The National Hurricane Center was monitoring two tropical waves Friday evening (July 29
A tropical wave located about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is moving westward at 20-25 mph. Associated shower activity is poorly organized, and given the fast motion of the system any development should be slow to occur.
Regardless of development, this system will likely bring showers and gusty winds to portions of the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the eastern Caribbean Sea during the weekend. By the middle of next week, the wave is expected to be in the western Caribbean Sea, where conditions could become more conducive for development.
Tropical formation chances are 10 percent over the next 48 hours and 30 percent over the next five days.
Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with a tropical wave and a low pressure system centered a couple of hundred miles south of Cabo Verde continues to show signs of organization.
Although this system does not have a well-defined circulation at this time, some development is still possible during the next day or two before the disturbance encounters a less favorable environment over the central tropical Atlantic early next week.
Formations chances are 40 percent through 48 hours and 50 percent over the next five days.
Representatives for the Lehigh Acres 7-Eleven #37936 made their case to the review board. CPH Inc. Engineers presented the project located at 1103 Leeland Heights Blvd W. The project is a proposed convenience store with 12 fueling facilities. The property is bounded by Homestead Road N., Leeland Heights W., Florida Road and Fillmore Avenue.
First time ever 24 residents were in attendance of the meeting.
7-11 will be a 24 hour operation scheduled to be completed by second quarter (spring) 2017.
As of the meeting no traffic study has been done and no application for this development has been presented to Lee County Staff for consideration.
The committee wanted to see drainage and traffic plans and the applicant did not have them done.
Their attorney, Charles Basinait said, where here to get approval for a special exemption from 8 pumps to 12 pumps, but their paperwork to the board stated it was for site project approval only.
Lehigh Acres Architectural, Planning & Zoning Review Board has denied the application for the 7-11 at the corner of Homestead Rd and Leeland Heights Blvd, due to the lack of documents.
These does not mean that the county will deny it.
Video of the meeting ……
After seriously talking, listening and vetting the Lehigh Acres Gazette is recommending the following candidates during the Aug 30 Primary Elections
For Lee County Court Judge Gr 4 Archie B Haywood Jr
For State Senator Dist 27 Jason Maughan
For State Senator Dist 28 Matt Hudson
For County Commissioner Dist 3 Dick Anderson
For County Commissioner Dist 5 Frank Mann
For Lee County School Dist 2 Charlie Flores
For Lee County School Board Dist 3 Chris Patricca
For Lee County School Board Dist 6 Richard Dunmire
For Lee County School Board Dist 7 Chris Quackenbush
For Lee County Sheriff Stephanie Eller
For Supervisor of Elections Dan Sinclair
From Press Release from United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida
United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley III announced today the arrest and charging by criminal complaint of Jazmin Challana Barron, 33, of Lehigh Acres, with making false statements during the purchase of a firearm and making false statements in records kept by a federal firearms licensee.
If convicted on all counts, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for making the false statement during the purchase of a firearm and 5 years’ imprisonment for making a false statement in records kept by a FFL.
Barron made her initial appearance in federal court today and was released on a $25,000 bond.
On Feb. 20, 2015, Barron purchased a 5.7-caliber MasterPiece Arms pistol Model MPA57SST from Gunsmoke and Lead, at 5513 W. Eighth St., Suite 1, a licensed federal firearms dealer in Lehigh Acres. According to the complaint affidavit, she completed an ATF Form 4473 as required to purchase the firearm; however, Barron provided a false address where she had not and was not residing at the time of the purchase.
TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL 200 AM EDT FRI JUL 29 2016
For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
1. A tropical wave located located about 1200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is moving rapidly westward. Given the fast motion of the system, development, if any, will be slow to occur. However, this system will likely bring showers and gusty winds to portions of the Leeward Islands during the weekend, and then, the activity should spread westward across the Caribbean Sea.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…20 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days…low…30 percent
2. Shower activity associated with a tropical wave and a low pressure system centered a couple of hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands has increased during the past several hours, but the overall organization has changed little. This system has some potential for development during the next day or two, before the disturbance encounters a less favorable environment over the central tropical Atlantic next week.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…30 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…40 percent
Written by A Barrett, Lehigh Acres Gazette Staff Writer
During the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District’s monthly board meeting Fire Commissioner Larry Becker made the comment “I have 127 firefighter to worry about.” Then quickly corrected himself by adding “and the 100,000 residents of this district.” Seemingly, as an afterthought.
Now readers maybe ask yourselves why Fire Commissioner Larry Becker would such a comment and sadly the answer is all too clear when you look in the right places. Fire Commissioner Larry Becker and another Fire Commissioner David Adams have deep ties to the International Association of Fire Fighters local #1826 and Retire Fire Chief John Wayne.
The International Association of Fire Fighters local #1826 has given large sums of money to each of their past election campaigns. We also have sources in the International Association of Fire Fighters local #1826 saying that both Fire Commissioner Larry Becker and Fire Commissioner David Adams may have taking brides to get them to vote how the union wanted them too. But this is unconfirmed as to the writing of this article.
Johnny Rodgers is Coming Back to Lehigh Acres For One Show -
Saturday Night at Majestic Bar & Grill 7:30 pm $10 cover
Below is a video the Lehigh Acres Gazette shot at the
last concert at Majestic Bar & Grill in June 2016
*Playing at the Lubbock Civic Center Theatre to a packed house that included Buddy’s brothers Travis and Larry and niece Sherry Holly.
*Performing at the Fifties in February event at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the site of Buddy Holly’s final performance.
*On stage at the Clovis Music Festival in Clovis, New Mexico. It was in Clovis that Buddy recorded many of his most famous songs.
*50th Anniversary shows in several venues where Buddy had played exactly 50 years earlier.
Written by A. Barrett, Lehigh Acres Gazette Staff Writer
With the violent crime rate in this nation climbing to an all-time high, I thought it would be wise to look at the cold hard facts of who is doing these crimes. Now this article going to show the reader the simple fact, as given to us by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
Now as you read this you may come to believe that this article is racist, but the numbers and facts do not lie. Yet if it makes you feel better go ahead and call this article racist, it is your right but facts are facts.
It is a simple fact of life that nonwhites commit at least 90 percent of all violent crimes in the United States even though nonwhites make up only 57 percent of the population, and the least white cities are the most dangerous, an analysis of one of the latest Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) crime statistics has revealed.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
In 1950, when Communist armies from the North stormed across the 38th parallel, brave American men and women though weary of combat in the wake of World War II stepped forward to defend their brothers and sisters on the Korean Peninsula. Over the course of 3 years, through unforgiving weather and severe danger, nearly 1.8 million Americans joined in the fight and faced down Communism pushing the invading armies back and protecting a people on the other side of the world. As we mark the 63rd anniversary of the Military Armistice Agreement that brought an end to this war, we pause to honor the strength and resilience of our Korean War veterans, whose spirits and stories serve as an inspiration to continue advancing freedom’s cause.
Rising from occupation and ruin, the Republic of Korea today shines as a thriving, modern country, whose people can take comfort in knowing that the commitment of the United States to their stability and security will never waver. Fifty million South Koreans now live in freedom, reaching for their dreams and pursuing opportunities in a vibrant democracy and dynamic economy always realizing they have a partner who will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in defense of peace and prosperity. Our lasting friendship and unbreakable alliance are sustained by the beliefs we hold in common and the values we cherish.
Update: One person is in custody following two residential burglaries that took place just before 6 a.m.
Lee County sheriff deputies are conducting an investigation in a neighborhood off Gunnery Road.
Numerous LCSO vehicles are stationed along the 700 block of Homer Avenue S. where deputies say two homes were broken into. And a second scene has been established on 7th Street SW.
