CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A WINK News investigation. Residents in south Cape Coral say a sidewalk has become more of a sand trap, and some people are getting stuck. One neighbor says he's asked the city for help, but says his plea fell on deaf ears.
Paul Barnes has kept an an eye on a build-up of sand coming from a back alley off Skyline Boulevard near SW 44th St.
Barnes snapped a photo of a man stuck in the sand on Monday, and says it really pushed him over the edge. "I saw an extremely paraplegic gentleman with no mobility other than his hand stuck in the sand. And everybody just kept driving by him," Barnes said.
Despite recent shoulder surgery, he pulled his truck off the road, and helped the man.
"I took everything I had with my right shoulder and all my weight to push him out while he operated with his one good hand the motor of his wheelchair," Barnes said.
He says the sand causes the biggest problem, not when it's wet and packed down, but when it's dry and turns into a fine powder.
The sand is right next to a bus stop. WINK News cameras even caught people on bikes swerving to avoid the pile.
Barnes says he's called the city's Citizen's Action Center and left messages about the build up. "I'm extremely disgusted. And I demand action," he said.
A city spokesperson says the city never received his messages, but someone will be out to inspect the area to find out who the sand belongs to, and find out what can be done to fix the problem.
The city spokesperson says someone from the city should be out by the end of this week to investigate. Trust WINK News for any new developments in this story.