Lee County opens one-stop center to assist tornado victims (NEWS-PRESS)

TROPICANA TORNADO UPDATE:  Jan. 24, 2022.   DAY #9.

 

NEWS-PRESS JANUARY 21, 2022

BY PAUL GOLDFINGER EDITOR TROPICANA FORUM   (tropicanaforum.com)

 

Government officials said Friday afternoon that the Jan. 16 storm destroyed 74 homes, left 61 homes with major damage and 58 with minor damage, causing $7.1 million in damage

Lee County residents coping with the after effects of Sunday’s tornados have a one-stop shop to coordinate help.

The communities hit include Point Breeze, Tropicana, and Century 21 mobile home parks.

The Lee Board of County Commissioners authorized a multi-agency resource center to assist residents at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road in Fort Myers. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, beginning Saturday.

Participating organizations include: The American Red Cross, Lee County Human & Veteran Services, The Lee County Tax Collector, The Salvation Army, Harry Chapin Food Bank. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, United Way, Center for Progress and Excellence and Catholic Charities.

They will assess individual needs and allocate available resources, a county news release said.

 

NEWS-PRESS     Jan. 24:      Document replacement fees for Lee County residents at mobile home parks impacted by the Jan. 16 tornado have been temporarily waived.

Lee County Tax Collector Noelle Branning announced Monday that the waiver had been arranged with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle for residents of Century 21 Mobile Community, Tropicana Mobile Manor and Cottage Point for the following document replacement fees waived between now and March 22:

  • Disabled parking permits
  • License plates and validation stickers
  • Vehicle registrations and titles
  • Vessel registrations and titles

 

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: 

A sixth tornado touched down briefly on Jan. 16 in a section of Cape Coral causing minimal damage and no injuries, the National Weather Service confirmed Sunday.

The grouping of tornadoes in Southwest Florida on that day caused localized damage in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties as a storm front roared through the area early in the day.