141 of the 631 residents that call Presbyterian Homes home made their way into a Lehigh Acres Fire Commission meeting Tuesday on three buses. To fight against the fire assessment fee.
Most of them will making them choose between their safety, medicine or food.
The meeting was held at Fire Station 104. The 141 seniors and low-income residents came to speak, but most of them never made it inside to the meeting.
Sharon Post said she sat outside for an hour. She said “They’re not letting us in and we been sitting out here for an hour waiting to get in and then we get told that, well, they can’t accommodate wheelchairs.”
Fire Candidate Debbie Cunningham said on Facebook, “This meeting was well attended, however, several residents weren’t able to participate. The Board’s blatant disregard for ADA access standards is just one of many problems with the current board.”
Residents of the complex, which holds 488 apartments and 631 residents, say the fire assessment tax will raise their rent $25 a month. For many, that’s the difference between getting medication or going without food or medicine or both.
It’s a message they wanted five fire commissioners to hear loud and clear.
Has Fire Commissioner Chairperson Cathy Kruse broken the nepotism laws in the State of Florida she and board have control over the budget and the union contract of the Lehigh Acres Fire District — Her son works for the Lehigh Acres Fire District
Also we have a candidate running for a commission seat that her husband work for the district and is employ under a union contract.
Stef’An Strawder’s Family To File Wrongful Death Lawsuit And Reward Raised To $21,000 for Information
Stef’An Strawder, who had sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound while exiting a party at Club Blu in Fort Myers.
The 18-year-old Strawder was a rising basketball star at Lehigh Senior High School was pronounced dead nearly two hours later emergency surgery at Lee Memorial Hospital.
On Tuesday afternoon, Strawder family retained Joseph R. North of the North Law Firm who sent letters to Club Blu and Carrell Corners West, the property lot owned by IMC Equity Group where the restaurant sits, notifying them of the family’s intention to file wrongful death and negligence of security suits on behalf of Strawder family.
A collective reward of $21,000 is being offered for information in the case.
Detectives are having an extremely difficult time collecting new information from witnesses and victims of the shooting.
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers said they have received one tip and few individuals have been cooperating.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said the shooters had clear intentions to incite murder and mayhem, and the agency is confidence people have information about those involved.
Despite detectives working tirelessly with the FBI to collect evidence, for some reason, the young victims, and even their families aren’t communicating with authorities.
Stef’An D. Strawder was an extraordinary, robust and multifaceted young man on and off the basketball court. He was admired and loved by so many. Stefan was set to embark on his senior year at Lehigh Senior High School, he had such a bright future ahead of him. After high school, Stefan planned on playing basketball in college. Sadly, his life was cut short on July 25th, 2016. Stefan was shot and killed at Club Blu in Fort Myers. The Strawder/White family is asking anyone who is able to donate, to donate whatever they can to help offset the funeral cost. https://www.gofundme.com/2gd2f78
The meeting is scheduled Tuesday 26, 2016 at 5:00pm at Fire Station #4 on Sunshine Blvd with room for only 81 people in the two combined meeting rooms. Presbyterian homes are bringing 123 residents on buses to the meeting.
Rafael Chala, the Administrator of the center said, “We are very upset, outrage and disguised by the actions of the Lehigh Acres Fire Board.” He went on the say in the interview, “It seems to us that the Lehigh Acres Fire Board, has no clue about what Presbyterian Homes is or what we provide for our residents.”
Chala also said he has collected over 173 letters to be given to the fire commissioners.
Currently Presbyterian homes has 488 rentals with 613 residents. 22% are Veterans/ First Responders or Surviving Spouses. About 80% are disabled, Age 62-97 with an Average monthly income between $762.84 and $1264.00. And only 45% of the residents receiving rent subsidy.
Lehigh Senior High School senior Stef’An Strawder was one of two victims that were killed during a shooting at Club Blu in Fort Myers early Monday morning.
