Lehigh Acres APZ Review Board meeting scheduled Aug 25 2016 1299 Homestead Rd Lehigh Acres Fl 5:30 pm
New Project Reviews
A. 61 Bell Boulevard. -The addition of Group 2 and 3 restaurant uses in the schedule of uses existing on the project. There will be no building expansion. Mr. Jim Boback will present the project.
B. Lehigh Seafood- The project is requesting an administrative deviation in the sign setback. Maastricht will be presenting the project. The project is under construction and was previously approved. The project is located at 4306 Lee Boulevard.
Statewide Pesticide Pick-up Operation Clean sweep is a mobile pesticide collection program that provides a safe way to dispose of cancelled, suspended, and unusable pesticides. Some examples of participants are: Farms/Groves Nurseries Pest Control Services Greenhouses Golf Courses
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: SHANNON TURNER FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES TOLL-FREE NUMBER: (877) 851-5285 EMAIL: CLEANSWEEP@FRESHFROMFLORIDA.COM CLEANSWEEP WEBSITE: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/cleansweep-pesticides/
The senior population in the U.S. is expanding at an astounding rate. Each day 10,000 of us celebrate our 65th birthdays, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.
Although the longevity statistic implies that medical care for the elderly is progressing at a fast pace, the fact of the matter is that not all older Americans are in good health. And, not all of them are financially healthy. Many of them need help and so AMAC encourages family members and friends to get involved in their lives to whatever extent they are able.
And, if you need help in order to offer help, you may want to visit such Web sites asaoa.gov/, cdc.gov, eldercare.gov and fda.gov/oc/seniors. In addition there are sites that provide information on how to find financial help for older relatives or friends such as the National Council on Aging’s benefitscheckup.org Web site. There are numerous commercial sites for senior assistance, but it is advised that you check them out before using them, AMAC advises.
A woman being served a “Notice to Appear” document by law enforcement was unlawfully taken into custody by deputies.
Stephanie Garner was asleep in her Lehigh Acres home when she and her husband heard a knock on the door just before 3 a.m., she explained.
Deputies announced themselves and told Garner they had a warrant for her arrest.
Garner followed the orders of law enforcement and went with them to the jail in downtown Fort Myers.
Once she got to the jail, Garner said she heard deputies confused about the incident, asking questions, and then calling her “unarrestable.”
Garner later learned she was supposed to be served a Notice to Appear in court on a probation violation for a DUI arrest in December 2015.
Representatives from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said they were made aware of the incident when it occurred, calling it a miscommunication after recent policy changes on warrant documentation.
The agency said the incident was documented as it is required. They have no record of an inquiring from Garner for an internal affairs investigation into what happened.
Garner said she is looking to a law suit against the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Six people were arrested after a fight broke out at East Lee County High School.
Witnesses say a total of 15 to 20 students were involved, but district officials haven’t given an exact number.
According to the county school district’s spokesperson, it happened after one of the lunch periods.
She says the quarrel started over a guy-girl situation. It is not confirmed just yet if all arrests were students.
The board voted Friday to spend taxpayer money on “Full Scale” investigation on the articles in the Lehigh Acres Gazette because according to Commissioners David Adams “its criminal behavior” and “it attacks the integrity of the board”, said Commissioner Linda Carter.
If the fire board had integrity, “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles”. The Lehigh Acres Gazette wouldn’t have anything to write about to its 8 million worldwide readers monthly, said Robert Anderson, Publisher Lehigh Acres Gazette.
The Lehigh Acres Gazette has First Amendment rights, so does its staff of writers and photographers, it is protected by the State of Florida and also the Federal Government. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Babcock Ranch developer Syd Kitson is returning to Alva Inc. for a special meeting Monday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Alva Community Center to address concerns raised last week by Alva Inc. president Ruby Daniels. The sole topic for this meeting is Babcock’s impact on Alva and Lee County. This meeting is open to the public.
Topics for discussion from Alva Inc. are:
1. DRGR density number of houses in the Lee County portion vs number in Charlotte County which area will be built first legs 20/20
what protections are there for wildlife independent survey prior to infrastructure educational programs for residents prior to occupation fire-driven ecosystem pets/domestic animals
The continuous flow intersection is being recommended for the reconstruction of S.R. 82, and Daniels / Gunnery, this plan that will widen the two-lane road to six lanes through much of Lee County, and then four lanes into Hendry and Collier counties.
The S.R. 82 version of the continuous flow interchange would be the first in Florida.
Louisiana’s Department of Transportation built one of the first continuous-flow interchanges in Baton Rouge. In Utah and Texas, similar structures have also been built.
“FDOT is currently looking at this design to improve other appropriate intersections throughout the District One and the state,” said FDOT spokesman Zachary Burch.