There is a lot of blood on the roadway along with evidence markers and blood on one of the homes. Two people were taken to the hospital according to LCSO.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Written by A Barrett, Lehigh Acres Gazette Staff Writer
During the latest Lehigh Acres Fire Board meeting hold at Lehigh Acres Fire Control & Rescue District Station 104. Board members seemingly mocked and ignored seniors who attended the meeting to voice their concerns about the rise in their rents at Presbyterian Homes due to the fire assessment tax.
As the meeting began one resident Harold “Skip” Graves spoke up asking the board Chairperson Cathy Kruse to speak loader as many of the seniors attending the meeting could not hear them. Kruse replied “I will try to speak louder” and continued saying “it is what it is” speaking to the lack of the board’s ability to use the microphones over the speaking within the building one can only assume.
During the time the public was allowed to speak on the assessment tax matter, Commissioner Matt Smith was observed reading papers and rolling his eyes as seniors spoke. Commissioner David Adams was heard mumbling to himself “Get over it” & “Speak English” amongst other comments that where inaudible.
As resident after resident spoke their concerns to the board, Chairperson Cathy Kruse did her best to show general concern at the plight of the residents, though many residents felt she did so in a condescending matter.
After the residents spoke their peace and departed the meeting, the meeting continued its planned agenda.
141 of the 631 residents that call Presbyterian Homes home made their way into a Lehigh Acres Fire Commission meeting Tuesday on three buses. To fight against the fire assessment fee.
Most of them will making them choose between their safety, medicine or food.
The meeting was held at Fire Station 104. The 141 seniors and low-income residents came to speak, but most of them never made it inside to the meeting.
Sharon Post said she sat outside for an hour. She said “They’re not letting us in and we been sitting out here for an hour waiting to get in and then we get told that, well, they can’t accommodate wheelchairs.”
Fire Candidate Debbie Cunningham said on Facebook, “This meeting was well attended, however, several residents weren’t able to participate. The Board’s blatant disregard for ADA access standards is just one of many problems with the current board.”
Residents of the complex, which holds 488 apartments and 631 residents, say the fire assessment tax will raise their rent $25 a month. For many, that’s the difference between getting medication or going without food or medicine or both.
It’s a message they wanted five fire commissioners to hear loud and clear.
Has Fire Commissioner Chairperson Cathy Kruse broken the nepotism laws in the State of Florida she and board have control over the budget and the union contract of the Lehigh Acres Fire District — Her son works for the Lehigh Acres Fire District
Also we have a candidate running for a commission seat that her husband work for the district and is employ under a union contract.
Stef’An Strawder’s Family To File Wrongful Death Lawsuit And Reward Raised To $21,000 for Information
Stef’An Strawder, who had sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound while exiting a party at Club Blu in Fort Myers.
The 18-year-old Strawder was a rising basketball star at Lehigh Senior High School was pronounced dead nearly two hours later emergency surgery at Lee Memorial Hospital.
On Tuesday afternoon, Strawder family retained Joseph R. North of the North Law Firm who sent letters to Club Blu and Carrell Corners West, the property lot owned by IMC Equity Group where the restaurant sits, notifying them of the family’s intention to file wrongful death and negligence of security suits on behalf of Strawder family.
A collective reward of $21,000 is being offered for information in the case.
Detectives are having an extremely difficult time collecting new information from witnesses and victims of the shooting.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers said they have received one tip and few individuals have been cooperating.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said the shooters had clear intentions to incite murder and mayhem, and the agency is confidence people have information about those involved.
Despite detectives working tirelessly with the FBI to collect evidence, for some reason, the young victims, and even their families aren’t communicating with authorities.
