LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- A disabled veteran called WINK News for help with a parking space problem. The handicapped spot at his daughter's school in Lehigh Acres, is often blocked by other drivers during after-school pick up. We caught the issue on camera and got answers from the school district.
"The plates on my car say it all," said Phil Casey.
Casey is putting the breaks on a parking problem at his daughter's school, Sunshine Elementary.
"I went and I said we've got to do something about this. This is absolutely ridiculous. I can't be the first person that you've encountered this with," he said.
Since school started in August, Casey says the handicapped parking spots have been blocked by other parents waiting to pick up their kids and an after school van.
"You know, what's it going to take? Do I need to call the sheriff down and have these cars ticketed and towed?" he said.
Obstructing the spots is a violation of the American with Disabilities Act which provides accessibility to those living with a disability.
The Lee County School District responded to our findings, saying in part it's aware of the situation, and will relocate the parking spots in question so they won't be obstructed. It'll happen within the next couple of weeks. We found half of the spots blocked today. Until the problem is fixed, Casey parks across the street and walks across traffic to get his daughter.
"One they're supposed to be providing the leadership in the community and they're providing a poor example and two, they're breaking the law," said Casey.