Setting any and all fires outdoors, except barbecues, is now forbidden in Lehigh Acres.
The Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District voted Tuesday night to establish a 60-day temporary embargo that prohibits campfires, bonfires and trash burning, among other activities.
The Fire Board also agreed to write a letter to Lee County Commissioners requesting a County Burn Ban.
by Lehigh Acres Gazette
Two people were sent by ambulance to a local hospital after a bus crash at Gunnery Road and 23rd Street SW. Lehigh Acres Fire Rescue was on the scene.
A Gateway Charter School bus rear-ended a silver car belonging to Lab Corp.
One student from the bus and the driver of the Lab Corp vehicle were taken to the hospital by Lehigh Acres Fire Rescue.
Their conditions are unknown at this time.
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by the Lehigh Acres Gazette Staff
Parts of Lehigh Acres picked up some much-needed rainfall seeing more than 2″ Saturday night Sunday morning in some areas.
Sunday’s rain total at Page Field was even good enough to snap an 82-year-old rain record for the date of April 23rd. Before today’s 2.1″ of rain the most it ever got on this date was 1.78″ in 1935.
Lehigh Acres Gazette working on a series of articles starting next week on the canals and aquifers in and around Lehigh Acres.
by Lehigh Acres Gazette Staff
Around 8:30 pm Saturday 911 call came in from a vehicle hitting a fire hydrant across from 5190 Lee Boulevard causing a water main break.
One lane traffic coming into Lehigh Acres was backed up.
The driver of the vehicle injuries unknown but was transfer to the hospital by Lehigh Acres Fire Department.
Crews are working to repair the break, evaluate the water quality and attempt to reverse the notice by Tuesday, FGUA officials said.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
UPDATE Mr. Caldwell has been found safe
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 62-year-old Fort Myers man.
On April 22, 2017, Roy Caldwell was reported missing by his family. Roy is described as a black male (DOB 07-11-54), 5’5” tall, 200 lbs., gray hair and brown eyes. Roy was last seen wearing a black shirt and black sweat pants. He was also carrying a white bag, green bag, and a beige bag. He was last seen in the area of Gulf Coast Hospital and is known to utilize Lee Tran as a means of transportation. Roy has not been taking his medication and there are concerns for his well-being.
by Lehigh Acres Gazette
On Thursday, April 20, 2017, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Lee County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a call for service at 2715 4th ST SW.
Lee County Sheriff’s Office has ruled that the three people found Thursday inside the home are a “murder-suicide.”
Tiffany Jensen, 37, and Heidi Shinne, 19, were discovered by deputies responding to a home. Johnson Scott Jensen, 47, was identified as the suspect, according to the Email we received from LCSO. Jensen died after being taken to the hospital.
The circumstances leading up to the event were unclear according to LCSO detectives.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette Staff
The Ann Ave fire that scorched 400 acres of Lehigh Acres left 6 families without a place to stay due to total loss or other damage to their homes.
The destroyed homes were at 2704 and 2706 21st Street West and 2813 and 2013 24th Street West.
According to The Red Cross, they have are helping the displaced families find somewhere to stay, but it’s also collecting donations. Red Cross phone 239-278-3401
Florida Governmental Utility Authority has issues a Precautionary Boil Water Notification for Lehigh Acres System Customers
(Lehigh Acres) The Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) has issued a Precautionary Boil Water Notice Advisory as of Saturday (April 22nd) at 8:30 PM, due to a vehicle hitting a fire hydrant across from 5190 Lee Boulevard causing a water main break.
Trump Administration Approves Additional Requests for Fire Management Assistance Grant for Lehigh Acres
From email from the Governors office – Lehigh Acres Gazette Staff
Governor Scott said, “We are continuing to closely monitor these wildfires and do everything we can to ensure our firefighters and first responders have all the resources they need to protect our communities. I appreciate the Trump Administration’s quick approval in fulfilling my request for additional Fire Management Assistance Grants to assist ongoing firefighting efforts in Lee and Polk Counties.
Gov. Rick Scott believes that a lit cigarette was the cause of a 400-acre brush fire that ignited near West Ninth Street and Ann Ave North Friday afternoon.
Scott was on site doing an assessment today and addressed the fire in a press conference and took a tour of the wildfire damage in Lee County.
Last night Governor Scott granted a Federal Management Assistance Grant. This grant will help provide 75% funding as a reimbursement for this fire.