Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
The smell of smoke permeating Lehigh Acres on Friday is due to two fires, including one set on purpose.
A prescribed fire was set in Babcock Ranch and four firefighters from the Caloosahatchee Forestry Center were sent to the Lakeland area to help contain a fire, said Samantha Quinn with the Florida Forest Service.
“We recommend you only contact 911 if you see an active smoke column or visible flames,” she said.
Smoke from both fires has spread as far south as Naples due to winds blowing from the north.
A Buckingham church works to clean up after it was vandalized covered in spray paint with profanities.
People who attend the Church of Christ on Buckingham Road found the wall on the east side of the building covered in spray paint.
The church did cover up the words and symbols with paint, however, according to the police report, it will cost around $300 to paint over the whole wall.
Preacher of the church, Jody Davis, said this is not the first time the church has been vandalized. He said this is the third the church has been a target for vandals.
Lee County Department of Transportation is asking Lehigh Acres motorists to exercise caution during an upcoming Culvert Replacement Project by the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District (LA-MSID) involving four locations.
Many of the deteriorating, metal culverts have been in place for nearly 60 years. The life expectancy for the new, concrete culverts is about 50 to75 years.
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 21, and continuing for about three weeks, weather permitting, Richmond Avenue South at Perimeter Canal will be closed between Danby Road and Parkside Street. A detour route will be posted and motorists are asked to proceed with caution.
Drivers can expect future road closures and detours to complete the culvert projects below, each taking about three weeks to complete, weather permitting:
· On March 14, the culvert project will move to Richmond Avenue South at Amberwood Canal, between Plainfield Street and Sunrise Boulevard.
· On April 4, the culvert project will continue on Anaconda Avenue South at Scrub Oak Canal, between Lamar Street East and Newell Street East.
· On April 25, the culvert project will conclude at Jaguar Boulevard at Bald Eagle Canal, between Pinecastle Drive and Genoa Avenue South.
By Lehigh Acres Gazette Staff
A bicyclist was transported to the hospital by Lehigh Acres Fire and Rescue after he was struck by an SUV at Joel Boulevard and East 6th Street.
Paramedics found the man lying on the road after he was hit by a Ford Explorer. He suffered injuries.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
LCSO pulled two vehicles out of a wooded area in a rural section of Lehigh Acres on Thursday afternoon.
The vehicles were moved from a lot on North Avenue near 17th Street East.
One vehicle was a Mercedes sedan with a solid coat of algae growing on it.
The Ford pickup truck that didn’t appear to have been submerged, but missing many parts, but the key was still in the ignition.
LSCO confirmed the vehicles appear to be abandoned. It is still unclear as to who the vehicles belong to at this time.
Judy Carter, publicity chairman for the Lehigh Spring Festival committee, said the Lehigh Acres Spring Festival Committee has worked out the final details this week and has updated the website.
The deadline for the festival’s Junior Miss/Queen Pageant is Feb. 19, which is also the kickoff for the first of several rehearsals at Footnotes Dance & Music Studio starting this Sunday.
Spring Festival opening starts on Friday, March 10, with ceremonies at 6 p.m. at Veterans Park on Homestead Road. Lehigh Acres Spring Festival 2017 Schedule of Events
Lehigh Acres Spring Festival 2017 Schedule of Events
Nicks Kids Show (midway stage)
Tolve Productions Carnival (rides and games)
Commodore Cutter (SW Florida Pirate – join the crew!)
Beer & Wine Tavern (open until 9:30 PM every day
Friday, March 10, 2017
6:00 PM Opening Ceremonies Blessing by Pastor Porzio
Introduction of sponsors and dignitaries
6:00 PM Horseshoe Tournament Registration (in the beer garden)
8:00 PM The Nowhere Band (Beatles Tribute Band)
We must realize that what we do has an impact, even the most marginal of individuals can help the community as a whole. As always, my friends I say, We the people of Lehigh Acres must come together if we are to bring our town to greatness, to make our town a City that we can be proud of.
I hear people complain about the parade of the spring festival no longer happen, but tell me how many of you that complain actually went to a public meeting to voice your concern to the ones who might actually be able to do something about it?
My guess is not many. The time of idle talk and complaining is done.
Attend the public meetings in Lehigh Acres, watch the people that have a voice, make sure they serve you like they should.
Lehigh Community Council meeting Mon, February 20, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Bravo District, 1301 Homestead Road N, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
If they do not? Get rid of them!
Do what must be done for yourself, your family, and for the other people of Lehigh Acres!
Until next time my friends.
Lee County Human and Veteran Service staff will conduct a workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at the American Legion Post 323 in Lehigh to provide information and assistance completing claims forms relating to the Department of Veterans Affairs recent establishment of service-connected disability for veterans exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina.
Veterans, Reservists, and Guardsmen may be able to get disability benefits if they served at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River for at least 30 cumulative days from August 1953 through December 1987 and must be discharged from the military under conditions other than dishonorable, and have or have had a diagnosis of one or more of these conditions: adult leukemia, aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Parkinson’s disease.
A female student at Lehigh Senior High School student claimed she was sexually assaulted between 8:40 and 10 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2017, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report.
The female victim, who reported the incident to Lee County Sherriff Friday, said two male students forced her to perform oral sex on them in a school bathroom.
The incident is still being investigated and no arrests have been made.
Lehigh Senior Principal Jackie Corey sent an email to parents in the wake of the incident. “…the Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged crime on our campus. As the investigation is active, there is not much I can share with you at this time but will keep you informed to the best of my ability,” the email said.