FORT MYERS, Fla.- City officials are getting closer to a decision about installing lightning detectors along Fort Myers Beach but a local expert is speaking out against the idea.
It was just about a month ago when two teens were injured and a Lehigh man was killed after being struck by lightning at the beach.
Talks of adding lightning detectors have been going on for almost a year.
Mike Mogil is a certified consulting meteorologist out of Naples who worked with the National Weather Service for 27 years.
He said lightning detectors at unstaffed areas like Fort Myers Beach are not effective.
"We're gonna put in expensive lightning systems to tell people to get off the beach and they're not gonna get off the beach," said Mogil.
Bruce Butcher with the Fort Myers Beach Public Safety Committee thinks detectors on the beach will help save lives.
"Yes, people are going to ignore the warnings, the rules, the regulations, but does that make the warning bad? I don't think so," said Butcher.
Butcher said it would cost about $130,000 to install a system on the beach.
Lee County currently has more than 20 detectors at parks, schools and pools that cost about $150,000 to install.