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After Ian: Updates for Wednesday, Oct. 5

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Posted at 4:52 AM, Oct 05, 2022

Information we receive about power and utility restoration, food and other important recovery efforts will be posted here.

Scripps Howard Fund Hurricane Ian relief drive: Text STORM to 50155 or click here to make a contribution.

OUTAGES - Click here for information on interactive outage maps. Utility companies are aware of the widespread outages and ask you do not make new outage reports. FPL outages are sourced from the online map reports and indicate estimated restoration times; LCEC's outages are posted at regular intervals on their Storm Center page.

FPL OUTAGES AS OF 1PM Wednesday, Oct. 5
Manatee - 3,970
Sarasota - 42,570
DeSoto - 9,490
Charlotte - 58,390
Lee - 41,750
Hendry - 1,340
Collier - 8,630

LCEC OUTAGES AS OF 6AM Wednesday, Oct. 5
Marco Island - 2,484 out (17,098 on)
Immokalee - 227 out (15,513 on)
Carnestown - 393 out (2,846 on)
Lehigh Acres - 485 out (32,641 on)
North Fort Myers - 36,710 out (19,569 on)
Cape Coral - 81,219 out (13,057 on)
Pine Island - 7,398 out (0 on)
Sanibel - 10,946 out (0 on)

From LCEC: An additional 700 line workers and tree-trimmers were added to the team. These crews will continue to repair main circuits in Lee County including the areas of Lehigh Acres and North Fort Myers. A large complement of crews will also focus on restoring the backbone infrastructure in Cape Coral in order to enable more and more restoration of neighborhoods and businesses. Duke Energy crews will arrive in SWFL tomorrow to help and will then be utilized to begin work on Pine Island later this week. The additional assistance and collaboration with the Governor’s office will continue until all power is restored to Pine Island and Sanibel.

  • FPL has opened outage relief centers where customers can get updates, depending on location, ice, water, device charging, etc.; locations are listed here as they open each day.
    • Port Charlotte: 19100 Murdock Circle
    • Fort Myers: 2980 Edison Avenue
    • Fort Myers: 12401 Summerlin Road
    • Fort Myers: 10750 Kelly Road
    • Fort Myers: 17105 San Carlos Blvd.
    • Naples: 500 Park Shore Drive
    • Holmes Beach: 5701 Marina Drive
    • Venice: 326 S. Nokomis
    • North Port: 17000 Tamiami Trail
    • Punta Gorda: 5001 Taylor Road
    • Estero: 9100 Williams Road

    The City of Cape Coral has electronic device charging stations located at City Hall, Police Department Headquarters, and Fire Department Stations (with the exception of Fire Station 10) available daily, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Charlotte County Utilities Department is temporarily suspending late fees and water shut-offs for non-payment until further notice. For Hurricane Ian information, call the Charlotte County Emergency Operations Center at 941-833-4000 or 941-743-1320.

    SHELTERS/RECOVERY CENTERS
    Disaster Recovery Center open at Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, open 9am-6pm daily.

    Lee County has adjusted its shelter operations to adjust for current needs:

    • Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero
    • Hertz Arena, 11000 Everblades Pkwy., Estero
    • South Fort Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road, Fort Myers

    FUEL
    A pop-up fueling station is being set up at the STARS complex, where a tanker will be available to top off tanks from 7am-12pm. Credit or debit only.

    HELP WANTED
    Cape Coral is hiring debris removal monitors/contractors. Call 1-866-960-2325 (option 2) for more details.

    Thompson Consulting will hire local residents to support Lee County debris removal efforts. No physical labor involved and no experience is necessary. Hiring event 4 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, 2050 Broadway Circle, Fort Myers. Click here [PDF] for full details.

    VOLUNTEERS
    Statewide, those interested in helping in the Ian recovery effort can visit http://www.volunteerflorida.org to sign up.

    Harry Chapin Food Bank needs volunteers; those interested can click here to register and pick a time to help.

    The Charlotte County Volunteer Reception Center is now open. To register and receive an assignment with an agency that needs assistance, visit 227 Sullivan St., Punta Gorda, FL 33950, open from 7–11 a.m. daily. You can also register at coadfl.org.
    Donations of food and goods are being accepted at St. Vincent de Paul, 25200 Airport Road, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

    INSURANCE ISSUES/REBUILDING
    To apply for FEMA assistance, visit this website.

    Lamar Advertising is providing free tarp for those who need roof coverage at their office at 14580 Global Parkway from 9am-5pm now through Friday.

