FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. -- The Island Hopper Songwriter Fest spent the week in Lee County, closing off on Fort Myers Beach, Sunday, as business owners reaped the benefits.
Country music fans took over the beach, where several artists performed for the annual event. "I just love it. It's my third year and I have to say it's just fabulous," said Jane Hardy, one fan.
Businesses at the beach also enjoyed the event because it provided an economic boost for the summer. "It's actually exactly what we need. Right at the end of slow season, you need a couple events like this," said Roberto Fuschi, manager at Sunset Beach Tropical Grill.
Some, like the staff at Nervous Nellie's, prepared for the weekend by getting some permits. The Fort Myers Beach Town Council approved an extension of the popular spot's liquor license, so they could serve customers on county property. "They also extended for half an hour later, so instead of 10 we go until 10:30. So we're really pleased to have that," said Nervous Nellie's manager Freddy Magana. "People really love their country music around here and they have been excited. People are jumping and dancing and clapping."
Police was present in the area to make sure everyone enjoyed safely. "It doesn't get any better," said another party-goer.