The Lee County Board of County Commissioners have approved funding to place an early lightning alert system at various youth athletic facilities and swimming pools that Lee County Parks & Recreation owns and manages.
The department now will purchase and install the lightning alert system at 17 sites with 19 total alert systems. Work is expected to begin this week.
The decision was made June 25 and the $132,644 cost will be covered by the county's Parks and Recreation Major Maintenance budget from the current fiscal year, 2012-13.
The installation compliments Lee County Parks and Recreation's goal to provide safe and quality facilities.
"This installation will dramatically minimize potential dangers associated with summertime storms and lightning events for our residents and visitors alike," said Dave Harner, Lee County Parks and Recreation director and assistant county manager.
The system - called WeatherBug Total Lightning Network - incorporates an integrated intra-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning-detection network. It helps characterize severe storm precursors - improving lead times and weather-management planning.
It uses outdoor alerts for mass notification, mobile alerts for staff to use in the field, internal alerts for offices and facilities, and online alerts to show area weather for staff to stay informed.