The Lee County School District has announced the passing of school board chairman Thomas Scott at the age of 66.
The school district says he died Friday, September 26. He is survived by his wife, Kendra, and his sons, Joel and Brian.
“Mr. Scott will be remembered for many positive contributions to the School District of Lee County, but especially his service to our children and his passion for public education. On behalf of my fellow board members and our district personnel, our thoughts are with his family at this time,” said Vice Chairman Cathleen O’Daniel Morgan (District 3).
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The Lehigh Acres Fire District is trying to put out a political blaze but has started a heated political firestorm last fire board meeting on Sept 30.
Up for a vote in November 4th, the voters in Lehigh are considering a change in the way the fire district gets its funding.
Instead of collecting money from property tax, the fire district is proposing residents pay an assessment fee.
But a number of Lehigh Acres voters have expressed concern wondering if churches as well as not -for -profit organizations will keep their exemption status.
The fire district passed an “open-end” resolution but does not put those fears at ease, and has started a political fire storm.
A coalition of voters presented a resolution to the fire board in which the board refused to talk about last night, which would have locked all exemptions in stone and would have but it back in the voter’s hands at a later time. But now the fire board now has the ability to add or subtract exemptions at will.
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.