There are no state or county maintained lands or rights-of-way on LGI, and there are no state or county owned, or otherwise “public” dock facilities on LGI. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic on LGI moves on a network of narrow unimproved sand and shell roads located on public easements across privately owned lots. These public easements exist either by virtue of grants and reservations in recorded deeds or by paths of convenience as a result of longstanding and customary use. All dock facilities on LGI are owned either by individual waterfront property owners, property owners associations, neighborhood ad hoc groups or by the two condominium associations.
Electricity is provided to LGI homeowners by FP&L, and phone service is provided by Sprint. Electric and telephone lines reach the island from the mainland under the ICW and then are located, mostly overhead rather than buried, in granted easements or other means across private lots and generally follow the roadway easements. Water is obtained for home use from rain-catch cisterns, from shallow wells, and from a privately owned for-profit water company which draws from a deep drilled well on LGI. The water company’s distribution lines generally coincide with the roadway easements, but not in all cases.
The sewage produced by each free-standing residence is disposed of in a septic tank and drain field located within each residential lot. The sewage generated by the two condominium complexes is disposed of in a single treatment and drain field system located on the property of the larger of the two condominium complexes. The system that serves the two condominium complexes settles the solids which are then pumped into a truck and barged off the island approximately once each month. The remaining waste water is disposed of in a large raised drain field. A private for-profit company associated with the water company recently applied to the Public Service Commission for certification to provide a low-pressure pumped sewer system for LGI and the islands to the north. That application for PSC certification was withdrawn and no further action in that regard is contemplated.
Fire protection is provided by a volunteer fire department organized around a trained and qualified chief and several pieces of equipment that are parked at the house rented by the chief as a residence. Because the volunteer fire department is financed only by voluntary contributions and does not own any land on which to establish a permanent base, the continuing existence of the volunteer fire department is tenuous at best.
A system for providing emergency medical treatment and transportation to mainland hospitals currently is under development. In most cases, a member of the volunteer fire department travels by boat to the mainland to pick up county EMTs and transport them to the point of need on LGI. That same