Parents try to get street light at dark bus stop
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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - If you're up before sunrise, you know how dark it can be at 6 a.m., especially in areas without street lights. It's so dark in one North Fort Myers neighborhood, parents are afraid to have their kids waiting at the bus stop in the morning.
"It is completely dark, nobody can see them and cars can't see them," said parent Elisha Laisure. "I about got hit this morning walking back from the bus stop."
Laisure, and other parents, worry their kids will get hit by a car since it's so difficult to see them. Maria Adams makes her kids wait in her car for the bus because she doesn't want them waiting at the dark bus stop.
Laisure wants to get a street light installed at the bus stop, but because she lives in unincorporated Lee County, getting a light isn't an easy task. Laisure said she's run into several roadblocks trying to figure out how to get a light, so she turned to Four in Your Corner for help.
According to Joann Haley with Lee County, the parents would have to create a special taxing district, called a Special Improvement Unit, to create ongoing street lighting in the area. This process involves getting neighbors to agree to the proposal. Haley said setting up the special taxing district could take up to six months to complete, depending on how easy or difficult it is to get neighbors to approve of it.
Here are instructions on how to set up the district: http://www.leegov.com/gov/dept/publicresources/mstbu/Documents/Create%20Special%20Improvements%20-%20Street%20Lighting%20Unit.pdf
Another options is to request a security light get through LCEC. This would be a single light installed at the corner where the bus stop is located. The light costs $200 to install and about $10 a month to provide electricity.
To request a security light, call 239-656-2300 or visit https://www.lcec.net/my-business/products-and-services/security-lighting/security-lighting-faq
Laisure said she is more than willing to do what it takes to ensure her kids' safety.
"There's no price you can put on my kids' lives, so I'm going to do whatever I can," Laisure said.