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Two Lee County shelters to open as Nicole advances towards Florida

Posted at 10:51 AM, Nov 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-08 16:25:51-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lee County officials will reopen two shelters for residents continuing to experience issues with tenable housing, as Tropical Storm Nicole continues on a path toward Florida.

The system is expected to impact the east coast as a Category 1 hurricane, with Southwest Florida expected to experience tropical-storm-force winds and rainfall. Early forecasts indicate a possible 2-4 inches of rain impacting our area.

Due to the North Fort Myers Recreation Center operating as a voting space on Tuesday, the center will instead open Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. as a shelter, alongside the Estero Recreation Center.

Alico Arena, previously announced as a shelter location, is no longer available as an option, county leaders said.

LeeTran will transport people to the shelters from nine locations. The service is free:

  • Coconut Point Mall
  • Constitution Boulevard and U.S. 41
  • Fort Myers Beach Park & Ride
  • Sanibel Tanger Outlets
  • Edison Mall
  • Rosa Parks Transportation Center
  • Publix- Homestead Road, Lehigh Acres
  • Publix- Cape Coral North
  • Cape Coral Transfer Center
  • Merchants Crossing
  • Call 211 for more info.

Disaster recovery sites will be closed during the storm; the Pine Island and Fort Myers Beach locations will close today.

Ian debris pickup will continue until winds hit a certain level; garbage and recycling will remain on schedule until winds hit and surpass 30 mph. City, county, and school operations remain in effect but could change as situations warrant.