Published: Jun 19, 2014 7:14 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 20, 2014 11:07 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - With there being no curfew in some parts of Lee County, there's nothing other than their guardians stopping them from staying out late.

Like many malls in Southwest Florida, Coconut Point's outdoor facility draws in shoppers, young and old at all hours.

"You go there to shop, to see movies, but its fun to walk around there on the streets," says Roger Strelow with the Estero Council of Community Leaders.

Many nights, parents drop off their teens at the movies -- drive away -- and their kids end up someplace other than the silver screen. That can lead to trouble. For example, Lee County deputies say teens have shoplifted from the coconut point target. So WINK news wanted to know - should there be a curfew?

"Coconut Point management certainly doesn't want their stores to be feeling that their in difficulty, but there are ways I think of handling that," says Strelow.

Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott says its about parenting, not setting a curfew, "It is very much the parents primary responsibility to make sure that they have a game plan, to make sure the child goes out with some set of, I would think, parameters."

Officials at the coconut point mall tell WINK news, "While coconut point does not currently have teen curfews in place, we enforce a code of conduct throughout the mall as a proactive measure in maintaining a comfortable shopping experience.  

Sheriff Scott adds, "We can't just keep throwing a new law at whatever the issue happens to be."