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City of Cape Coral to consider lightning detectors

By Staff | Oct 2, 2015

By JIM LINETTE

jlinette@breezenewspapers.com

Cape Coral City Council will consider buying a lightning detection system for city parks at Monday’s regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Approval for the purchase of WeatherBug lightning detection systems from Earth Networks, to be installed at 17 city parks locations, is on the agenda.

The system monitors weather conditions and alerts people of dangerous lightning in the area. City staff currently uses a manual system during athletic activities.

WeatherBug system sensors already are installed in Lee County at all high schools and 19 Lee County parks. By purchasing the same system as Lee County, Cape Coral’s system will be compatible with any WeatherBug sensors currently in place without additional cost to the city.

The system being requested consists of 17 outdoor lightning alert systems and installation at a cost of $118,511 from the Parks & Recreation budget.

In other business, Council will be asked to approve a title status analysis in order to re-plat property for a development called Eagles Landing Estates located between SW 44th Terrace and SW 45th Street.

Council also will hold a final public hearing on an ordinance approving a planned development project known as The Resort at Tranquility Lake, a 188-acre tract of land west of Burnt Store Road south of Durden Parkway and north of the Oswell Canal to be developed into a recreational vehicle park.

This development received approval from City Council at a recent meeting for the developer to design and construct internal and external water, sewer and irrigation utility lines to be temporarily connected to the Charlotte County utility lines about a mile north of the park site until such time as city utilities are made available to the development site.

There is no meeting on Oct. 12 in observance of Columbus Day. The next regular council meeting after Monday is on Oct. 19 in Council Chambers.