CCFD, evening briefing: Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m.
The Cape Coral Fire Department is providing the residents of Cape Coral with ongoing updates concerning Hurricane Irma.
This update was released at 6 p.m. Thursday:
Due to the Labor Day holiday, trash pick up has been delayed for a day. If your regularly scheduled pick up day is Thursday, your trash will be picked up Friday. If your regularly scheduled trash pickup day is Friday, unfortunately, your trash will not be picked up. Please do not put your bins or any other items at the curb. Residential services have been suspended beginning Saturday.
Residents are asked to not put bulk items curbside at this time. These items will not be able to be collected prior to the storm making landfall. These items can become projectiles, potentially causing injury, property damage, or becoming a road obstruction.
With the exception of beer, the City is suspending the sale of, or the offer to sell, alcoholic beverages within the City of Cape Coral effective at close of business Friday (9/8)/Saturday (9/9) at 2 a.m.
Lee County has announced evacuations planned for Friday. There are no mandatory evacuations for specific areas of Cape Coral. HOWEVER, mobile and manufactured homes and liveaboard vessels throughout Lee County will be issued an evacuation. Mandatory evacuation will also be issued for barrier islands including Bonita Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, and Pine Island.
Please remember that while you may not be asked to evacuate, once winds reach 40 mph sustained, emergency services will be suspended. 9-1-1 will still take calls and add them to a queue. Calls will be triaged and will be responded to once operations have resumed. Residents should continue to prepare by having a family disaster/evacuation plan, making sure their disaster supply kits are ready and by staying informed.
The following shelters will be open for evacuees beginning 9 a.m. Friday:
* East Lee County High School, 715 Thomas Sherwin Ave., Lehigh Acres
* Varsity Lakes Middle School, 801 Gunnery Road., Lehigh Acres
* Harns Marsh Middle School, 1820 Unice Ave. N., Lehigh Acres
* Oak Hammock Middle School, 5321 Tice St., Fort Myers
* Island Coast High School, 2125 De Navarra Pkwy., Cape Coral
* South Ft. Myers High School, 14020 Plantation Road., Fort Myers
* Estero Rec Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Road., Estero
While there are currently no incidents, there is heavy volume. Please be cautious and patient when on the road.
Drivers should expect delays and allot extra time if you are trying to find and buy fuel. If you are looking for fuel, you can download the mobile app: Gas Buddy or Waze. Both keep real time gas prices along with availability. It’s only as good as the information people send it so be sure to report any station that is out, etc.
By order of Governor Rick Scott, tolls have been suspended on State roads at this time, such as the Florida turnpike. Tolls have also been suspended for Lee County bridges.
CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES:
* City Hall was closed on Thursday and will be closed on Friday (9/7 & 9/8).
* Thursday’s (9/7) first public hearing on the city budget was canceled. Re-schedule date is TBD.
* Monday’s (9/11) special and regular City Council meetings have been canceled.
* All Parks and Recreation programs through the weekend have been canceled.
* Cape Coral Municipal Charter Schools and Lee County Schools were closed Thursday and will be closed Friday. The city charter schools will be closed Monday.
For the latest information visit “http://www.capecoral.net/hurricane”>www.capecoral.net/hurricane. Updated safety information and tips can be found under the “Preparedness and Safety Tips” tab. If you have not already done so, please download the free Ping4alerts! App. This is the official application used by the City of Cape Coral for real-time, location-based, emergency alerts. You can learn more and download it at www.capecops.com/ping4.