LEE COUNTY

Sheriff Carmine Marenko, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Fort Myers Beach Mayor Ray Murphy report on Hurricane Jan relief efforts.

Marcheno began by putting the death toll in Lee County at 54.

The EOC made the decision to close Fort Myers Beach to residents in order to preserve crime scenes.

“When someone has died we have to make sure we collect that evidence, we have to do it properly, we can’t contaminate the scene and the last thing we need is other people getting in the way or being in an unsafe place where they can get hurt “, said Marcheno.

LSCO said they are focused on saving lives, law enforcement and maintaining law and order in the county.

“Zero tolerance, I mean zero tolerance. We are fully staffed, we have quadrupled the number of law enforcement officers on the streets. We will not tolerate any type of looting,” Marcheno said.

According to the LCSO, there were three separate incidents of looting, all of which resulted in arrests.

There were more than 100 members of the National Guard who were deployed specifically to Pine Island.

“I’m proud to let you know that with the help of our great Governor Ron DeSantis, we are working with FDOT this morning at 07:00 to begin construction of a temporary gravel bridge to allow people to get on and off the island,” Marcena said. said.

Marcheno said up to 4,000 calls have been logged since the storm and as of this morning, those calls have been addressed.

“We are back to business as usual and to the new normal. Thanks to all my fellow brothers and sisters in law enforcement and everyone here, local, state and federal, we were able to get back to normal call processing and service,” Marcheno said.

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Marcheno said the best way to help is to keep the roadway clear and stay off the road if possible.

“We’re firing lights and sirens to get to different missions, and the sooner we can get to those missions and move forward, the sooner we can recover,” Marcheno said.

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