FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pete Winton, Lee County Administration, (941) 335-2777
COMMISSION APPROVES WORK RELEASE PROGRAM/NEW AIR AMBULANCE
FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 6, 2002) – The Board of Lee County Commissioners today approved the following items during its regular weekly meeting. They are:
Release – Authorized the Sheriff to establish a “Work-Release”
Program for non-violent prisoners in the Lee County Jail System.
The non-violent offender could start working in the community about 60
days before his or her scheduled release date, providing a period to learn a job
and transition back into the work force. For
more information, contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Shelters – Approved an agreement for the Town of Fort Myers Beach to
participate in the county’s Hurricane Shelter Deficit Reduction Program. The agreement sets up a way for the town to participate in
shelter projects that benefit its residents and to pay $42,218 for its share of
county funds that have been spent on addressing the hurricane shelter deficit
since the town incorporated in 1995. For
more information, call John Wilson at 335-1601.
– Authorized spending $185,950 to reserve an airframe for a new air ambulance
helicopter. The existing helicopter
ambulance is 13 years old and its availability is decreasing due to general
maintenance and repairs (current 82% availability compared to desirable standard
of 95%). It would be kept as a
backup. The cost of a new
helicopter fully equipped is about $5.5 million.
For more information, contact John Wilson.
Rangers – Authorized Parks &
Recreation to work with county attorneys to develop a policy and procedure for
use of “pepper spray” by county park rangers.
The spray would be used for defensive purposes.
Rangers now patrol 3,500 acres of developed park land and nearly 8,000
acres of Conservation 2020 preserves, which can be remote.
The use of the spray would be restricted to circumstances authorized by
law and only to the degree necessary to accomplish lawful objectives, such as
protection of persons and defense of rangers.
For more information, contact John Yarbrough at 461-7410.
– Directed county staff to negotiate to purchase a 200-acre parcel west of
Harnes Marsh Preserve in east Lee County through the Conservation 2020 Program
and a 75-acre tract east of Six Mile Cypress Slough.
For more information, contact Karen Forsyth at 479-8506.
Light – Approved funding not to
exceed $15,000 to partially fund a traffic signal at U.S. 41 and Tara Woods in
North Fort Myers. Tara Woods would
cover the remainder of the cost. For
more information, contact Scott Gilbertson at 479-8580.
– Capped Lee County’s share of the potential purchase of the Newton Estate
on Fort Myers Beach at $969,230 or 38%, whichever is lower.
– Approved $426,000 to design and permit landscaping and irrigation in the
median areas of Ben Hill Griffin Parkway from Alico Road to Corkscrew Road, and
Corkscrew Road from Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to I-75.
The project will be paid by the University Overlay Landscape &
Irrigation Taxing District of property owners along the roadways (Municipal
Services Benefit Unit). Total
project cost can go up to $2 million. For
more information, contact Libby Walker at 335-2269.
– Approved an agreement with the Gateway Services District to pay for the new
soccer complex at Gateway Community Park with a $1.2 million loan repaid with
future community park district impact fees.