A new member of the Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue District was sworn into office along with an incumbent at the first meeting last Tuesday following the Nov. 4 election which saw Matt Smith defeat incumbent Commissioner Jackie Danis. Incumbent Linda Carter fought off a challenge by William Liedtke.
Fire District attorney Richard Pringle administered the oath of office at the very start of the meeting.
The next order of business for the new fiscal year will be the election of a new board of officers of the commissioners now that Smith has been seated. The voting could take place at the next meeting.
According to attorney Pringle, the district will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments, authorized by Florida Statutes, at a public hearing at 5 p.m. Dec. 16 in the conference room at Station 104, at 3102 SW 16th St. and Sunshine Blvd. Pringle noted that even though the voters had approved the use of an assessment fee, the board must vote to accept the measure to make all things legal.
By BILL LEVY Click here to see other photos of the game
For the Florida Gulf Coast men’s basketball team, it was a case of too much of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay being the aggressor and too much of the Phoenix’s standout guard Keifer Sykes, in Green Bay’s 59-45 victory over FGCU in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase Wednesday night at Germain Arena in front of 3,857. For Eagles’ coach Joe Dooley, it was just too much.
“Green Bay dominated the game from the beginning to the end,” he said. “They were the aggressors. There was a lack (of FGCU) of going after loose balls. I’m disappointed. Our offense was inept, though they played good defense. We have things to work on.”
Much of the Eagles’ (5-1) problems occurred when Sykes was on the floor. After Green Bay out to a 15-0 lead at the start of the game, FGCU was able to go on a 7-0 run of their own, with most of it occurring while Sykes was on the bench after getting a foul. After Sykes came back in, the teams primarily swapped baskets until FGCU went on a 9-2 run near the end of the half to cut the lead to only 25-20. Again, that was done primarily with Sykes on the bench, after he got his second foul. A Green Bay free throw made the score 26-20 at the half.
A state agency released a blistering 24-page rebuke of a proposed massive city in the Everglades while environmentalists renewed calls for the state to purchase sugar land to send water south.
The proposed 67-square-mile city called “Sugar Hill” includes 18,000 residential units and more than 25 million square feet of commercial development southwest of Lake Okeechobee on land vital to Everglades Restoration.Among 34 major objections to the project, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) report called U.S Sugar’s proposal “vague,” with “no assurances of natural resource protection,” and puts “significant urban development” in an area without flood protection.
Way to go Lehigh Acres Community Initiative board members and volunteers!!!!
Ed Jonathan Montilla, 21 of Lehigh Acres, was arrested and charged with Sexual assault.
After LCSO detectives interviewed Montilla he was taken to the Lee County jail and is being held without bond.
We still have no leads or info on the whereabouts of my daughter please keep an eye out for her….My daughter Alexis Beatte is missing with Tyler Cordi. They were Last seen yesterday when they sped away from the house. If anyone has any information or the whereabouts of these two please contact the Lee County Sheriffs Office at 239-477-1000
By BILL LEVY Click here to see photos of the game
It would be easy to think that with a 5-0 start, being the first Atlantic Sun Conference team to have such a record since Jacksonville University did that in the 2000-2001season, that Florida Gulf Coast men’s basketball coach Joe Dooley would have trouble finding fault with his team. It would be easy to be wrong.
Despite defeating the University of San Francisco by a score of 62-47 in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena on Tuesday night, Dooley sees plenty of room for improvement.
“We are not a very good offensive basketball team right now,” he said. “I think that is common around the country. Defense seems to be ahead of the offense.”
With the aid of the Dandy Dons (3-1) shooting 4 for 16 from the free throw line in the first half, the Eagles went into halftime leading 26-18.
A thief has a change of heart after stealing a church van, then returning it hours later.
We spoke exclusively with the pastor of Lehigh Acres Christian Church who says, this isn’t the first time the church has been a target for crime.
Minister Steve Kelly says, it was a shocking discovery.
“As soon as I came I could see that the door had been jimmied, and I saw all the broken pieces” said Kelly.
“I thought that’s strange. Then I looked and I could see the wires hanging down from the steering wheel; I knew someone had broken into it,” said Kelly.
On Monday, he noticed the church van was vandalized.
“Every time those things happen it’s just money out of helping do ministry in our communities, so it’s frustrating” said Kelly.
