The Calendar Girls were honored to perform at the installation of new Lehigh Commander Michael Mason.
Calendar Girls Florida ~ Sponsoring Guide Dogs for Veterans since 2006.
Where: Lehigh Acres, FL – Lehigh Acres Service Area
When: July 1st to July 31st
The Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) will be conducting a routine chlorine burn and flushing as part of its regular, prudent utility practice beginning on Friday, July 1st, which will be completed by Sunday, July 31st in the FGUA Lehigh Acres System.
This is a routine measure to ensure customers have clean and safe potable water. Beyond a slight difference in odor and taste of the water, most customers will not see a difference in their level of service. During flushing activities, it is possible that some customers may experience discoloration in their water during the flushing activities, as sediment gets purged from the pipes. Should this occur, customers should simply run their faucet or tap for an additional 1-2 minutes until the water flows clear.
In addition, there are special considerations for dialysis patients and aquarium owners. Customers who are on home dialysis, are encouraged to contact their physician or dialysis provider to make sure they are informed of the proper steps they should take to de-chlorinate the water before it is used in the dialysis process. Customers who have fish tanks or aquatic species are advised to contact a professional aquarist to avoid any problems associated with free chlorine. For questions regarding the change in the disinfectant process, please contact the FGUA Customer Service Office at: (239) 368-1615 or visit http://www.fgua.com/outages-and-notices.
In a recent grocery market poll outside Publix in Lehigh Acres (Done by Survey Mark), 100 voters were polled, would you vote for a firefighter or a spouse or any relation to a firefighter for the Lehigh Acres Fire Board?
91 out of 100 said they would NOT vote for should a person.
When asked why, 76 out of 100 stated it because of the tax assessment and the mistruths the firefighters and the fire board told the people of Lehigh Acres.
Wayne F. a taxpayer and voter in Lehigh Acres said, “At one time Lehigh had four firefighters on the board. And all they did was spend, spend and spend. And the fire board today is still 2.3 million dollars in debt because of those four men.”
Helen M. also a voter in Lehigh Acres said, “I’m 86 years old and live on my own in Presbyterian Homes.” Helen continued talk about how nice and polite the firefighters are but when asked if she would vote for such a person her answer was “NO”.
LEE COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL DISTRICT – AREA 1
Melissa Dortch (Incumbent)
LEHIGH ACRES FIRE CONTROL AND RESCUE DISTRICT – SEAT 1
Robert J Bennett
Cathy Kruse (Incumbent)
The study on the possibility of incorporating Lehigh Acres may be dead again. It seems that Alain Capaucci the President of the incorporation group in Lehigh Acres may be under investigation by the Florida Ethics Commission an unnamed source has verified to the Lehigh Acres Gazette.
It seems that Capaucci changed and refiled legal documents that incorporated the group from a not for profit (which is required by law) to a for profit identity without his board’s approval. And changed the name from INCORPORATE LEHIGH ACRES, INC to LEHIGH ACRES INCORPORATION.
Also Monday June 20, 2016 Capaucci resigned from the Lehigh Acres Community Council with no reason given.
We reached out to the Florida Ethics Commission and Capaucci and they will not comment on any investigation.
Currently Alain Capaucci is running for Lehigh Acres for Fire Commission.
Nearly 35 spectators, including independent journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell, were at the first day of a trial alleging Hendry County broke Florida’s Sunshine Law when it permitted two massive monkey farms without public input.
Three plaintiffs, represented by attorneys from the nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund, say they had no idea their rural neighborhood would soon house thousands of macaque monkeys.
The county maintains that as long as land is zoned for agriculture, any species could be allowed. The public doesn’t need to be notified about such facilities because staffers are in charge of their vetting and approval. At no time did two elected officials meet about the farm, the county contends, so there was no violation of the law.
In her opening statements, plaintiffs’ attorney Justine Cowan said, “What my clients are seeking is so reasonable: They just want a voice in what is happening in their backyard.”
But Edward Dion, representing the county, said the Sunshine Law “Is supposed to prevent officials from meeting in secret. (It) doesn’t require that people be notified of routine decisions by county staff.”
A crash in Lehigh Acres at Sara Avenue North has shut down the westbound lanes of Lee Boulevard, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
It happened Monday evening right in front of Sunshine Elementary School just west of Sunshine Boulevard North.
Lee County School District Superintendent Gregory Adkins said he will recommend Ed Mathews, Assistant Principal at East Lee County High School, to replace Layner.
The announcement of her transfer comes with news that the staff at South Fort Myers High School had requested improved security months before a 15-year-old girl was discovered having sex with a number of boys in a bathroom.
Principal Michelle Layner will be moved to Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts starting in fall 2016.
The Caribbean American Social Club of Lehigh Acres recently presented two high school seniors with a $1,000 college scholarship each. President Orville Hall recognized the students at the club’s annual banquet at the Majestic Golf Club. The student recipients were Farha Deceus, of Lehigh Senior High School, and Vanessa Casiano, of East Lee County High School. Lifetime Achievement Awards was given to Vincent Moses and Marie
Sallade, while the Henry M. Garner Contribution Award went to Nola Hall.
Known as CASCOLA, the club meets at the St. Anselm Episcopal Church, at 2201 E. Sixth St. New members and guests are welcome.
House fire on East 2nd Street limited details at this time. The Lehigh Acres Fire Department has said fire is out and no other details of any injuries.
Stephen Paulsell, Stephen McInerny, James Tobin and Michael Choate were asked to come back for final interviews with the staff and Fire Commissioners on July 12 and 13
But there are the following issues:
1 – No public comment was allowed during a public meeting with the selection committee.
