Published: Sep 27, 2011 9:01 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 27, 2011 10:53 PM EDT

Lee County has decided that there is no emergency in the rough, private roads in parts of North Fort Myers.   Commissioners will not spend taxpayer dollars to fix the washed-out roads.

"We have to move from side to side and pick our spots," said Asst. Fire Chief Chris Noble of North Fort Myers. "We can handle it. It is bad right now, but not to the point of a true emergency."

That made the issue moot for commissioners, much to the pleasure of chairman Frank Mann.

"There is no obligation on the part of taxpayers, to pay for private road repairs," he told WINK.

Lee county transportation says it would have cost up to 60-thousand dollars to fix the bad, private roads in suncoast estates.

"Wrong decision!," said Keith Darling, who lives along Bartholomew Drive. "We need  help in a big way. We pay for roads we don't use, so taxpayers can pay for these awful private roads. It is a balancing, a give and a get."