The Lehigh Acres Community Watch Coordinators will have its Celebrate Safe Community walk on Oct 16th. The walk starts at 6:15. We will walk down Homestead Rd. from the Sheriff’s office to the ice cream shop at the end of the Winn Dixie plaza. This event is open for the public to join along with us. Please be in the back parking lot by 6:00 pm at the sheriff’s station. For more info please call Steve Mc Giffin at 674-9068.
The Lehigh Acres Edible Gardening Exchange’s October speaker will be Lee County Master Gardener Adrienne Diaz. Adrienne will enlighten us on how to integrate edibles into our landscaping.
Adrienne has been growing her own edibles right next door to the neighborhood HOA president for the last four years. Her clever use of edibles as the main focus of her landscape has not only gotten approval from her neighbors, but has provided an arena to teach others how to do so as well.
Join us for our FREE monthly meeting Thursday, October 16th at 6:30pm inside Veterans Park Recreation Center located at 55 Homestead Road South in Lehigh Acres. Arrive at 5:30pm for an informal Gardener’s Chat prior to the start of the meeting. For more information, contact Karen Harty at 610.530.8883.
An 80-year-old woman was hit and killed by an SUV in Lehigh Acres Saturday morning.
The crash happened at around 7:00 a.m. near the intersection of 16th Street W and Colin Avenue N.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, 22-year-old Jose Ramirez was driving east on 16th Street W. At the same time, Shirley Burns was taking a morning walk in the same direction.
Ramirez attempted to steer the SUV to the right to avoid hitting Burns, but was unsuccessful. The driver’s sister – Bridgette Ramirez – says Jose Ramirez immediately pulled over and called for help.
On September 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm at Fire Station 104 on Sunshine Blvd a coalition of not for Profits, Churches and voters will be presenting a resolution to the fire board; for the board to consider the following: “Should the voters approve the referendum on November 4, 2014 the Board of Commissioners of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District would agree that all individuals and organizations, who are presently or who may qualify to be exempt from paying ad valorem taxes shall be exempt from paying any new assessment fee or tax to the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District as a result of the outcome of this election.”
Renee Watters Chief of Public Information of the Florida Department of Revenue said by email, “Local governments are solely responsible for levying non-ad valorem assessments, including determining the rate of the assessments and any exemptions from the assessments.”
The coalition leadership hopes the Board of Commissioners of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District will pass this resolution and end this issue.
Joe Pearson the Executive Director Healthy Harvest Community Farms would like to thank all of our friends that came out to support the launch and ground breaking of Healthy Harvest Community Farms Ft Myers satellite location at the State Farmers Market at 2736 Edison Ave Fort Myers, FL.
Board Member Hector Diaz with Allegro Group FL. brought a crew from Naples to start trenching for the irrigation lines from funds that were raised.
You can participate by donating any amount at the following web address http://www.gofundme.com/db7xko. You can go there and contribute any amount from $5 on up as we are still in need of funds to complete this project.
The REAL FACTS are the Lehigh Acres Fire Board doesn’t want you to know, is that the portion of real property tax exemptions that you may have on your real property is being circumvented by the Lehigh Acres Fire Board. The Fire Board is eliminating all benefits of exemptions from all real property owners in Lehigh Acres that have senior, homestead, widower, handicap (disabled) veterans and even Surviving Spouses of First Responders if the Fire tax assessment passes.
Get ready for the REAL heart ache …….
Mr. JD Cunningham is an honorably discharged disabled combat US Marine and the Commander of the VFW Post 4174 in Lehigh Acres. In a recent interview Cunningham said, “You want me to pay more but the same time the Fire Board bypasses the Veterans exemptions in which I earned by serving this great nation and now you want to tax my Post too. Hell NO!”
Not only is the Fire Board going to charge Churches and Not-For Profits, the Fire Board is now going after your personal real property exemptions.
According to Kenneth M. Wilkinson Lee County Property Appraiser exemptions are based on Ad-Valorem millage only and “NOT” on Fee Assessments. If the Fire Board wishes to exempt a class such as Disabled Vets they could do that by resolution, said Wilkinson.
E.D. an honorably discharged disabled Army Sergeant agreed with Cunningham. And he went to say, “All I pay currently is ECWCD and my trash pickup totaling $226.47.” And now the Fire Board what’s that NEW Fire Tax thing of $292.00 – my new tax bill would be over $500.00 dollars, he went on to say, “I’m on a fixed income, come on ladies and gentleman find a better way than on the backs of disabled veterans of this community.”
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying an unknown white male who boldly stole three television sets from the Lehigh Acres Wal Mart last week.
According to detectives, the man entered the store at 2523 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15th. Surveillance cameras spotted him walking directly to the electronics section of the store, where he picked up three 40 inch flat screen television sets, and quickly ran out of the store with the TV’s in hand. The thief loaded the stolen goods into a white vehicle, which was waiting for him in front of the store, then took off in an unknown direction.
Anyone with information on the identity of the TV thief is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online atwww.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
Two vehicles collide on Homestead Rd this morning Mercedes and a Pickup truck in front of Circle K drivers and passengers were taken to the hospital. Injuries unknown at this time.
Healthy Harvest Community Farms will be breaking ground on second location Wednesday September 24, 2014 at the State Farmers Market in Ft Myers at 2736 Edison Ave Fort Myers, FL. This is first time the State of Florida and the Dept. of Agriculture will allow Healthy Harvest Community Farms, a community garden project on State property.
Video courtesy of NBC-2.com by Ty Russell, Reporter
“Bad propaganda,” Barrett said.
The advertisements are meant to inform voters about the proposed Lehigh Acres fire assessment fee. But some believe they’re using scare tactics and bordering on the illegal.
“It’s atrocious spending of taxpayer money,” Barrett said.
“This propaganda campaign lead by Fire Chief John Wayne (Gotti) and the head of the Five Families (the LAFC&RD Commissioners) is at best mob style protection scam, and at worse it is a death threat to every resident and taxpayer in Lehigh Acres.” said Barrett
Barrett continued by stating “What is your life worth?, that statement if said by anyone other than the Teflon Chief and the Capofamiglia of the LAFC&RD they would likely be in jail.”
Barrett also there is a website with REAL facts about this at www.gettherealfactslehigh.com/realfacts