    The City of North Port Building Division is now open for in-person, phone and online business to assist North Port’s residents, businesses and contractors. Permits to repair damage caused by Hurricane Ian are being expedited. Permit applications for roof repairs may be submitted online at NorthPortFL.gov/Building or in person at City Hall, 4970 City Hall Blvd., and are being issued within 24 hours.

    Those with concerns related to insurance are invited to attend an "insurance village" (also known as an "Initial Payment Center," at Port Charlotte Town Center, 1441 Tamiami Trail, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., which will be open daily until further notice.

    If you believe you have fallen victim to insurance fraud or an unlicensed contractor, you can call the State Attorney's Office at 1-239-533-1342.

    Lee County has announced the opening of an office for special rebuilding permits for construction and well water systems. The City of Fort Myers has waived permit fees associated with rebuilding as a result of the hurricane for 90 days effective Sep 30th.

    The City of Punta Gorda Building department will be open during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). The inspection request line and online services for scheduling inspections are currently live. All state and local contractors must still register and obtain a permit for any roofing work performed over three (3) squares (300 sq ft) in the City of Punta Gorda. Please call (941) 575-3324.

    Operation Blue Roof provides no-cost temporary repairs for roofs damaged by Ian in Charlotte and Lee Counties. Call 888-766-3258 or visit Blueroof.us

    WATER SAFETY
    Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. has restored water service throughout all Little Hickory Island on Bonita Beach. Some individual homes, condominiums or businesses do not have service due to leaks in the building or on the customer’s property. As water service becomes available, customers are advised to boil water for drinking until otherwise notified. Water service may be turned off at some properties. Customers are advised to contact BSU Customer Service when they return to their property, so water can be turned back on while they are present.

    Collier County emergency officials confirm all boil water notices have been lifted, including the City of Naples.

    All Charlotte County Utilities Department customers should have water service at this time. Please be aware that your water pressure may be lower than normal. As a reminder, please limit your usage, and you are currently under a boil water notice until further notice.
    Please contact the Emergency Management call center at 941-743-1320 or 941-833-4000 if you do not have water, or see a large amount of water coming out of the ground, or are experiencing a sewer backup.

    A Boil Water Notice remains in effect for all customers of Lee County Utilities as well as other utilities serving Lee County. This includes residents of Fort Myers, Cape Coral. Customers of some utilities – such as FGUA in Lehigh and Bonita Springs Utilities – no longer have to boil water. Check with your utility to determine your status – but if you do not know, continue to boil as a precaution.

    CURFEWS
    The City of North Port says an overnight curfew has been revised to be in effect from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. starting this evening. The only exception is work commutes.

    Most of Lee County remains under a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Pine Island, Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Beach are under a 24/7 curfew.

    • Sanibel is under a 24/7 curfew until Thursday, when the city transitions to a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.

    A mandatory curfew is in place for all unincorporated Collier County beginning tonight at midnight, 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. City of Naples curfew begins tonight at 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. for residential neighborhoods until further notice.

    The curfew for Charlotte County has been amended to 10 p.m. - 6 a.m., effective immediately.

    WASTE MANAGEMENT

    WM (Waste Management) of Charlotte County resumes residential garbage collection service today on its regular schedule. WM will collect only household garbage in carts and bags. Recycling, yard waste and bulk items will not be collected at this time. Commercial and roll off service has also resumed.

    The City of Naples has resumed garbage and recycling collections for all single-family, multi-family, and commercial properties as of Monday. Visit https://www.naplesgov.com/hurricane/page/solid-waste-debris-removal for full instructions/details.

    Charlotte County curbside collection service resumes today. Regular household solid waste only. No recycling, vegetation, or construction and demolition will be collected until further notice. Before discarding refrigerators, remove all food items. Food being discarded should be bagged before going into solid waste bins. Mini-transfer facilities and the landfill remain closed at this time.

    North Port garbage pickup resumes today, along with debris pickup. Recycling resumes normal schedule Oct. 12.

    Waste Pro (Cape Coral) and Lee County Solid Waste have resumed collection schedules. Household garbage only, including everyday trash and spoiled food items — Collection of recycling, horticulture, and bulk waste will resume later. If you need to order a replacement container, fill out this online form.

