The Fort Myers Police Department wants to remind parents and their children that there are curfews in place for the City and the parent of a minor is responsible to ensure that their child does not violate that provision. A minor is defined as a person 17 years of age or under.
Fort Myers Ordinance 50-133 states:
- Minors may not be or remain in any public place or restricted area within the city limits between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, except on a legal holiday.
· A minor may not be or remain in any public place or restricted area within the city limits between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and legal holidays.
· A minor who has been suspended, expelled, and/or truant from school may not be or remain in any public place or restricted area within the city limits during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during any day that their school is in session.
· If a minor violates the curfew, they shall receive a written warning for the first violation and a fine of $110.00 for each following violation.
· A parent who knowingly permits the minor to violate any provision of this article, after having received a prior written warning, is guilty of a civil infraction and shall pay a fine of $110.00. A second violation shall result in a fine of $200.00. The fine for the third and subsequent violations shall be a minimum of $200.00, but not exceed $250.00.
When a minor is accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years of age, completing an emergency errand, participating in an exercise protected under the First Amendment, traveling directly to/from lawful employment, a school/religious/civic sponsored function, at personal or neighbor residence or other travel with consent of parent.