What would you change the name of Lee County to if you had to?

Reporter: Erika Jackson Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Robert E. Lee statue in downtown Fort Myers (WINK News)

Southwest Florida’s top radio host says cancel culture is coming for you.

Daybreak host Drew Steele with 92.5 Fox News started an online petition to change the name of Lee County, but he’s not the first to do it.

We sat down with Steele to discuss what this could mean for the future of Lee County.

The City of Fort Myers’ Robert E. Lee bust is gone for now. Could the name Lee County be next?

“I believe our county should have more to honor our local history,” Amber Goldsmith said.

Renaming a county falls under the state legislature.

But two groups are pushing for two very different names.

“If it were up to me and it were up to many individuals, we would leave Lee County the way it is,” Steele said.

Steele worries Southwest Florida may get caught in the middle of the so called “cancel culture.”

But says, if a name change is necessary, he supports a different, presidential idea.

“Why don’t we get on board with changing the name of Lee County,” Steele said. “We will change it to ‘Trump County.’”

“There’s a lot of people in Southwest Florida that recognize what the president has been able to do,” Steele said.

Another option is “Calusa County” after the Southwest Florida Native American tribe.

“Unfortunately, I feel like they are forgotten,” Goldsmith said. “I feel like, if we change the county name, then we can help remember them.”

For many, it’s more than just a name.

“It’s time for us to move forward into a new era, and a new name would reflect that,” Goldsmith said.


We asked on our Facebook page if you would support the name change to “Trump County.”

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