FORT MYERS, Fla. - According to Art Walk's co-founder, the event draws more than 1500 visitors to the downtown area each month. Many of those visitors patronize the shops and restaurants as they stroll looking at different art exhibits. Recently though, Fort Myers police have issued several open container citations after patrons left the establishment they where they purchased alcoholic beverages, with drinks in hand.
Some restaurant owners say they believe this will cause people to shy away from the event. So some have suggested different permitting for the event. Some have suggested shutting down the streets downtown for the event, much like the City does for New Years or 4th of July celebrations.
But the co - founder of the event, Jaime Kuser says, "Art Walk is about Art, not alcohol". Kuser says he is happy with the event staying just as it is.