CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A WINK News exclusive. A Cape Coral homeowner's fight to get a street light installed in his neighborhood. He says it's too dark and blames that for an increase in crime.
But Mayor Sullivan told Albert Jordan the city can't help him. Jordan says other streets have multiple lights, but his only has one. He's also worried for the children who walk in the dark.
Albert Jordan is shedding light on a dark subject. He says at night, especially when there's no moon, his block becomes pitch black. "You can't see the houses at either end of the street," he said.
Jordan lives off Viscaya Parkway. On some streets there are multiple lights. But on SE 10th Street, where Jordan lives, there is only one.
"One day after we had several break-ins in the neighborhood, it was time for me to do something," he said.
He's reached out to the mayor, and his councilwoman. But in a statement, the city tells us:
The city's streetlight program ended several years ago. We no longer pay for the installation of new streetlights. Residents can contact LCEC to have a streetlight installed; however, they do have to pay the costs of the light and the monthly charges.
"They placed a moratorium on street lights because of the expense, they made an arbitrary decision that.. that's where they were going to save money. Now, from a practical standpoint, there must be other ways to cut corners other than safety issues," Jordan said.
So, Jordan is passing out a petition asking the city for action. Since Tuesday night, he's already received more than a dozen signatures.
LCEC told him it would cost $200 to install a street light, and $10 every month to maintain it. For now, he's going to work on collecting more signatures for his petition, and hopes to eventually bring it before city council.