LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Lee County attorney will issue an opinion on whether the county administration had the authority to shut down the Medstar medical flight program, which it did in August. Some say commissioners must vote to suspend the program.
Commissioners voted Tuesday to ask for the legal opinion. They want it in the next two weeks.
They did not endorse a call by commissioner Brian Bigelow to launch a formal investigation of county manager Karen Hawes, or to restart the Medstar program immediately.
The Estero assistant Fire Chief, Mark Wahlig, criticized Lee county for suggesting that Estero crews should not have requested a helicopter to respond to a crash last Friday. The aero-med chopper, back-up to Medstar, could not fly that morning because of mechanical problems.