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Fort Myers Anti Discrimination Referendum (November 2011)

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A Fort Myers Anti Discrimination Referendum measure was on the November 8, 2011 ballot in the city of Fort Myers which is in Lee County.

This measure sought to make it so that the city can not enact any ordinance which would discriminate against those over the age of 18. Business owners in the community brought this issue to the ballot because there were ordinances in place which prohibit those under 21 from going to certain businesses and they noted that it was bad for their businesses. Though it was noted that this measure would likely not make any substantial changes, those in favor stated that it was a step in the right direction.[1] Some business owners had come out against the wording of the measure, stating that it did not reflect what was agreed upon. While those in favor noted that the wording does not reflect what was stated in the petition, the city stated that the current language was what was agreed on. The City Attorney was the one who ultimately decided on the language and the city clerk noted that if residents were upset about the language they had ample time beforehand to question the changes in the wording.[2]

Election results

See also: 2011 ballot measure election results and Local ballot measure elections in 2011
Fort Myers Anti Discrimination Referendum
Approveda Yes 1,972 55.27%

Source: Lee County Elections, Unofficial Election Results

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

The city shall have no ordinance or policy which discriminates against persons having reached the age of majority- 18.[3]

See also


  1. CBS WINK News, "Anti-age discrimination referendum on ballot," September 23, 2011
  2. WINK News, "Ballot language questions in Fort Myers," October 25, 2011
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.