Like most things come to age, so it is with the so-called wooden nickel that has become Lehigh Acres bad penny, the welcome sign to Lehigh at the intersection of Lee Boulevard and Homestead Road.
The giant round sign is in a major state of weathering and rusting. A structural engineer will begin to inspect it and report its recommendations to the Lehigh Acres Community Council.
The report will be presented at the next Community Council meeting on Sept. 15. The council meets on the third Monday night at the Community Meeting Room at the Lee County Sheriff’s East Side substation at 1301 Homestead Road. Click here to see other photos
September 2014 Lehigh Acres Gazette Business of the Month is Lehigh’s Daily Grind located Villages of Lehigh, just off Taylor Lane at 1251Taylor Lane #5B behind the American Legion.
Serving homemade (Made from Scratch) breakfast and lunch…. The Lehigh’s Daily Grind is open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays from 7 a.m. to noon with breakfast.
Lehigh Acres Fire units were called to an area early Monday morning on Fitch Avenue for a report of a car fire.
The silver Audi A3 may have been stolen and the fire used to cover the crime however there is no official report at this time.
It is also too early to tell if there is any connection to another vehicle fire, also in Lehigh Acres on Eisenhower Avenue Saturday.
This Was Sent In To Us By A Reader. It was sent home Friday with a Lee County Public School Student. We are unable to verify this claim here at Lehigh Acres Gazette.
But a Special Public Meeting is scheduled 8:30 am School Board building on Colonial Blvd.
In public statements by the Lehigh Acres Fire Chief and its board of commissioners to discontinue local EMS service if the fire assessment fails is being taken by myself and residents and taxpayers as a threat, said Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann. It’s a threat to scare people into voting as if the takeover by the County should not be feared, said Mann
Fire Chief Wayne has quoted to say, ambulance response times might not improve if Lee County EMS takes over the service because of the way the county dispatches them.
According to Rob Farmer Lee County Public Safety Director, we have to meet the same Lee County standards that Lehigh Fire meets now. Same or better call times with the same advance life support protocols currently used.
It’s the way have been interpreting as a threat but some in the county see it as an opportunity for more stable and proven quality for the needs of the residents of Lehigh Acres, said Mann.
Currently the Fire Department keeps three ambulances available every day. But on Aug 2, 2014 for the first time in nearly four years approximately the district ran five ambulances in one 24 hours shift. According to Chief Wayne made a decision to “brown out” two engines to avoid calling in firefighters and paying overtime. The dually trained firefighters were diverted from the fire trucks to working on the ambulances all day.
Most if Lehigh Acres Fire calls are for medical needs, so “brown out” stations and or fire trucks using historical data works. The Fire Commissioners could have been doing this cost save method for the past five years and saved nearing two million dollars in reserves. In which could have gone into saving jobs.
Lehigh Acres Fire officials tell us a woman lost control of her minivan while taking a curve. Witnesses say the van rolled at least four times down the hill before coming to a rest. The driver was ejected and found 10 feet into the wooded area.
The woman suffered life-threatening injuries and taken to Lee Memorial Hospital on a trauma alert.
The westbound lanes of SR-82 were shut down, but have reopened.
The westbound lane of SR-82 is blocked due to a crash involving injuries, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
It happened on SR-82 near Harcourt Avenue at around 3:21 p.m. Saturday.
Lehigh Acres Fire officials say one person was trauma alerted out.
by Don Browne
Despite warnings from environmentalists, State Senator Dwight Bullard and TV host Jane Velez-Mitchell, Hendry County officials seem unable or unwilling to question the safety of a breeding facility for 3,200 Macaque monkeys at a site in Hendry County just blocks east of homes in Lehigh Acres.
A mystery company with no publicly listed phone number, address or names of company representatives has gained governmental permissions to build a breeding facility in western Hendry County, just feet from the Lee county line and homes in the residential community of Lehigh Acres.
In a recent broadcast by Jane Velez-Mitchell, Florida Senator Dwight Bullard called for a look into the breeding facility over worries about the environmental compatibility of plans to house in Hendry County, and eventually sells to laboratories thousands of monkeys. Bullard is on the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation.
Lehigh Acres Fire Department battled an early morning vehicle fire Saturday.
It happened in the 1100 block of Eisenhower Boulevard shortly after 2:30 a.m.
According to Lehigh Acres Fire officials, the owner of the pickup truck said he and his wife were sleeping when they heard an explosion. The couple went outside and found their GMC pickup truck on fire in the driveway.
The couples’ other vehicle also received some heat damage. However, their home was unharmed.
The Fire Marshal of the Lehigh Acres Fire Department will be investigating the cause.
According to Tom Scott Chairman of the Lee County School Board the “re-vote meeting” was been scheduled for Tuesday Sept 2 at 8:30 AM to accommodate Ms. Dozier and Ms. Morgan’s trip to Vero Beach and at the normal 6pm meeting time.
Lehigh Acres Gazette has learned that School board member Mary Fischer has requested a school board meeting for the purpose of making a motion to rescind the school board’s action to opt the District out of state-mandated assessments.
Dr. Nancy Graham, Superintendent of Schools, has agreed to schedule such meeting. Additional information such as date and time of meeting will be forthcoming according to Graham’s office.
Two women were hospitalized after a head-on crash early Friday morning on Leeland Heights Boulevard.
Two witness’ have said that the woman driving a Chevy Impala crossed the Leeland Heights Blvd and hit a Ford Expedition head on near Texas Road.
The driver of the Impala became trapped in the vehicle by the dashboard and had to be extricated by Lehigh Acres firefighters with the Jaws of Life. She was then flown by LeeFlight to Lee Memorial Hospital as a trauma alert.
The woman driving the SUV was taken to Lehigh Regional Medical Center via ambulance with minor injuries.
Leeland Heights Boulevard was closed in both directions while the Florida Highway Patrol conducted an investigation.
Leeland Heights Boulevard has been reopened.
As the Lee County School District now waits to hear from Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee on the effects of the board’s significant vote.
The school board’s attorney did find the following:
EFFECTS OF DISTRICT OPTING OUT OF STATEWIDE ASSESSMENTS