BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- This was supposed to be moving day for Lee County EMS, but instead, paramedics in Bonita Springs will be responding to calls from hotels for at least another night, instead of from the fire department.
Paperwork and payment forced to the county to put off the move from the Hampton Inn, near the corner of US 41 and Bonita Beach Rd. The deputy director for EMS said they already shuffled people's shifts around for this move, and had one person working overtime to help. The deputy director said he received a call from the Bonita Springs Fire Department this morniing, saying county leaders still had to sign some paperwork and pay them before paramedics moved back in.
The paramedics have been staying at the Hampton Inn, and at two other hotels along US 41, since December, when the fire department tried to charge the county $200,000 a year in rent. Lee County EMS said no, moved out, and paid the hotels about $85,000 less.
Now, the fire department is honoring the price of the hotels to bring the paramedics back to the fire stations.
The earliest EMS would move back in is on Wednesday, but that just depends on how quickly all that paperwork gets done.