|Published:||Jul 23, 2012 4:57 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 23, 2012 5:40 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS-Fla.- "Overall the event went smooth. We had no problems. The route was secured as the Secret Service had hoped. We had downtown secured," said Fort Myers Police Dept. Lt. James Mulligan.
He said with all the changes communication was key during the President's visit, especially when it came to traffic and crowd control.
"It was a good cooperation among all the agencies involved it was Lee County, Cape Coral, EMS, Fire, Lee County Port Authority," said Mulligan.
Mulligan said there were no arrests during the event and EMS responded to only a few minor calls.
Still, with much of MLK and downtown closed for several hours, traffic tie-ups cost some local business owners money. The owner of Toot's Dollar Store says sales dropped 50 percent, which is a loss he predicted days before.
Skip Mufalli said, "From 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., we did $18: twelve waters and six $1 beers. If it wasn't for Music Walk later that night the day would have been a total wash."
At Ford's Garage, the extra servers they scheduled for Obama's visit, turned out to be unnecessary.
Manager, Jeff Muench said, "A little busier than a normal Friday lunch, but we expected a little bit more for a little bit longer time. We were full at 11am, which we are normally not, but then it died off earlier in the afternoon, earlier than we expected it to."
Lt. Mulligan expects overtime will be minimal and authorities are looking into the fiscal effect of changing the presidents visit from a campaign stop... to a somber speech for the victim's of Aurora.
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