“What a terrible way to wake up this morning. Such a loss to so many. Family, friends, fans, teammates, teachers, coaches, all are crying and hurting. It’s hard to understand why this continues!’ by Richard Anglickis on his Facebook page.
Strawder, a promising high school basketball player at Lehigh Senior HS who had aspirations to play Division I college basketball said Former Coach Sawn McNew. Strawder died after being transported to Lee Memorial Trauma Center. He just turned 18 in June
According to his mother Stephanie White, Strawder’s older sister, Sharrelle, also suffered a gunshot wound to one her leg at the incident at Club Blu
Written by Don Browne Southwest Florida Online
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27-year old air conditioning business owner Louis Joseph Bruno IV buys lots of radio time for weekend hour-long early morning radio shows, and frequent daily spot ads featuring $29.95 air conditioning maintenance checkups by his four-year old Bruno Air Conditioning of SWFL.
Bruno wants to sell you maintenance contracts, “Bruno Signature Series” air conditioners, mold protection units, surge protectors, and do all your electrical and plumbing work. And they love to take your air conditioner system apart and clean all the components.
But before you give anyone your business that may take thousands of dollars from your pocket, it’s a good idea to do a bit of checking on the company through the BBB and other references. We did, and found some interesting facts.
According to the BBB, Bruno Air Conditioning is not accredited and it’s rating was revoked in November 2015 by the Better Business Bureau. The BBB says “On 11/18/2015 this company’s accreditation in the BBB was revoked by the BBB’s Board of Directors due to failure to eliminate the underlying cause of complaints on file with the BBB.”
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying and tracking down three unknown males who removed several hundred dollars’ worth of aluminum siding from a Lehigh Acres home.
Surveillance video shows three unidentified men approaching a home at 355 Progress Avenue in Lehigh between 8 and 8:32 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5. The men were spotted taking roughly $600 in aluminum siding and walking it over to a black Toyota Tacoma style pickup truck. While the planks of siding were being loaded up, a second vehicle of interest, a white Kia Optima, pulled up to the scene, most likely to drive one or more of the suspects away.
Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of the suspects 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 at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.
American Legion Post 323 in Lehigh Acres raised more than $1000 for charity with help from the Save-A-Lot Food Store on Homestead Road.
The store’s manager, Darrell Hall provided fresh cut meats at a reduced price for a meat raffle. Proceeds supported the post’s Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation fund, which provides assistance to needy veterans.
Michael Mason, commander of Post 323 presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Hall in recognition of the store’s support.
Mason went on to say, “We are very proud of what we do for our veterans and community. With the help of Save-A-Lot and other community-minded businesses, we are able to help veterans and their families at times when they need a helping hand. We are veterans helping veterans.”
Since Tuesday Jul 19 at 4:01 pm The Executive Director Deje Wray Peterson of Presbyterian Homes & Housing Foundation of Florida, Inc. has been trying to get the fire board members to respond to her emails.
Deje Wray Peterson Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 4:01 PM To: Commissioner_Kruse@lehighfd.com, Commissioner_Carter@lehighfd.com, Commissioner_Becker@lehighfd.com, Commissioner_Adams@lehighfd.com, Commissioner_Smith@lehighfd.com
We were made aware that several of you wanted additional information about the communities and the residents in order to consider the reinstatement of the community exemptions. Since we never received a formal request for additional information, we compiled the statistics on the attached spreadsheet. We hope you find this helpful and that it clears up all of your questions. If you would like additional information, we will be happy to supply it prior to the meeting.
In preparation for the meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, we have several questions and don’t know the appropriate person to direct them to. Would you please forward my inquiry to the appropriate person(s)?
We anticipate over one hundred of our residents to attend the meeting. How many of them will be permitted to speak?
How long will they have to speak?
All of the residents attending will need a seat.
Many of the residents will need a Spanish translator.
Several will need space and access for their wheelchair or electric scooter.
If you have questions, please let me know in a timely manner so I may respond in kind.
Deje Wray Peterson
Presbyterian Homes & Housing Foundation of Florida, Inc.