Huge Horticulture Dump In Lehigh Acres a Possible Nightmare for Residents
By the Lehigh Acres Gazette
The huge horticulture dump on David Ave is Not on Lee County Property, it is on Lee County School Board property.
Currently, the inter-local agreement to use the property has not been signed off by the school board. It’s scheduled to be on their Nov 14 agenda.
According to an email from Ken Bennett, Lehigh Acres Fire Asst Chief of Life Safety and Fire Marshal on Oct 19, 2017, the pile’s horticulture waste mountains can be 60 feet tall, 300 feet wide and 500 feet in length and REQUIRES a water supply at all times.
According to an email sent by Bennett on Oct 19, 2017, to the staff of the Fire Dept, the site on David Ave does NOT have a reliable water source.
Follow up email on Nov 8, 2017, from Bennett,” I encourage operational staff to visit the sites to ensure they are ready in the event a fire develops in the debris. Engines and rescues should not be taken back around the piles due to the debris and terrain issues. There is no water in any of the nearby canals that would serve as an adequate water supply. There are hydrants in the area but with flows less than 1500 gallons per minute.”
Lehigh Acres Fire Chief Robert Dilallo stated by email, “We are monitoring the site very closely and are prepared to mitigate any emergency at that site. We also have discussed some long term plans as we get closer to our dry season.”
Lee County states that their contractor Crowder Gulf is projecting that they will have wrapped up operations in Lehigh Acres on David Ave by December 15th.