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People at the North Fort Myers shelter are upset about its condition

Reporter: Claire Galt Writer: Jasmine Singletary
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People staying at the North Fort Myers shelter are upset because they say nothing is being done about the missing ceiling tiles, lack of soap, and unsanitary conditions.

Hurricane Ian left many people without homes and some of those people are at the shelter in North Fort Myers.

WINK News covered the conditions of the shelter over the weekend and found out the shelter is run by a private company called CDR Maguire

They refused to let WINK News inside the shelter.

Missing tiles from the ceiling inside of the North Fort Myers shelter (CREDIT: WINK News)

Families in the parking lot of the shelter said the conditions inside the shelter are unbearable and they want answers.

People staying in the shelter showed WINK News multiple photos and videos of what the inside of the shelter looks like.

A man from the shelter said they are stacking people on top of other people.

They said vents are covered in a black substance, ceiling tiles are missing, beds are pushed back to back making it hard to move, and there are hazards on the floor next to their beds.

A woman from the shelter said, “We get moved over here. My main focus is the kids suffering. I have a 17-year-old autistic nephew, there’s not enough resources for the families.”

Vent inside of North Fort Myers shelter (CREDIT: WINK News)

WINK News specifically asked CDR Maguire about the black substance in the photos.

A spokeswoman for CDR Maguire said they have no confirmation there is mold in the building and that it had been thoroughly disinfected and cleaned.

That spokeswoman said the fire marshal inspected the facility.

A short time later she asked to retract the statement and has not provided a new one.

WINK News reached out to the fire marshal about CDR Maguire’s assurances of inspection and has yet to hear back.