    LEE COUNTY DEBRIS-DROP OFF SITES (RESIDENTIAL)

    • Mosquito Control, 1840 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres
    • Brooks Park, 50 South Road, Fort Myers
    • San Carlos Utility Site, 18078 Cypress Point Road, Fort Myers
    • Shell Factory, 2805 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers
      • Businesses are encouraged to take their storm debris to the Waste-to-Energy Facility, 10500 Buckingham Road, and will be charged by weight. It will be open regular hours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      • Landscaping companies hauling vegetative storm debris cleared from residential properties will need a signed declaration from the resident indicating the address where the debris was generated. No debris will be accepted without a signed declaration.

    Cape Coral residents may drop off vegetative debris at 1130 NW 28th Place from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

    • You must bring ID to show you are a Cape Coral resident. Do not place debris in bags.

    Oregon Products is set up at the SWFL Enterprise Center to help sharpen chainsaws and any products needed for tree removal free of charge - They'll be there for the next week to 10 days.

    FOOD AND WATER
    Pinellas County Schools is providing food TOMORROW, October 6th, 11AM-2PM at James Stephens Elementary School, 1333 Marsh Avenue, Fort Myers.

    The City of Cape Coral has drinking water available for refilling containers (you must bring your own container):

    • Diplomat Middle School, 1039 NE 16th Terr.
    • Mariner Middle School, 425 Chiquita Blvd N.

    St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Naples has food, water, and Meals Ready-to-Eat (MREs) available daily at 5225 Golden Gate Parkway.

    Murdock Baptist Church is holding a food distribution at noon - 18375 Cochran Blvd., Port Charlotte.

    St. Katherine's Catholic Church (1922 SW 20th Ave., Cape Coral) is handing out supplies this week from 9am-3pm daily. Food, water, baby wipes, and other supplies are available.

    Shuckers is hosting a donation drop-off and pick-up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 11101 Summerlin Square Drive (beach park & ride lot). Clothing, toiletries, and food are available, along with charging and internet stations.

    In partnership with Miami-Dade Schools, the School District of Lee County is distributing food to families in need on Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 at the School District offices on 2855 Colonial Blvd.

    St. Matthew's House is holding a food distribution at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex, 3940 City Gate Blvd S, from 10am-12pm.

    The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be distributing water and food from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the following locations:

    • Montura Ranch: 255 N Hacienda St, Clewiston, FL 33440
    • Cape Coral Elementary: 4519 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33904

    and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the following locations:

    • Forrey Drive: 785 Forrey Dr, LaBelle, FL 33935
    • Golden Gate Community Center: 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples, FL 34116

    McDonald's Mobile Kitchen "McRig" will be providing meals Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-4pm at the McDonald's store at 13418 S McCall Rd. in Port Charlotte.

    Sarasota County has created a Twitter thread listing points of distribution, which you can access here.

    Lee County released a list of distribution points, which will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    • Old Bonita Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs
    • Kelly Road Soccer Complex, 10750 Kelly Road, Fort Myers
    • Cape Coral Sports Complex, 1410 Sports Blvd., Cape Coral
    • Cape Coral Leonard Street, 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral
    • Estero High School Ballfield Park, 9100 Williams Road, Estero
    • North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers
    • Fleamasters Fleamarket, 4135 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers
    • Veterans Park Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Road S., Lehigh Acres
    • Across the street from City Hall, 1020 Cultural Park Blvd, Cape Coral
    • Coral Oaks Golf Course, 1800 NW 28th Ave, Cape Coral

    Charlotte County has three food and water distribution centers opened:

    • Muscle Car City Museum, 10175 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Charlotte Sports Park, 2300 El Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Tringali Recreation Center, 3460 N Access Rd. Englewood, 8am-6pm

    DONATIONS
    An item dropoff is being held behind the Fort Myers Skatium, 2250 Broadway Circle, until 6 p.m. Call 239-321-7510 for more info.

    Ocean Church at 2016 Kismet Parkway in Cape Coral is a FEMA collection site. Diapers (adult and infant), baby wipes, formula, tarps, cleaning supplies, gas cans, portable grills, and propane tanks are in highest need at this time.

    CAN Community Health holds a donation drive today at 10am at Edison Mall (between Macy's and Dillard's) - water, canned goods, cleaning supplies, baby needs, and much more accepted. More info at http://cancommumityhealth.org/hurricane-ian-assistance

    HYGIENE
    Cape Coral has a hygiene station open (2817 SW 3rd Ln) from 8am-7pm daily. Showers, restrooms, cooling areas, charging stations and laundry facilities are available.

    Tide "Loads of Love" is operating daily from 9am-5pm at the Walmart at 545 Pine Island Road.

