Sun Trust Bank at 1110 Homestead Rd N, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936 is the August 2014 Business of the Month. Edgar Mendoza Branch Manager – Vice President and his staff will gladly help you setup your banking needs with SunTrust.
Sun Trust now offers Everyday Checking and they will even give you $125 when you switch to Sun Trust, click here for details
Lehigh Community Services backpack day this year was held at the Microtel Hotel & Suites. LCS had lots of partners this year according Arts of the Inland – Patterson, New Life, Christ United Methodist, Cajoul, Lehigh Fire, Riverdale Dentistry, Family Health Centers, FHP, FDOT, Studio G, State Farm, Wells Fargo, MADD, LA Christian Church, LA Church of Nazarene and Kiwanis.
LCS has 325 registered but near 600 people showed up for this yearly event.
The Fire union that covers the Lehigh Acres Fire Department voted June 26, 2014 to endorse and support Commissioner Linda Carter and Commissioner Jackie Danis without connecting the others candidates. They also said per their website have endorsed the Lehigh Acres fire assessment. Click here to their endorsements.
Matt Smith who is running against Danis said he sent a letter to the leadership of Local 1826 and is hoping to have a meeting with them soon.
East County Water Control District and the South Florida Water Management District will be reaching out to Walmart shortly and advising them they could be facing penalties for improperly discharging trash into a water body (aka Lehigh Acres canal system) and for not taking care of their water control structures.
According Mike Cook Assistant District Manager of ECWCD, Walmart has failed to maintain the lot behind them which is the discharge area for their parking lot. (see photo is this article) Currently it has many years overgrowth. Cook said we cannot even found two of the water control structures do to all the overgrowth.
Also the final discharge of water goes into a canal near Walmart. This discharge pipe and canal have 100’s Walmart bags in it plus other trash.
When we reached out the store the manager he did know about the property behind them, though he did mention that the store has been there since 1993 and wants to be a good corporate neighbor.
We are still waiting for a response from Walmart corporate office.
FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR 2013 Lt. Brooke Ricciardi
EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE AWARD (through June 2014.) Admin. Ass’t. Susan Platas
35 Year Service Plague and Pin Donald Murray
25 Year Service Plaque and Pins Michael Callahan, Kent P. Cary, Kenneth Croy, Donald R. Overbee, Jr, Susan Platas, Lawrence Ronco, Edwin Schreier and Mark Spears
and 10 Year Service Pin Lance Delgado, Chad Ketron, Victor Langarica and Michael Pernal
(You can click on the below photos to enlarge)
by Robert Anderson Publisher Lehigh Acres Gazette
Though I do believe that Fire Chief John Wayne is honorable man and is the right man to lead the department. And I have know him for more than 10 years.
But the Fire Chief has put himself very precarious situation. Fight for the Lehigh Acres Community or Fight for the Fire Department.
“The Fire Fee Assessment is the only alternative we have right now.” said Chief Wayne in a email to the Lehigh Acres Gazette.
So I’m going taking he up on his offer, sitting down with him and have him convince me that fire fee assessment is the only alternative as I hope he will have a open mind to listen to cost saving measures that the department has not tried from and readers of the Lehigh Acres Gazette.
By Carl-John X Veraja of the Nightly Citizen
In the interest of protecting the public good…
Breitburn Florida LLC is maintaining a Lehigh Park Tank Battery. Pipes carrying crude oil or natural gas through canals and resident’s property without permits or without the DEP bothering to inform the public about the permits.
A natural gas flare is often heard there and it is reported in documents.
Furthermore, old pipes were being removed at the drilling site.
Here is a Google Earth image of the area. Houses are across the street.
This Lehigh Park Tank Battery is very close to homes and is at the corner of Sunset and Curry Avenue.
Since there is a lack of responsiveness from the parties involved, I will present what I can determine with some analysis.
What is starting to take the definite outlines of a DEP-ordered media blackout appears to be underway in Lehigh Acres.
On Monday July 28, 2014 at 7:21 p.m., the Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call of singe vehicle crash located near 1112 Henry Avenue in Lehigh Acres. The complainant stated that a pickup truck had rolled over and the driver had sustained more than likely fatal injuries. Due the nature of the call, the Traffic Unit responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, deputies began the crash investigation and revealed the following facts: a 2006 Ford pickup truck was traveling Northbound on Henry Avenue with two occupants. The driver, Crystal Lynn Windham Cudney, 23, of 2021 Wells Avenue, Alva, FL and front seat passenger (the driver’s boyfriend), Brad Lee Gardner, 41, of 1519 Cumberland Court, Fort Myers, FL.
Today is a very sad day in Lehigh Acres. Lehigh Acres Gazette learned that Lee County Volunteers in Medicine possibly closing its Lehigh Acres operations. In a few days from now the free medical clinic; that many people supported may have to close its doors unless it finds a new office to serve the community.
The Lee County VIM – Compassionate Care Clinic in Lehigh Ares opened nearly three year ago. Since then the clinic has scheduled more than 2200 doctor visits. Most of these visits have reduced the volume at the local emergency rooms and urgent care facilities in Lehigh Acres and Lee County.
By Carl-John X Veraja of the Nightly Citizen
Recently, I wrote a couple of stories about how a totally new type of oil rig at Sunshine Elementary was being called nothing more than “routine maintenance” and the replacement of a pump.
I find the NBC-2 reporting on this abhorrent and sent an email out to several persons noting that when a well like this was planned in Golden Gate Estates all hell broke loose. Now, they’re putting one up behind an elementary school and no one cares?
The only person who even responded was Sheldon Zoldan, of the News-Press. His response was inadequate, and I pointed out why. I gave Shelton Zoldan a 10 days to respond to this and he has not.
This is not the first time I’ve noticed the local news shirking certain facts. The mainstream media seems to think they own reality to the extent they can disregard a GIANT FRACKING RIG behind an elementary school.
The DEP has also failed to address my concerns. They only repeated that it was routine maintenance and replacing a pump. Then, I was given some outdated documents.
A writer with WGCU actually said that the “Koch brothers don’t contribute that much” to them.
Oh, geez. The “free press.”
Below is their email and my response–