Stef’An D. Strawder was an extraordinary, robust and multifaceted young man on and off the basketball court. He was admired and loved by so many. Stefan was set to embark on his senior year at Lehigh Senior High School, he had such a bright future ahead of him. After high school, Stefan planned on playing basketball in college. Sadly, his life was cut short on July 25th, 2016. Stefan was shot and killed at Club Blu in Fort Myers. The Strawder/White family is asking anyone who is able to donate, to donate whatever they can to help offset the funeral cost. https://www.gofundme.com/2gd2f78
The meeting is scheduled Tuesday 26, 2016 at 5:00pm at Fire Station #4 on Sunshine Blvd with room for only 81 people in the two combined meeting rooms. Presbyterian homes are bringing 123 residents on buses to the meeting.
Rafael Chala, the Administrator of the center said, “We are very upset, outrage and disguised by the actions of the Lehigh Acres Fire Board.” He went on the say in the interview, “It seems to us that the Lehigh Acres Fire Board, has no clue about what Presbyterian Homes is or what we provide for our residents.”
Chala also said he has collected over 173 letters to be given to the fire commissioners.
Currently Presbyterian homes has 488 rentals with 613 residents. 22% are Veterans/ First Responders or Surviving Spouses. About 80% are disabled, Age 62-97 with an Average monthly income between $762.84 and $1264.00. And only 45% of the residents receiving rent subsidy.
Written by DONNETTE VESSELIZA
I live here in the Presbyterian homes here in Lehigh Acres fl. I’m disabled on one salary a month and limited expenses. We are the people here are not home owners we rent how in the world can we get hit with assessment fee for fire department. They want to raise our rents which isn’t right at all. I have bills to pay need medication i pay for copayments need to eat. There are residents here living together has a care giver or they are on section 8. But a single person who doesn’t get none above mentioned is really a burden on us. if they raise our rents how do we get by and how do we suppose to make it to the following month. Money is evil source on this earth. People are too greedy. You are volunteers in the fire department. People who are disabled that has health insurance the fire department and ambulance service is being paid for thru our health insurance. This a double whammy on us. What if your mother father brother or sister lived here at Presbyterian homes how would you feel about this assessment fee Like I mentioned we are only renters not home owners and we should not be getting hit paying for assessment fee nor pay rent increase. Stop preying on the poor disable and handicap people. Think if it was one of your own family member how would you like it. Also just look at this point of view if you didn’t come with an ambulance or fire truck in an emergency look at the law suit you would have on your hands. It’s time to do your job. If you can’t do your job without hitting assessment fee you are in the wrong field. Do your job!!!
Lehigh Senior High School senior Stef’An Strawder was one of two victims that were killed during a shooting at Club Blu in Fort Myers early Monday morning.
“What a terrible way to wake up this morning. Such a loss to so many. Family, friends, fans, teammates, teachers, coaches, all are crying and hurting. It’s hard to understand why this continues!’ by Richard Anglickis on his Facebook page.
Strawder, a promising high school basketball player at Lehigh Senior HS who had aspirations to play Division I college basketball said Former Coach Sawn McNew. Strawder died after being transported to Lee Memorial Trauma Center. He just turned 18 in June
According to his mother Stephanie White, Strawder’s older sister, Sharrelle, also suffered a gunshot wound to one her leg at the incident at Club Blu
Written by Don Browne Southwest Florida Online
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27-year old air conditioning business owner Louis Joseph Bruno IV buys lots of radio time for weekend hour-long early morning radio shows, and frequent daily spot ads featuring $29.95 air conditioning maintenance checkups by his four-year old Bruno Air Conditioning of SWFL.
Bruno wants to sell you maintenance contracts, “Bruno Signature Series” air conditioners, mold protection units, surge protectors, and do all your electrical and plumbing work. And they love to take your air conditioner system apart and clean all the components.
But before you give anyone your business that may take thousands of dollars from your pocket, it’s a good idea to do a bit of checking on the company through the BBB and other references. We did, and found some interesting facts.
According to the BBB, Bruno Air Conditioning is not accredited and it’s rating was revoked in November 2015 by the Better Business Bureau. The BBB says “On 11/18/2015 this company’s accreditation in the BBB was revoked by the BBB’s Board of Directors due to failure to eliminate the underlying cause of complaints on file with the BBB.”