    TRANSPORTATION
    Southwest Florida International Airport is expected to resume public operations with a limited schedule on Wednesday.

    Charlotte County Transit resumed operations on Tuesday. To make a reservation call 941-575-4000.

    Ft. Myers-based Seminole Gulf Railway sustained substantial damage from Hurricane Ian. Several bridge structures were destroyed by the storm surge at Caloosahatchee and Peace Rivers, making the railroad inoperable for several months.

    MEDICAL
    A Disaster Medical Assistance Team has been deployed to North Port and will serve as a mobile health facility until further notie. The DMAT is located at Tamiami Trail (Hwy 41) and Sumter Blvd.

    KIDZ Medical Services is open and seeing young patients. 2600 Immokalee Rd., Naples. Leadership at the medical center says, "No child will be turned away."

    GoodRx is offering free telehealth services with code FL-CARE-100

    Lee Health wants to let the community know that Lee Convenient Care – Bonita Health Center (3501 Health Center Blvd.) is now OPEN for urgent care services that are NOT emergencies. Hours are 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. every day until further notice.
    Click here for updates on other Lee Health facility reopening status.

    A Mobile Health Clinic is set up at Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero. The clinic is currently open 24 hours a day providing urgent care services.

    HCA Florida Cape Coral Emergency at 322 SW Pine Island Road has re-opened.

    FPL announced it has restored service to all hospitals in its coverage area. This is expected to expedite recovery and reopenings for ERs and medical facilities.

    Veterans enrolled for VA Health Care in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Veterans who receive care in the network can call 1-877-741-3400 around the clock to get their health questions or concerns answered.

    Shorepoint Hospitals are back online in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.

    Remote emergency room open at Cultural Center in Port Charlotte.

    LEGAL
    A free legal help hotline is now available for Hurricane Ian victims in the affected counties that include Polk.
    The hotline is available to connect residents to free legal services in qualifying counties that cannot afford an attorney. Residents can call (866) 550-2929 or click this link.

    SCHOOLS
    All Lee County Schools campuses will remain closed this week. An opening date has yet to be announced while district leaders go over damage reports.
    Collier County Schools will resume operations on Thursday.
    Glades County Schools resumed operations on Monday.
    Hendry County Schools classes resume on Tuesday.
    DeSoto County Schools will remain closed until further notice.
    Charlotte County Schools campuses will remain closed until further notice.

    PETS/ANIMALS
    University of Florida Veterinarians is offering free veterinary services. The daily service will run 9am-5pm daily from Terry Park, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd. until further notice.

    COMMUNICATIONS
    Click here for Verizon's critical response updates.
    Verizon is operating two emergency communication centers at the following locations:

    • Port Charlotte Town Center Mall, 1441 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL (open daily 10:00am - 6:00pm)
    • 2525 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL (open daily 8:00am - 5:00pm)

    Click here for Comcast/Xfinity's critical response updates.
    Xfinity provides free WiFi at Veteran's Community Park from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. — 1895 Veteran's Park Drive, Naples

    MISCELLANEOUS
    The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Bonita Springs, 9080 Bonita Beach, is open from 9am-5pm Tuesday-Friday. Donations are being accepted and items including appliances, furniture, mattresses, paint and more, are available for sale.

    Bones Coffee, 79 Mid Cape Terrace, is offering free coffee and device charging stations today.

    Mercato: Tomorrow's regularly scheduled outdoor concert featuring Little Eddie & The Fat Fingers will double as a relief benefit for St. Matthews House. 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the event lawn near Rocco's Tacos - FREE admission, donations recommended.

    Furniture Warehouse of Port Charlotte is giving away mattresses Thursday at 10am to residents who suffered a loss from the hurricane. 1241 El Jobean Rd.

    Goodwill is offering individuals and families who suffered a loss of personal items a $25 voucher (maximum of 4 per family) from 10am - 4pm at the following Goodwill retail stores and Community Resource Centers:

    • Del Prado, 3226 Del Prado Blvd. S., Cape Coral
    • LaBelle, 91 S. Lee Street, LaBelle
    • Bonita Springs, 11601 Bonita Beach Road SE.
    • Palm Beach, 4162 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers
    • Clewiston Goodwill, 957 W Sugarland Hwy
    • Cape Christian Church, 2110 Chiquita Blvd. S., Cape Coral

    All City of Cape Coral Parks & Recreation locations are closed due to the impacts of Hurricane Ian.