Cape Coral woman needs help removing a tiki hut from her property

Reporter: Zach Oliveri Writer: Paul Dolan

High winds from Ian pushed all sorts of things where they weren’t supposed to be, and Jolene Chesley wants a tiki hut off her property that Ian left there.

Chesley told WINK News that job number one is finding someone to get it off her property.

“It’s depressing,” Chesley said. “Because my whole house is under construction right now. I suffered the storm surge anywhere one foot to four feet of water inside and I have a construction crew here every day.”

Chesley evacuated with her two parrots, Chloe and Columbus, but ever since she came back to her home she’s been trying to get the tiki hut and dock removed. It has turned out to be a more difficult task than anticipated.

Ian left behind a tiki hut and a dock on a woman’s property. CREDIT: WINK News

She’s called the City of Cape Coral, Lee County, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

“It seems everywhere I turn trying to get help with this it’s not that person or that agency’s responsibility to deal with it” Chesley said. “And they always refer me to somebody else and it’s just on and on and on…That’s why I called WINK!”

Chesley hopes someone who sees the story can give her a hand and help pick up the dock.

“I think we would have to have a celebration. We have to have a party over it. At least we’d have a party with neighbors it’s affecting and maybe break open a bottle of champagne,” Chesley said.

WINK News got in touch with FWC to see what can be done to remove the tiki and dock. The state said for non-vessels displaced by the storm, the state debris cleanup program will assist with the removal.

Click here to go to the website to make a request.

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