LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Safer at Home’ means ‘stay at home’ unless travel is essential

April 10, 2020
By Marcy Shortuse

To the Editor,

On Wednesday, April 1, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91.

This  – “Safer at Home” –  Executive Order directs a halt to all non-essential activities in the state.

It also calls for non-essential workers, senior citizens and those with significant underlying medical conditions to remain at home.

The Executive Order is lengthy and includes restrictions included in prior emergency order.

Like other agencies, the COVID crisis requires the Sheriff’s Office to do more – with less – and so I’d ask that before you call us with your questions, you check one of the websites on-line, that explain which activities and businesses the governor has identified as “essential.”

We are very thankful for the overwhelming voluntary compliance we’ve seen from Lee County residents and guests to prior Emergency Orders.

It is very clear that social distancing and remaining at home are highly effective ways to slow and reduce the spread of this virus and we have seen Lee County step up to the challenge and take these protective measures.

We are confident our residents will continue to be good patriotic citizens and comply with this most recent Executive Order.

Rest assured – Our patrol deputies, aviation, and marine divisions are out in the field – in full numbers – ensuring that orders and ordinances are being obeyed.

Because voluntary compliance has been so successful, our deputies will continue to use education and explanation as their primary tools when encountering non-compliance.

However, for those who refuse to comply, we will issue Notices to Appear – and –  if necessary, make physical arrests.

I am extremely proud of how Lee County government, the Sheriff’s Office and the residents have pulled together to meet the challenges COVID has brought.

There is no doubt that as we continue to “roll up our sleeves” and work together, Lee County will emerge from this crisis an even stronger, safer, more vibrant community than ever before.

Sheriff Carmine Marceno

Lee County Sheriff’s Office