Earlier this week, a man was seen diving into the fish tank at the Bass Pro store in Fort Myers. He managed to escape the tank and flee the store before employees could apprehend him, and although he was spotted on security footage, nobody was able to identity him. We have been sent a copy of the footage showing the incident, shown below. The majestic skills of the cliff divers of Acapulco it is not! According to reports, it will now cost the store $3,000 to decontaminate the fish tank. The store were understandably far from impressed :“This incident is illegal, dangerous and highly discouraged. We work with law enforcement to investigate all individuals who personally attempt or are involved with such activities.” Luckily the as yet unidentified alleged perpetrator wanted to give police a helping hand by posting a video of the incident on Facebook with the caption ‘Yup well would you look at that ..?#FloridaCheck ‘. Needless to say, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies are now looking for the social media over-sharer – Daniel Armendariz. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Armendariz, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000. Tips may also be made online or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case of an abused alligator. The alligator was found impaled by arrows and bound by rope on April 28 near a backyard pond on Oak Hill Loop off Cross Creek Boulevard in south Fort Myers. The animal was taken for treatment but there have been no leads on the suspect, according to PETA. “Someone shot this alligator twice in the neck, tied the animal up, and left him or her to suffer and die,” said PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA urges anyone with information to come forward immediately so that the abuser can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.” Just one day after this alligator was found, the Lee County Sheriff’s office announced a new Animal Cruelty task force. “The link between animal abuse and human abuse is clear and frightening,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno. “In addition to protecting defenseless animals, addressing animal cruelty will likely prevent future acts of violence against people in our county.” “We have arrested and successfully prosecuted cases of animal abuse in Lee County,” added Sheriff Marceno. “This task force strengthens our ability to investigate, locate and arrest those committing these acts of cruelty.” Anyone with information is asked to call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $3,000 if an arrest and conviction are made. Main Photo : Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers
Cape Coral city council will consider tomorrow temporarily expanding outdoor restaurant dining areas
Cape Coral city council is set to consider a plan tomorrow to allow restaurants to temporarily expand their outdoor dining areas.
If approved, restaurants would be able to utilize outdoor spaces such as parking lots to make sure tables are properly spaced out and and comply with social distancing.
“This would be a lifeline to allow us to create more room to allow our customers to eat safely. Without this, it would be difficult for us to implement social distancing without reducing the number of covers we have to a point where re-opening is not economically viable,” said one restaurant owner. The temporary outdoor seating will have to follow guidelines laid out by the city.
The City of Fort Myers, in conjunction with the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization, has developed a 5 minute online survey for bicyclists and walkers in Fort Myers. Your input is important for the update to the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which was last refreshed in 2007. The City is seeking input on three questions : ‘How can we improve bicycling and walking in the City?’, ‘What would encourage you to walk and bike more?’ and ‘How can we better connect you to your destinations?’. The City of Fort Myers has stated it is dedicated to making bicycling and pedestrian safety a priority. According to the survey website, ”The 2020 updated plan will provide improved mobility and further connectivity, leading to a more robust bicycle pedestrian network. It is intended provide an inter‐connected network for non‐motorized transportation, wildlife, and recreation in a manner sensitive to the needs of user groups, the natural and built environments and the constraints of management, maintenance, and funding capabilities.” Take the survey here.
The Cape Coral Police Department has over 250 sworn officers and 93 civilian staff, dedicated to keeping the community safe. The Department has a number of units: Patrol, Investigations, Traffic, K9, Aviation, Marine, and others, to serve the varied needs of the Cape Coral community. These departments sometimes cross-train to enhance operational capabilities. This is especially true of the K-9 unit. And so it was yesterday when the the Cape Coral Police Department’s Marine Unit took a very special member of the team out on patrol. K-9 Kensy and K-9 Officer Clapp went on a ride along with Marine Officer Goff. This was K-9 Kensy’s first ride on a boat. K-9 Kensy looked like she really enjoyed her day on the water, and we are told did not get sea sick!