Written by Cindy S. Reilley
At this time in Florida, the law allows Saw Palmetto berries/seeds to be picked on vacant lots owned or not.
You cannot have an officer remove them unless you have the owners name and number AND permission to have people removed from their property. However the pickers don’t have to have permission to be on the land.
The City of Fort Myers has granted Healthy Harvest Community Farms, the rights to the farm at 3901 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd Ft Myers, FL 33916, just past Flea Masters. Joe Pearson the CEO of Healthy Harvest Community Farms is excited to continue to expand our mission to supply local food banks with healthy alternatives.
Local Lehigh Acres Boy Scout Connor Blais from Troop 720 is only two Boy Scouts from Southwest Florida that are currently attending the World Boy Scout Jamboree in Kirara-hama, Japan.
Blais is one of more than 30,000 Scouts and leaders from 161 countries around the world will converge on Kirara-hama, Yamaguchi, Japan, for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree.
The cost to attend the 2015 World Scout Jamboree as part of the Boy Scouts of America’s contingent was nearly $7000; and Blais raised all the money needed to attend the event himself. The Nearly $7000 included round-trip airfare from a commercial airport near the participant’s home; the registration fee paid to the Scout Association of Japan; a two- to three-day tour of Japan; lodging; ground transportation; meals; troop equipment, including tents and cots; items provided to each participant including a duffel bag, day pack, neckerchiefs, and contingent patches; shipping of equipment to Japan; insurance; and other costs.
A Lehigh Acres shopping plaza had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in the attic of the building Wednesday morning.
It happened off Lee Boulevard just after 10 a.m. The owner of one of the businesses, Cutting Edge Barber Shop, said he called 911 when smoke started filling his shop.
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. A highly unpredictable drug responsible for bizarre and dangerous behavior is now being disguised as candy. Fortunately, deputies with the Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Unit intercepted the batch and prevented it from hitting the streets of Lee County.
This morning, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Unit was patrolling Interstate 75 with his K9 partner Cole. The deputy observed a Chevrolet Sonic following another vehicle too closely and conducted a traffic stop. The driver of the Sonic, a rental car, notified the deputy that his license was suspended for drug related charges. During the stop, K9 Cole alerted to the presence of illegal narcotics inside the vehicle.
Representative Matt Caldwell will be holding a public meeting.
Date: August 6, 2015
Time: 1:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Subject: Discussion on Preliminary Plans for the GS-10 Caloosahatchee Cross-link Project (Greenbriar Swamp)
Location: The Barrett Room, Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District (formerly ECWCD), 601 East County Lane, Lehigh Acres, FL 33974
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown, and likely intoxicated suspect, who tried to break into a car in Lehigh Acres earlier this month.
Surveillance cameras installed outside the 70th Street West home captured images of an unknown white male stumbling onto the victim’s property shortly after midnight on Saturday, July 11. He initially tested the door handles of the victim’s 2003 Chevy Cavalier, however once he realized the doors were locked, he walked along the perimeter of the property, however again didn’t manage to successfully break in. (more…)
Joe Pearson at Healthy Harvest Community Farms was the recipient of a $1916.40 check from Whole Foods in Naples. According to Pearson this money is being for the new Healthy Harvest Community Farms garden on MLK in Fort Myers.
Whole Foods collected the money from customer donations at their registers.
Joe Pearson the CEO of Healthy Harvest Community Farms Scavenger Hunt/Adventure Race was such a great success. Pearson stated of course he wanted to thank Melissa, Steve Knot and the staff at Mirror Lakes Golf Club for hosting and being so accommodating with the torrential downpour that moved our event to the inside for the kickoff.
Next was Beefs Lehigh which provided the nuclear wing challenge at their location. Then was volunteer/he’s fiancée Dawn Houser at The American Eagle Mortgage Co, at our new farm with the horseshoe toss and provided prizes. Next stop was with Jose V. Caez and Habitat for Humanity in N Ft Myers which added a trivia challenge, and then they moved to downtown Ft Myers where Jennifer Wood with the Law Offices of Antonio Faga provided a corn hole challenge.
