A message from Sharon McAllister about the Fort Myers Art Fest. She's going to attend my zoom meeting today (4PM Eastern time) to answer any questions.
A message from ArtFest Fort Myers Staff: We are truly grateful to those of you who continue to reach out to us in the wake of Hurricane Ian. We are thankful to report that we are all safe and have experienced minimal damage. Many photos have been circulated showing the devastation of our area. Many of these images are from Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel/Captiva, Pine Island, and other cities directly on the coast. Our hearts are broken for those who experienced such a tragic loss. It is truly devastating. But we want to stress that those photos do not represent Downtown Fort Myers. While Downtown Fort Myers did experience flooding, the water has long since receded. The ArtFest site is fine, and we are continuing to plan for the 2023 festival. We are in the process of jurying our artist applicants now, and our notification date will remain on schedule. Many businesses in Downtown Fort Myers continue to have their power restored, and some restaurants have already reopened, with more continuing to open. Hurricane Ian was unable to wash away our resilience. Southwest Florida is strong and will recover and come back stronger than ever. We look forward to seeing you at ArtFest 2023 in February.