People are excited to start the weekend in downtown Fort Myers as the area continues to bounce back from Hurricane Ian.

Friday’s art walk is special because it’s the first since the storm hit Southwest Florida.

The walk will also honor the first responders who helped everyone in Southwest Florida to clean up the city.

Getting ready for an art walk in downtown Fort Myers. CREDIT: WINK News

The Riverside Alliance is excited to bring the Art Walk tradition back to downtown Fort Myers. No events were held throughout October, because the area and buildings were flooded as a result of the surge.

For downtown Fort Myers businesses, the art walk is beneficial and brings a sense of normalcy back to the popular neighborhood.

Mudge Gorey, a bartender at Izzy’s, told WINK News how grateful he is to be back at work so soon after Ian.

“It was pretty good. I mean, a lot of people come here with a lot of workers and government employees that are part of FEMA and stuff; there’s a lot of extra traffic,” Horry said. “So it helps everybody, you know, the bottom line at the end of the day, and it’s nice to help people and serve good food or a cold beer when they come in.”

The art walk began Friday at 6 pm in downtown Fort Myers. The event will feature three bands and a raffle.

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