Downtown Fort Myers cameras and security

Posted at 10:11 AM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 15:38:31-05

DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Accountability and security. The mayor of Fort Myers says he's focusing on the safety of the city.

Announcing the city's surveillance project is complete and their 49 security camera will be rolling on the new year's eve celebration downtown. 

Tonight's celebration marks the first major event downtown since ZombiCon, where multiple people were shot and one man was killed, the shooter- never caught. 
If you're headed downtown to ring in the new year, know you're being watched...49 security camera units are up and running...and the mayor, city council, and police chief say enjoy yourself tonight.. you have nothing to worry about.
The cameras, which will only be recording during big events, will hold people accountable according to Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson. He thinks this is an opportunity to move forward. 
"Everytime I go to an airport and I get checked out. I always remind myself of osama bin laden. He's dead and gone. We're moving on with our lives. That's what the city of fort myers is doing right here. We're gonna move on and we're gonna live life to it's fullest," Mayor Henderson said.
Police Chief Dennis Eads is happy to see what he calls a new crime fighting tool in place.
"I've walked around downtown, I've Talked to people from different cities around the country, and they're surprised we didn't already have this in place," Chief Eads said. 
So how do people feel about the added layer of security as they ring in the New Year?
"People are watching you now, behave yourself."