This week the Fort Myers Beach Public Safety Committee voted 6-0 in favor of the Town Council budgeting for at least two Lee County Sheriff Community Police Officers. Committee member Jim Knickle believes 4 should be hired. Each officer brought in will cost approximately $112,000.
LCSO West District Captain Tim Lalor told the committee that while community policing will enhance the current LCSO patrols, this beach is absolutely safe. “I want people to know they are safe here. The core services are enough to keep the beach safe.”
Lalor went on to say that community policing will not show immediate results. Officers try to attack issues and problems before they arise by getting to know the members of the community.
Whether or not the town council votes in favor of community policing is still a question mark. Both Councilman Dan Allers and Jim Atterholt are strong proponents of adding at least 2 officers. Vice Mayor Hosafros has been vehemently against. Councilman Veach also seemed to be leaning against. It may come down to the vote of Mayor Murphy, who, by the way, has always said keeping residents safe is his highest priority.