County received a return on investment it put into Art of the Olympians
Fox 4 News Staff
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - We're working to find out if Lee County lost any money now that a museum dedicated to the Olympics suddenly closed in Fort Myers.
A binder chronicles every mention of the Art of the Olympians Museum during the London games.
"I didn't buy an ad to sell the community," said Tamara Pigott, the executive director of the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau (VCB). "I let the Art of the Olympians story help us sell the community,"
From just that event, the museum generated $2.85 million for Lee County, according to the VCB. A documentary, visit by the Prince of Monaco and national media coverage to name a few. On Wednesday, the gallery suddenly closed after its CEO resigned.
"This is an asset for our community and to hear they had closed their doors, i was saddened by that."
Since the gallery opened three years ago, the county's given it about $950 thousand in bed tax money.
"Has their been a return on the investment?" asked Sarann. "I think there has been a return on the investment," said Pigott.
But Pigott says features like the Olympic rings on the gallery's building gave not just the museum meaning but all of downtown Fort Myers.
"To draw people in to learn more about the Olympics, it gave Fort Myers a very special place," said Pigott. "The impacts of that are to be determined."