SOUTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - A South Fort Myers Golf and Country Club is now the source of an Army investigation. The Cross Creek community is allowing an Army inspection of the development, as they look for some age old bullets possibly left behind from World War II.
"They said they would use soil and water samples and metal detectors to see if there could be any possibilities of munitions left in the area," said Cross Creek Board President Frank Maranato.
Within the month, Army engineers plan to search 32 spots within the community. They're specifically looking for .50 and .22 caliber bullets left behind from nearby Page Field, which was used during the World War II era to prepare soldiers for battle.
"They'd simulate battle basically, is what it came down to. They'd have all the elements except the enemy," said Chuck Smith of the Southwest Florida Museum of History.
Now, the Army is fighting a new battle. They're testing the grounds to ensure to unhealthy levels of lead, copper, and antimony aren't present, if the artifacts are indeed buried under the manicured grounds.
But residents who are excited by the possibility of a bit of history resting in their backyard, say they only have one main concern:
"Just as long as they don't have to dig up my house, that'll be fine," said Cross Creek retiree Richard Burden.
The Army Inspection Manager for Cross Creek Golf and Country Club expects the project to get underway within the month. The majority of locations surveyed will be on the golf course, but some residential areas could also be affected.