CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- WINK News has learned Cape Coral will take air quality samples near a large construction site.
People are worried piles of dirt and dust from large equipment near Veterans Memorial Parkway and SW 17th Place could make them sick.
An environmental engineer will be responsible for checking the air quality with special equipment.
Since the beginning of this year, Maureen Fatigato and her neighbor Adelaida Rayneri have had to look at the construction site from across their canal. It's a sight they've learned they may have to live with until next April.
"That's a site that is nothing less than an industrial construction pit," said Fatigato. "They are here from 7am sharp. With the horns blaring, beeping."
But most of all, the women fear the fumes and grime is hurting their health. "I've gone to an ear nose and throat doctor. I don't need this," said Fatigato.
"Sand is blowing in our homes, lanai. We cannot get into the lanai, we cannot go to the tiki hit anymore. You cannot even sit there anymore," said Rayneri.
This site is part of the utility expansion project, which is hooking up homes to city sewer water and irrigation.
In light of resident's health concerns, the city will test the air quaility.
UEP Manager Paul Clinghan spoke to WINK News about the process. "Our construction engineering firm is Tetra Tech. I talked to them today, and they are looking for an environmental engineer, who will put out some equipment that will sample the air quaility," said Clinghan.
"I am thrilled that we are getting air quality samples. That's what I kept emphasizing in May, when I was complaining, to which the mayor never answered any of my e-mails," said Fatigato.
The city is also working with the contractor to keep down the dust by spraying water, laying down sod, and putting up a fence. Residents say they'll have to wait and see how it works.
WINK News has learned the air quality samples should be ready by the end of August.