Autumn Skyy Teckenbrock was crowned Miss Spring Festival in 2007. The judges were right to recognize her talents because she became Miss Teen Lehigh Acres American Beauty.
On Nov. 22, 2014 she earned the title Miss Teen Earth Florida 2015 at the Florida pageant in Orlando.
Winning the state title in her age group brought with it a $44,000 college scholarship.
Autumn competed the last three days in California representing not only Lehigh Acres but Florida in the Miss Teen Earth National Pageant.
This evening Autumn Skyy has won the national title U. S. Miss Teen Earth – Water
She turned 17 during the California pageant.
Written by Kevin Gourley
A karaoke contest to support the Relay for Life foundation was hosted at Foster’s Grill in the Gulf Coast Town Center between 7pm-10pm Friday night. Contestants paid a $10 entry fee to sing. There were about 35 entries total.
With so much talent of various ages turning out to sing, it was a tough decision for the judges. It was the powerful vocals of sixteen-year-old Honisty Smith of Lehigh Acres, however, that walked away with first place after performing a rendition of Martina McBride’s “Broken Wing.”
After the awards, Honisty generously donated a portion of her winnings back to the Relay for Life fund.
Congratulations, Honisty Smith!
Rabies alert issued for Lehigh Acres for 60 days
The Florida Department of Health has issued a rabies alert in Lehigh Acres for the next 60 days after tests confirmed a cat from the area was positive for the disease.
Several people were exposed to rabies after a wild animal attacked a pet cat that had not been vaccinated for rabies, according to the department. This includes the pet owners and veterinary staff members who treated that cat.
Her family finally knows what happened to their loved one 25 years ago.
Rita Sue Zul was reported missing on January 15, 1990. Zul left the restaurant she worked at driving her boyfriend’s red Datsun, but never made it home.
On Monday, that car was pulled from the bottom of a pond near Bayshore Road and State Road 31.
The car was barely recognizable after years of being underwater. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office spent three days working to confirm the connection between the car, the remains and the missing 1990 missing person case.
Lee County is joining many other communities across the nation celebrating July as National Park and Recreation Month. Parking fees will be waived at Lee County-managed boat ramps and regional parks, and admission will be waived at the county’s swimming pools.
Missing Since May 29, 2015 Missing From Lehigh Acres, FL DOB Jul 14, 1998
Age Now 17 Sex Female Race White
Hair Color Brown Eye Color Blue Height 5’3″ Weight 140 lbs
Sarah was last seen on May 29, 2015. She may be in the areas of Fort Myers or Lehigh Acres, Florida. Her ears are pierced and she has tattoos on her hip and thigh.
Miss Amanda Gourley won the Spring 2015 State Forest Photo Contest as the overall winner
It was the first time Amanda had visited Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest. She went with her dad to view wildlife and see what opportunities presented themselves worth photographing. “My grandmother is the one that had told us about the contest,” Amanda shared with us. “It is a very beautiful place to go in nature, and my family and I try to go every chance we get.”
Amanda used a Sony DSC-HX200V with a built-in Carl Zeiss telephoto lens to capture her winning photo.
Click here to see other winners
On Monday, July 20th, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team observed a large mass submerged in the Caloosahatchee River while searching for Chelsey Green who has been missing since early Friday morning from the area.
Upon further investigation a white Dodge Stratus, matching that of the missing female, was pulled from the river. Inside the vehicle were the remains of a deceased female. The human remains were turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and proper identification.
The remains found in the White Dodge Stratus have been confirmed as Chelsey Green.
Nearly two years after his murder, the family of Kyle Byrtus has increased the reward for information on the person or persons responsible for his death by $2,000, bringing the total amount of the reward to $3,000.
Byrtus, who was 25 at the time of his death, was found lying in a field in Lehigh Acres in August 2013. But before his life was taken, Byrtus was travelling down a road of success, following his graduation with honors from Fort Myers High Schoolas a star track athlete. (more…)