LEE COUNTY

Youth sports faced another obstacle after Hurricane Ian. All Lee County youth sports fields are closed. This is because a light fixture in Estero Park fell, making it unsafe for children to play sports after dark. As a result, all fields are examined.

There is good news. Thanks to Lee County’s quick action, youth sports should be back by Saturday. After the hurricane, the road was not easy, but now there is relief.

Like our beaches and homes, the Lee County Sports Complex was hit hard by the hurricane. On Monday, the county ordered all fields closed after light struck a field in Estero.

Lee County Youth Sports Field Closed Sign. (By: WINK News)

“I mean, we’re going to fight. We’re going to exhaust every opportunity we have,” said Howard Gold, president of the South Fort Myers Youth Baseball Club.

Gold spent a lot of time after the storm trying to get Lee County to repair the fields so the kids wouldn’t lose their season because of the hurricane that hit four months ago.

“Kids do better when there’s a normal structure to their lives, whatever you want to call it. And when you have regularly scheduled games and practices, it becomes part of their routine,” Gold said.

“It’s just another big bump in the road,” said Jesse Cormier, president of the Lee County Strikers Soccer Club.

Like Gold, Cormier had to make some adjustments to his schedule so that his players could get on the field at least a little bit. And, like Gold, he’s pleased that calls to the county have gotten a response.

“And, of course, these were not just words, yesterday there were trucks that took care of the football field. “I think they can hit three baseball fields today,” Gold said.

“I’m just hoping that we can get this resolved so that those kids can have what they’ve been looking for out there on the field and under the lights, you know, so that’s my hope,” Cormier said. .

The county actively surveys all of its fields. The goal is to complete this process by Friday, which means they will be ready to welcome the young athletes on Saturday morning.

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