FORT MYERS, FL (September 10, 2017) – Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs is urging all residents to adhere to Lee County’s mandatory curfew. To protect residents and business owners during and after Hurricane Irma, the County has enacted a curfew from 8:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. each day. The curfew will continue until further notice.
The Curfew prohibits all non-essential pedestrian and vehicular movement. Those permitted to be out during the curfew are those providing essential services such as fire, police, emergency medical services, hospital services and utility emergency repairs.
The curfew will be enforced by all city police departments, Lee County Sheriff’s Office and additional law enforcement agencies.
The curfew is implemented pursuant to Chapter 252 Florida Statutes, State of Florida Executive Order No. 17-235 and Lee County Declaration of a State of Local Emergency Resolution No. 17-09-22. It applies to all areas of Lee County, including all cities and unincorporated areas.
For updates on hurricane-related announcements, visit the Lee County Emergency Management at www.leeeoc.com.
Hurricane Irma is an extremely threatening major hurricane that recently made landfall in the Florida Keys. According to the National Hurricane Center, there is imminent danger of life-threatening storm surge flooding along much of the Florida west coast. National Weather Service projections indicate that Irma has the potential to bring record-breaking flooding to Lee County.
Citizens with questions or who need information are encouraged to call the 2-1-1 Help Line by dialing 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900. United Way 2-1-1 staff will assist by providing information from the Lee County Operations Center. The 2-1-1 Help Line is operational 24 hours a day. The City Call Center is also open for those who need assistance: 239-321-8100. Residents are asked to reserve use of 9-1-1 for life safety emergencies only.
The City will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma and issue more updates as the storm continues to approach Florida.