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Responders, county eye court to solve Fla. Fire-EMS feud

After four years of debates, failed mediation over services, and a rent dispute that has medics working out of a hotel, Lee County may turn to the legal system for answers

Expert Analysis: Of territory, rights, and EMS

The ongoing feud between a Florida city’s EMS department and the county historically charged with providing its ambulance service continues to simmer. In December, Bonita Springs bounced the Lee County units out of its fire stations, even though the county is still required to provide EMS services. It appears that nothing has changed since then. Both sides are inching toward their day in court, with one more attempt to try to resolve the contentious issues. Continue reading Of territory, rights, and EMS

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — After four years of debates, proposals and failed meetings with Lee County officials, Bonita Fire chairman Steve Lohan has grown tired of trying to prove his district’s need for its own ambulances.

“No malice to anybody, but I’m tired of dealing with this,” Lohan told Lee County commissioners Monday. “Let’s do the right thing and put this issue to bed.”

Bonita Fire and Lee County commissioners will get a chance to do that next month when the parties meet for the final time. The elected boards, which met for two hours Monday to no avail, agreed to give their dispute one final shot before the matter moves to the courts. A meeting date has not been set.

Read full storyAmbulance woes: Lee County, Bonita Fire push back mediation

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