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Lee County operations make adjustments for Independence Day

By Staff | Jul 2, 2019

The Fourth of July holiday will result in some closures and schedule changes for Lee County operations. Lee County offices will be open for regular business hours today, July 3, and reopen on Friday, July 5. The following are adjustments due to Independence Day which falls on Thursday:

Solid Waste

All garbage, recycling and yard waste collections in unincorporated Lee County, the City of Bonita Springs, the Village of Estero and the Town of Fort Myers Beach will take place one day after the regularly scheduled collection day beginning Thursday, July 4. This means that if the regular collection day is Thursday, the collection truck will pick up that material on Friday. Friday’s regularly scheduled pickups will occur on Saturday. This schedule is in effect through Saturday, July 6. Regular collection schedules resume on July 8.

Lee County Solid Waste facilities and offices are closed Independence Day, including the Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility, 6441 Topaz Court, and the Resource Recovery Facility on Buckingham Road. The Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility, which is normally opened on the first Saturday of each month, will be closed on July 6 but will be open on July 13.

The Solid Waste Division urges all residents to recycle the plastic, metal and glass from their Independence Day celebrations.

Lee County DOT

Lee County Department of Transportation will close the Cape Coral Bridge from 3 a.m. Thursday, July 4, through 3 a.m. Friday, July 5, to accommodate Cape Coral’s Red, White and Boom celebration.

Motorists are encouraged to use the Midpoint Memorial Bridge or the U.S. 41 and Business 41 bridges as alternate routes. DOT has placed message boards for motorists and will keep them in place through the holiday and the closing.

Parks & Recreation

Lee County’s parks, pools and preserves remain open on Independence Day. Offices and recreation centers are closed on the holiday and will reopen Friday, July 5.


LeeTran will not run regular fixed route bus or paratransit services on July 4, but will provide trolley transportation to and around Fort Myers Beach that day.

The Beach Park & Ride Trolley will run about every 40-50 minutes starting at 6:45 a.m. at the free parking lot on Summerlin Square Drive and Pine Ridge Road. Trolleys will travel back and forth to Bowditch Point Park, with the last drop-off on the mainland following the conclusion of the fireworks display.


All library locations will be closed on Independence Day; branches will resume regular operating hours on Friday, July 5.

Animal Services

Animal Services, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, will be closed for the holiday and will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5.

Lee County Utilities

The offices of Lee County Utilities will be closed on Thursday, July 4.