Lehigh Acres homeless camp dismantled with help from deputies

FOX 4 Staff

Lehigh Acres homeless camp dismantled with help from deputies

CREATED Jan. 18, 2013

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - Concerns about a homeless camp near a child care facility in Lehigh Acres prompted quick action by the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

A complaint about the camp came to the attention of the Bravo District Community Policing deputy, Corporal Steve Cart.  Cart took immediate action, investigating the problem and devising a plan to remove the camp.

The homeless camp sat next to Lehigh Child Care Center and was on a lot that had become overgrown.  Corporal Cart partnered with the Department of Corrections work camp to utilize supervised state inmates and equipment to clear the overgrown property.

East County Water Management also pitched in with staff, a dump truck and a wood chipper the mulch the brush removed from the lot.

The project took two full days and saved about $2,400 in taxpayer dollars while creating a safer environment for the children at the child care center.

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