FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.,- Extra eyes are on spring breakers tonight! Lee County deputies are ramping up beach patrol, as students flock to Fort Myers Beach to celebrate a week off from school. But, an increase in visitors, means extra precautions to keep people safe.
Seven miles of beach is just a few miles from where Nick Deciccio goes to school. The Florida Gulf Coast University student choses Fort Myers Beach as his spring break destination.
"Just about relaxing, having a few drinks and living the good life. Just getting our mind off of the reality of school and other challenges we are facing."
It's been a hot spot for years. Students coming from across the country to make the best of a week without homework and tests.
"I've been coming here for four years, I came here my freshman year and just never wanted to leave," said FGCU student, Trevor Ekovich.
This destination beach continues to draw people back year after year. Rose and Flas say there is no age limit on who can enjoy spring break. They are on "senior spring break" and have been coming to Fort Myers Beach for the last 30 years.
"It brings back old memories!" "We can give the kids tips on things like how not to forget their "solo" cups."
But when you're a hot spot for spring breakers, the Lee County Sheriff's Office ramps up it's beach patrol, mainly throughout the first mile of Estero Boulevard. Deputies say that's the area where most of their calls come from.
"I've been out here for awhile and I've never seen the cops overdue their job, I mean if something goes down they are obviously here to help."
Deputies hope their presence will create a safe environment for visitors and promote safety.
At least four more deputies will be on Fort Myers Beach until spring break season is over. That's in addition to the others already assigned to the area.