FM Community Concert Association cancels season
The Fort Myers Community Concert Association has canceled the five performances of the 2021 season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Board President Mary Lee Mann announced.
It is the first time in its 72-year history that an entire season has been canceled.
“After much deliberation and soul searching, our board has decided we must cancel our 2021 season,” she said. “We took into consideration several important facts: the limited availability of the COVID-19 vaccine locally, the steady increase in our local positivity rates, the projected post-holiday surges, the new more contagious COVID variant, and most difficult to overcome, our inability to socially distance membership in the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.”
While other events are still ongoing at the hall, seats are limited due to the six-foot social distancing perimeter. Mann said the configuration makes it impossible to accommodate the 1,700 members of the association.
“The majority of our patrons are in the highly vulnerable age group,” she said. “We had hoped the situation would improve by now, but it hasn’t. We just don’t feel we can risk the health and safety of our members by bringing them together in such a large group during a pandemic.”
Season ticket holders will be offered the option of either a refund or a credit toward next year’s season, which Mann said is being organized now and will be announced in the spring.
For more information, visit www.fortmyerscommunityconcerts.org.