​​​​​Lightning Alert System​

Often striking with little or no warning, lightning is one of the leading weather-related causes of death and injuries. To encourage lightning safety, Lee County Parks & Recreation has installed lightning alert systems at several park locations. We will use the lightning alert systems as a weather-monitoring tool that will provide additional protection to employees, recreational program participants and other park patrons.

The following park locations have been equipped with the lightning alert systems that will be operational ONLY during normal park hours and as warranted for special events:

​Name​Address
Alva Community Park

​21471 North River Road
Alva, FL 33920
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Bayshore Elementary School​​17050 Williams Road
North Fort Myers, FL 33917
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Brooks Community Park​​50 South Road
Fort Myers, FL 33907
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​Buckingham Community Park​9800 Buckingham Road
Fort Myers, FL 33905
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Estero Community Park​​9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Estero, FL 33928
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JetBlue Park​​11500 Fenway South Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913
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​​Karl J. Drews Community Center​​​18412 Lee Road
Fort Myers, FL 33967
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Kelly Road Soccer Complex​10750 Kelly Road
Fort Myers, Florida 33908
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Kurt Donaldson Community Park​​180 Hunter Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33909
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Lakes Regional Park​​7330 Gladiolus Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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Lehigh Acres Community Pool​​1400 West 5th St.
Lehigh Acres, FL 33972
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North Fort Myers Community Park​​2000 North Recreation Park Way
North Fort Myers, FL 33903
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North Fort Myers Community Pool​5170 Orange Grove Blvd.
North Fort Myers, FL 33903
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Phillips Park​​5675 Sesame Drive
Bokeelia, FL 33922
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Pine Island Community Pool​5675 Sesame Drive
Bokeelia, FL 33922
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​​Player Development Complex​4301 Edison Ave.
Fort Myers, Florida 33916
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Rutenberg Community Park​6500 South Pointe Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919
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San Carlos Community Pool​​8208 Sanibel Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33967
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San Carlos Park Elementary School​​17282 Lee Road
Fort Myers, FL 33967
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Tanglewood Elementary School​​1620 Manchester Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33919
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Terry Park Sports Complex​​3410 Palm Beach Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33916
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Three Oaks Community Park​18251 Three Oaks Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33967
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​​Veterans Community Park​​55 Homestead Road South
Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
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​Villas Elementary School​​8595 Beacon Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33906
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​​Wa-Ke Hatchee Community Park​​16760 Bass Road
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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How It Works

When the system detects lightning within 10 miles of the facility, the air horns sound an uninterrupted 15-second blast and the strobe light will activate. Park patrons who hear the horn and/or see the light need to seek shelter immediately. When the system no longer detects a threat, three 5-second blasts from the horn will sound and the strobe light will stop working. This is the signal that it is safe to return outdoors.

No system is fool-proof. Park visitors should always assess weather conditions before going outside and always be prepared to take the appropriate action needed to ensure one's safety. 
 

More Information

For more information on lightning safety, please visit the following websites:

Download the Weatherbug App by Earth Networks.

For more information about Lee County Parks & Recreation lightning prediction systems, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at 239-533-7275 or email LeeParks@leegov.com.