FORT MYERS, Fla. -A local man is advertising his belief that the city of Fort Myers is bad for small business. He says, the city should remove some wooden posts that could prevent customers from driving into his parking lot.
Gary Wolfe is running a continuous message on the large electronic board outside his office. It reads: "The city of Fort Myers is BAD for small business...step inside and find out more.."
"Those posts impair vehicles trying to get to my business. That hurts," said Wolfe, owner of Edison Insurance on Palm Beach Blvd. "I also worry about public safety. The posts make it very tight to turn from the boulevard into my parking lot. Invevitably, there's going to be a crash, or a pedestrian is going to be hit, and part of the reason will be those posts." Wolfe says he is getting a positive response to his message against the city.
Wolfe's neighbor, Conrad Baas, installed the wooden posts, also known as bollards, more than a year ago. Baas says he wanted to stop the cars, cutting across his parking lot, to get to the insurance office."It is my property and I obtained the proper permits. He (Wolfe) has no right to say he should have cars using my property to get to his business. I pay the taxes and keep my property clean, it is not free for him to use," Baas told WINK News.
The community development director for the city confirmed to WINK that Baas did obtain permits for the bollards. The director says there is no effort to harm anyone's business.
However, Wolfe says he will continue to run the 'bad for business' message, until the posts are removed.