1. Be aware of your surroundings. In the rush to be the first to find holiday bargains, frenzied shoppers can increasingly grow tense creating a dangerous situation as a crowd grows. If you see a mob of frenzied shoppers quickly leave the area as no bargain is worth being trampled over.
2. Practice patience and avoid arguments. Expect long lines and lots of people. Remember, this is supposed to be a day of fun and savings so avoid disputes about who got to that special item first or who bumped into whom. Bumping into each other is to be expected on Black Friday.
Sunday at the Kiwanis Thrift Store 15 Homestead Rd S between 3-5 pm — Free Concert of Christmas Music. Special performance by Tropical Storm.
Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres provided turkeys to the following Lehigh Acres schools
Sunshine Elementary, G. Weaver Hipps, Lehigh Senior HS, East Lee Count HS. Veterans Park and Mirror Lakes Elementary
The school students and staff and the Kiwanis service groups such as the Key, Builders and K-Kids club members that helped collected the food to accompany the turkeys.
The Kiwanis Club would like to thank the schools administrators and the Kiwanis members that help make this possible every year.
Veterans Park Recreation Center is hosting its annual Breakfast with the Kringles event from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.
Enjoy a continental style breakfast, holiday crafts and a special visit with Mr. and Mrs. Kringle. Be sure to bring a camera for your child’s holiday photo shot. Each child will receive a present with his/her visit and there will be a dance recital performed by the Susan Katz Dance Group. The cost is $5 per child ages infant – 13 years (includes breakfast, craft and present) and an optional $3 per adult ages 14 years and older (breakfast only). Pre-registration is required as there is limited spaces available.
The Veterans Park Recreation Center is located at 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936. For more information, please call the Veterans Park Recreation Center at 239-369-1521or visit www.leeparks.org.
Commissioner Frank Mann happily announces that Tuesday, December 2 the board of county commissioners will be approving a contract funded by local option gas taxes which will provide for the resurfacing of 58 additional roads in Lehigh Acres. “I am very pleased that we continue this high level of funding for this badly needed service to the citizens of Lehigh Acres” says Commissioner Mann. Over the last eight years while Commissioner Mann has been in office Lehigh has benefited from resurfacing 140 miles of roads throughout Lehigh Acres and he continues to make this one of his top priorities going into the next budget cycle. List of roads click here
Santa has informed the VegHeads 4-H youth club that he has all the materials for ONE raised vegetable garden bed including soil, fertilizer, seeds, and plants IF the VegHeads will install it for him. The VegHeads, ages 5 to 14 years old, agreed to do this for Santa.
If you would like a chance at having a veggie garden installed at your home, please write Santa a letter (less than 500 words, please) and explain three things to him: 1. Why you want a vegetable garden. 2. Why you have not made a veggie garden for yourself. 3. Where Santa could put your veggie garden.
Include your name, address, phone number and email (if you have one). Mail or drop off your letter to: Santa’s Garden, Veterans Park, 55 Homestead Road South, Lehigh Acres, Florida 33936. Deadline is 5pm on December 15th. The winner will be notified by a phone call from a VegHead club member on Christmas Day.
UPDATE: Louima Louis Jean has been FOUND and is safe.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance in locating a missing 39 year old Lehigh Acres resident.
Louima Louis Jean (DOB 05/09/75) of 817 Adeline Avenue, Lehigh Acres was reported missing by his wife on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:40 p.m. He was last seen Saturday evening and his wife has not been able to get in touch with him since then.
Louima may need medical attention and his wife is very concerned for his well-being.
Lehigh Acres own Sami Brister won the interview portion in the Miss Florida pageant this weekend and was 1st runner up in her first state pageant overall.
Florida Highway Patrol has not released the name of the man who was killed Saturday evening after a three car crash on State Road 82 and Genoa Avenue South.
FHP says the 49-year-old driver who died was driving on Genoa Avenue and stopped at the intersection with State Route 82. He tried to make a left turn on State Route 82 and drove into the patch of a second vehicle driven by Dalmar Monzon of Immokalee.
Rodney Teckenbrock & Amanda L Teckenbrock are the Proud Parents of Miss Florida Earth, Autumn Skyy. Autumn Skyy, Miss Lehigh Acres just win the new title of Miss Teen Earth Florida 2015, in Orlando.