NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office is increasing patrol at a North Fort Myers community after homeowners complained about their safety. It has to do with a privacy wall that's going up around Del Tura Golf and Country Club. WINK News told you last year the wall was coming.
Drive around the Del Tura Golf and Country Club off North Tamiami Trail and the construction of a brand new privacy wall is easy to see.
The large wall is replacing a fence, which currently circles the property. It's intended to keep non-residents and wild animals off the golf course, and out of people's yards. A wild pig slipped though and got caught in the section of old fence earlier today.
But some people are worried about a gap between the time the old fence is gone, and the new eight foot wall is built. "They're demolishing a large swath of lineage, but only building on a small portion of it," explained one resident.
One concerned couple who didn't want to go on camera says they're afraid once the fence goes down in their area the potential for crime will go up. "The whole place will be open to vandals," he said.
Especially since some homes are very close to the street. "Our houses are not very secure, because we have a fence, so people can just walk right in! It's basically so close to the road!"
In light of some of the concerns, the Lee County Sheriffs Office is increasing patrols to this area. The couple says, overall, they're happy the wall is finally going in. Construction is expected to be done by early summer.
WINK-TV reached out to Hometown America Corporation, the company that owns the Del Tura community. A spokesperson says if any of the residents have concerns, they need to get in touch with Hometown America to talk one-on-one.