Why no comment, what is the fire department hiding now?
2 – Per the posted notice of the meeting no one can appeal any of the selection committee because NO verbatim recording was made by the fire district of this two day public meeting.
Why no recordings?
One of the Chief named above had so many complaints over his management style led some of his staff to leave that district and later some of them sued over the issues.
One Chief was criticized by former community members for promoting his then girlfriend to an asst. chief position with a hefty salary.
One Chief was removed for office by the town manager just these year.
One Chief had a text scandal with a female subordinate.
Doesn’t the residents and voters of Lehigh Acres deserve better?
Supporters of backyard chickens have submitted a formal proposal to Lee County to allow chickens in Lehigh Acres, but the county attorney says any zoning change has to apply across the county.
Hopeful hen keepers in Lehigh Acres have proposed a county ordinance to allow them to keep backyard broods, but Lee County’s attorney said Tuesday morning it would have to be adopted countywide.
The Lehigh Acres Community Council this week voted to ask the Board of County Commissioners to consider enacting backyard chicken zoning for Lehigh Acres with restrictions.
But County Attorney Richard Wesch told the five county commissioners Tuesday that changing zoning to allow chickens to be raised on the property must be applied across all sections of the unincorporated county that carry the same zoning designation.
The push to allow chickens in Lehigh began a couple of months ago, when resident Chuck Edwards was told to get rid of chickens he was raising on his property in a rural section of Lehigh. He took his case to the Board of County Commissioners and later to the Lehigh Acres Community Council where residents packed a couple meetings of the generally quiet council to discuss the chicken issue.
The northbound lanes of Lee Boulevard in Lehigh Acres have reopened after a crash occurred Monday evening just after 6 p.m.
It happened at the intersection of 8th Avenue and Lee Boulevard.
A witness on scene said that a mother was fueling her car on the side of the road with her three children inside the vehicle when a pest control truck crashed into the back of the mom’s car.
Loudine Louis, a psychology and theatre studies double major from Lehigh Acres, Fla., was named the 2016 Outstanding Senior at Maryville College during the Academic Awards Ceremony held on April 23 in the Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre of the Clayton Center for the Arts.
Established by the Maryville College Alumni Association in 1974, the Outstanding Senior award recognizes those students whose overall record of academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities stand out as most exemplary.
Specifically, the award seeks to recognize a senior who has been active in a broad range of activities in college, who best exemplifies an “ideal” Maryville College graduate and who has the potential to be an outstanding alumnus/alumna – both as a representative of the College and in his or her service to the institution.
Placido Moreno-Torres, DOB: 10/05/1968, was identified as the person responsible for the double homicide on June 18, 2016 at 3511 9TH St. W. Lehigh Acres, FL.
Witnesses stated they heard Placido and his wife Amparo arguing outside and then they heard gun shots. Ricardo Vaca was a neighbor to the Moreno’s and he too heard the arguing. In his concern he went to the Moreno’s driveway to intercede and mediate between Placido and Amparo. His neighborly act appears to be his only involvement in the matter.
Placido shot and killed both Amparo and Ricardo then fled the scene on foot. Amparo and Ricardo succumbed to their injuries on scene.
Due to the nature of the crime, detectives with the Major Cases Unit responded and conducted the investigation. Witnesses quickly led to the identity of Placido and search efforts were underway for him immediately.
Placido was located and has been arrested. He will be booked into the Lee County Jail for two counts of homicide and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
On January 22, 2009, the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand, the Knights of Columbus launched a new initiative aimed at providing women considering abortion a new way of viewing the life within them.
On that day, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council matched funds raised by Knights in Florida and Iowa to provide two pregnancy care centers complete funding for the acquisition of ultrasound machines that will help the centers to provide for the health of both mother and child.
As of March 2015, numerous local and state councils have qualified for matching funds from the Supreme Council office towards the purchase of over 540 ultrasound machines at a cost of over $16.1 million, with additional state and local council fund raising campaigns for ultrasound machine purchases either in progress or to be launched in the near future.
Ultrasound exams, which are medically indicated throughout pregnancy for a variety of diagnostic reasons, use ultrasound waves to scan a women’s abdomen, creating a picture or “sonogram” of the baby in her uterus. Without K of C support, most pregnancy care centers would be unable to purchase the ultrasound machines, each usually costing tens of thousands of dollars.
Today Knights of Columbus Council 6265 and St Raphael’s Church in Lehigh Acres are fundraising the needed $35,000 for an Ultra Sound machine for the Community Pregnancy Clinics (CPCI) this machine will be located at CPCI’s Ft Myers office.
CPCI has two clinics one in Ft Myers and one in Naples and a mobile clinic.
If you would like to participant in the fundraiser, please contact Doug Blais at 239-849-7050
Kiwanis handed out 17 Service to youth Awards, 11 Growable Scholarships, 15 New College Scholarships and 38 College Renewal Scholarships. (click here to seepPhotos of the event)
Hometown Hero’s 2016 Connor Blais, Andy Reisinger and Deputy “Rocky” Snott
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Connor Blias – Connor was not to be there because he was in England. His Father Doug Blais picked up the award for him. The Lehigh Acres Gazette got ahold of Conner by Facebook and he said, “It’s a great honor to be recognized for this award. A lot of hard work and dedication went into my project but to really pull it off it was the local community that made it possible. Without there’s support my project probably would not have been as successful. I have done what others wish they could. The ability to pull a community together for the better to help those less fortunate. 1,500 backpacks full of school supplies were collected over a 5 month period. 1,500 students from 4 local schools received backpacks.”
Also the Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres gave FGCU $10,000 for their scholarship programs