FORT MYERS, Fla.- The Lee County NAACP is considering adding on Occupy Fort Myers protesters to their insurance policy, in order to avert eviction from Centennial Park.
"We agree with the concept of what they're here for, what they stand for," Lee County NAACP President James Muwakki said Thursday.
Leaders of the Lee County NAACP could soon back Occupy protesters- fundamentally and financially. They're considering adding on the group to their $1-million dollar Liability Insurance policy, in order to comply with the city's requests of protesters.
"I think it would help a lot. I think the police intimidation has helped keep our numbers down to some degree. It's also prevented us from organizing and actually doing the things we want to do," Occupy Fort Myers organizer Matthew McDowell said Thursday.
Occupy Fort Myers protesters have been fined and given mandatory court appearances over the past three weeks for camping on city property after hours and without a proper permit or insurance coverage.
If the NAACP adds them on, Occupy organizers say they'll have met the city's demands. Either way, they say they won't be packing up anytime soon.
"I don't believe Washington is moving any faster than they have in the last couple hundred years. We'd love to be gone tomorrow, but sadly, I think it's going to take a little while," McDowell said.
The Lee County NAACP says they're strongly leaning toward insuring the Occupy group. They're waiting for clearance from their national headquarters before confirming.
WINK News tried contacting the City Attorney's Office to confirm Occupy protestors' compliance, but our call was not immediately returned.