Collier County has issued a mandatory evacuation for people who live west and south of US 41, including Marco Island. Evacuation must be completed by 8 Sunday morning when shelters open at
Palmetto Ridge, Gulf Coast, Golden Gate and Immokalee high schools and at Corkscrew, Oak Ridge, North Naples, Golden Gate and Immokalee middle schools. Tolls eastbound on Alligator Alley have been suspended.
Collier’s information hotline is 774-8444 to answer questions concerning Hurricane Wilma.
The Greater Naples Convention and Visitors Bureau activated its Hotel Hotline number, 1-800-785-8252.
Lee County begins mandatory evacuations of the barrier islands Saturday at noon. They include Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Captiva, Bonita Beach, and mobile home housing south of the Caloosahatchee River.
Designated Shelters will open at 2 PM Saturday.
Sanibel Residents can deposit perishables from their refrigerators
and freezers in the dumpsters at the City boat ramp at the east
side of Causeway Boulevard, as they evacuate.
The Sanibel Causeway will be closed for entry onto the Island to
the public, beginning at NOON, Saturday. Those with Hurricane Passes or valid Florida Driver's licenses with a Sanibel address will be able to pass until 7 Sunday morning. The Lobby of the Temporary City Hall, at the Bell Tower Holiday Inn will open Saturday to issue Hurricane Passes. Sanibel City Hall will be open as well Saturday.
The Town of Fort Myers Beach's off-site location is the Masonic Temple on Pine Ridge Road. It will open at noon Saturday and remain open as long as conditions permit.
The Charlotte County Office of Emergency Management is recommending county residents shelter in place. Solid Waste curb-side collection is planned for Saturday.
A mandatory evacuation order for all mobile home dwellers and special needs clients in the Florida Keys goes into effect at 6 a.m., Saturday morning.
Friday, 21 October 2005 01:00