The Fire Commissioners agreed Friday night to spend $568,200 minus the trade in’s on another two new Braun Super Chief Type 1 Ambulances. With this approved motion by the fire board the commissioners have spent nearly two million dollars of tax payer money in the past 15 months on new equipment, 5 new ambulances and two new fire trucks.
Also they spending money on off duty Lee County Sheriff Officer at the meeting again? Why? Just more money spent again where is the transparency?
The Fire Commissioners documents also show they have spent in excess of $20,000 looking for a new fire chief in the last few months. So, Battalion Chief Robert Dilallo was voted by the Commissioners 4-1 to be the Interim Fire Chief starting Aug 22, 2016 with pay in the excess of $132,000 a year.
The board voted Friday to spend taxpayer money on “Full Scale” investigation on the articles in the Lehigh Acres Gazette because according to Commissioners David Adams “its criminal behavior” and “it attacks the integrity of the board”, said Commissioner Linda Cater.
Special to Lehigh Acres Gazette
During the few months that makeup Florida’s rainy season, awareness of the area’s water quality, storm water storage and hurricane preparedness is a priority.
However, agencies like the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District work diligently year-round to plan, prepare and implement projects to alleviate storm water issues and educate the communities they serve.
“It is important for residents to realize that our waterways, canals, lakes, et cetra, are connected to larger bodies of water such as the Orange and Caloosahatchee Rivers, as well as Hickey and Bedman Creek,” said David Lindsay, LA-MSID district manager.
Voters looking to beat the Election Day lines can cast their ballot early starting Saturday.
Early voting for the Aug. 30 primary election will kick off this weekend and run through Aug. 27. Ten polling sites throughout Lee County will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“We will be doing early voting on Sunday,” Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington said, noting that early voting will not be available on Sunday for the Nov. 8 general election.
Out of the 10 sites, two are located in Lehigh Acres. One is at the East County Regional Library, at 881 N. Gunnery Road; the other is at the Veterans Park Recreation Center, at 55 S. Homestead Road.
All of the sites will be listed online at: www.lee.vote
On the Backyard Chickens of Lehigh Acres Facebook page, they are celebrating, “Whoa! We finally and for sure got it passed by the Lehigh Acres Community Council, The Chicken proposal is going to the Lee County Board of Commissioners! Frank Mann Commissioner from District 5 was there and heard the vote!”
Lehigh Community Council meeting on Aug 15, 2016 where Commissioner Frank Mann was in attendance, the council voted to support a Backyard hen proposal prepared by several council members and private citizens. Their vote passed at an overwhelming majority of 14 to 2 in favor. Even the president on the Lehigh Community Council, Rick Angilickis, who formerly was opposed to the proposal, voted in favor of the backyard hen proposal going to the commissioners as well as several other members that were once opposed!
The Backyard Chickens group has said on their Facebook page that they are gathering support from all other areas of unincorporated Lee county as well!
Just a week after classes resumed in Lee County, school staff at Varsity Lakes Middle School discovered two middle school students had sex in a restroom.
According to police reports, a middle school boy was reported skipping class on Wednesday when he met up with a female classmate. So there were two students involved.
The two students at Varsity Lakes Middle School are accused of having sex during school hours.
According to the police report, Assistant Jason Plucker-Gonzalez went to check surveillance video before noon, he concluded that the children had been in the bathroom for about 20 minutes, the police report says.
Staff members were sent to the restroom and found the second student was still there, according to the police report. She explained to adults that she had just had sex with the male student and a deputy with the Major Crime Unit was called.
Frank LaRosa has threatened to beat down the Lehigh Acres Gazette Publisher after the Community Council Meeting Monday night……. The confrontation happened in the sheriff’s department parking lot.
LaRosa is upset about the article the Lehigh Acres Gazette wrote on May 13, 2016.
Frank LaRosa Files to Run for Political Office Again?
Frank LaRosa is currently running as a candidate for Lehigh Acres Fire District. He served on the Lee Memorial Health System board from 2006-2010 and also has served as a Lehigh Acres Fire commissioner for more than 10 years.
It was determined in 2012 that former Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS) elected director Frank LaRosa was receiving unemployment compensation he did not deserve. Elected officials in the state of Florida do not qualify to receive unemployment. But, LaRosa filed an appeal concerning his unemployment compensation claim and has officially lost.
The principal at Tortuga Preserve Elementary School Scott LeMaster was spotted cutting the grass at the school Tuesday bright and early before students had even arrived.
We’re told the Lee County School mowing crew had not been able to make it so he took matters into his own hands!
Thanks to the CWC Members who helped and our Community Policing Officer Mike T for cleaning up the grocery carts in the area.