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25 Jun 2013

Police Remind Citizens of Youth Curfew

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Now that school is out and summer is officially here the Fort Myers Police Department would like to remind citizens of the City’s Youth Protection Ordinance:

  • A minor may not be or remain in any public place or restricted area within the city limits between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, except in the case of 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.

The FMPD Juvenile Arrest and Monitor Unit (JAM) will be working throughout the summer educating families about the curfew and enforcing the ordinance. Attached is a list of exceptions and frequently asked questions related to the ordinance.

What are the exceptions?

  • Accompanied by a parent or another adult authorized by the parent to have custody of the minor.
  • With a person 21 years of age or older and that person has the permission of the parent to be in charge of the Minor
  • Involved in an emergency or engaged, with permission of the parent of the minor, in an emergency errand.
  • Attending or traveling directly to or from an activity that involves the exercise of rights protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
  • Going directly to or returning directly from lawful employment, or is in any public place or restricted area within the city limits in connection with or as required by a business, trade, profession, or occupation in which the minor is lawfully engaged.
  • Returning directly home from a school sponsored function, a religious function, or a function sponsored by a civic organization.
  • On the property or the sidewalk of the place where the minor resides or that of an adult next-door neighbor with the permission of that neighbor.
  • Engaged in interstate travel or bona fide intrastate travel with the consent of the parent of the minor.
  • Attending an organized event held at and sponsored by a theme park or entertainment complex as defined in F.S. § 509.013(9).

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What if my child wants to take a run at 10:00p.m? This would be a violation of the ordinance.
  • What if I send my child to the store at 10:30p.m. for medicine? This would not be a violation of the ordinance as it is an emergency defined by the parent.
  • My child participates in school activities that sometime run after 9:00 p.m. Is this a violation? This would not be a violation and is a noted exception.
  • My child gets off from work at 11:00p.m., would this be a violation? No, it is a noted exception, as long as the minor goes directly home from their place of employment.
  • Is my child allowed to drive around in a car after 9:00 p.m.? No, this would be a violation.
  • The ordinance states “a public place”, what does that mean? It means a place to which the public has access, including, but not limited to; streets, highways, public parks, parking garages, and the common areas of schools, hospitals, apartment houses, office buildings, transportation facilities, recreational areas in public housing and shops.

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Office: (239) 321-7700
Emergency: 911

Address: 2210 Widman Way, Fort Myers, FL 33901

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