Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying one or more suspects who have broken into multiple vehicles in Lehigh Acres over the last several weeks.
The two most recent incidents early this morning, when an unknown male suspect, wearing a backpack and glasses, broke into two cars on 19th Street SW and removed several items. Detectives believe the same suspect or suspects are responsible for a string of similar vehicle break-ins over the last few weeks in the area of Gunnery Road and Sunshine Boulevard, along the 23rd Avenue corridor.
Florida Prepaid, The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Encourage Families to Give the Gift of College Savings
· Anyone who purchases a Prepaid Plan using promo code LEE1718 will save $25 off the application fee
· Monthly Prepaid Plan prices for newborns range from $47 to $187 per month, providing a variety of affordable options for families.
· Anyone can contribute to any Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan using a gift certificate available on the Florida Prepaid website.
A toy might last a few months, but the gift of college lasts a lifetime.
As families enter the season of giving, Florida Prepaid College Plans and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools encourage Floridians to explore the many ways to give the gift of college savings to a loved one.
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Lee County Sheriff Deputies say they received a call late Monday night about a car in a canal. The charred car was found in a Lehigh Acres canal along Blackstone Drive near Yellow Bird Drive.
The driver of the car was not on scene when the vehicle was found.
That car was badly burned but deputies say it was a Nissan 350 Z. The LCSO is unsure color because of the damage from the fire.
Lehigh Acres Gazette crew on scene saw Lehigh Acres Fire Rescue Investigators collecting evidence as the car was being pulled from the canal.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the car was reported stolen.
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Lehigh Raiders (SE) vs. Oswego Bears (MA).Pop Warner Week Games 2017 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Orlando, Florida December 04 2017. Lehigh Raiders wins over Oswego Bears 26-6
Click here to see some photos of the game.
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We would like to thank Evan Kerr, our HERO, for doing the right thing and reporting our climbing structure as “found” to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. We would like to thank Lee County Sheriff’s Office for assisting us in the recovery of our toys for the preschool children. The students were so excited to have their toys and climber return!
Thank you to the organizations who reached out their support: Temple Judea Preschool of South Fort Myers, John Melton, Integral Building Corporation of Naples, Lehigh Acres residents, Learning Village families past and present and Faith Lutheran Congregational Members.
Thank you from all of us at The Learning Village Preschool and the little hearts of our students!
Director Lisa Peters said on Facebook, It is with a sad, angry and confused heart to report that someone has stolen from The Learning Village of Faith Lutheran Church this weekend.
They have stolen their hula hoops, their waffle blocks, their basketball hoop and their climbing structure off the playground.
According to a post on Facebook, “We can only pray that those who took from our beautiful children really were in desperate need of those items.”
As for us here, we have to try to soothe children just learning about sharing with others and learning how to take turns. We have to explain that is not “ok” to take from others even though some adults thought it was ok to take from them.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Lee County Schools
In preparation for the School District of Lee County’s Student Assignment enrollment period, the District’s middle and high schools will host open houses to provide parents and students an opportunity to explore their campuses.
The application period for Student Assignment runs from January 22 through March 23, 2018. Parents and students are encouraged to visit schools in their zones before ranking their school choices on their applications.
For a list of open house dates and times, please click here: www.leeschools.net/open-houses.
Special to The Lehigh Acres Gazette Written by Lehigh Acres Fire Dept
This past October Lehigh Acres Fire Fighter Sarah Goldstein with the help of many in the department raised money by selling Breast Cancer Awareness shirts and today she presented the proceeds to The Pink Heals Inc.
Pink Heals is a program that partners with Public Safety, local businesses and families to bring a community together. It is a program that provides home visits to show individuals that they are loved, cherished and important to others. Pink Heals brings back the human element by celebrating people, not causes.
Pink Heals National Tour operates by the sale of merchandise, gifts, local sponsorship and in kind, donations to maintain their vehicles buy gas and travel across the country to visit individuals and share the program. Tour drivers volunteer up to 21 days at a time to drive pink fire trucks and police cars across America and deliver the Pink Heals Program to communities.
Our local chapters use pink fire trucks and police cars as a visual reminder that people matter. Chapters partner with local businesses for home visits in order to provide visit recipients with donated goods, gift cards and services and to give the employees of those businesses the opportunity to bring joy, love and hope to people in need. Great Job Sarah!
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Lee County
The barrels and barriers are out and detours are starting to pop up as the first intensive construction activity in the widening of State Road 82 begins to occupy increasingly large sections of the landscape.
In addition to work on the roadway, drainage improvements are being made. In a deal between Florida Department of Transportation and the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District, work is being done on the east side of the road that could help alleviate flooding problems.
During the rainstorms of last August, and then again in the Hurricane Irma deluge, areas of roadway flooding on Lehigh’s makeshift streets cut off much of the access to roads between Leonard Avenue and SR 82.
Contractors have been clearing a path big enough to add lanes of traffic on the west side of the road.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Source Lee County
With the population growing, but the use of public transportation showing signs of decline, Lee County is rethinking its public transportation system.
County commissioners were briefed recently on a series of options for the evolution of LeeTran over the next 25-30 years into a basic grid integrated with layers of local service.
Options would range from express coaches to and from the far reaches of the county to on-demand service transit vans.
A key element of the plan is connecting community-oriented routes to a grid that would collect local traffic headed to some of the busier destinations in the county.
Concepts modeled after public transportation services in Tampa and Houston were presented to commissioners.
Pilot programs are being proposed for Fort Myers Beach, North Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres. Each would use a wide community footprint that would feed established traditional routes.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette By Bob Garver
2015’s “Room” never reached a wide enough audience to justify a review from me, but if it had, I would have absolutely gushed over the performance of then-7-year-old actor Jacob Tremblay. It was the kind of breakout performance that instantly guarantees an actor a lifetime of work in Hollywood. Brie Larson, who played Tremblay’s mother in the film, won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and I’d argue that he acted circles around her. Not only should he have been nominated for an Oscar, but it should have been for Best Actor and not Best Supporting Actor, for which he was unfairly pushed even though he was definitely the main character and Larson spent a significant amount of time offscreen. “Wonder” is Tremblay’s first big mainstream follow-up movie, and I’m pleased to say it’s worthy of his talents.
Tremblay stars (he’s relegated to third billing, but to me he’s the star) as Auggie Pullman, a boy with a litany of health problems, including facial disfigurement. He’s so different-looking that he usually wears a mask when he goes out in public, his favorite being an astronaut helmet. His mother (Julia Roberts) and father (Owen Wilson) decide that this is the year for Auggie to finally go to school with other children. He’s going to have to learn to navigate the social waters of fifth grade, which is hard enough without a genetic disorder that greatly affects his appearance.
Auggie initially faces ostracism and bullying. The film sadly includes some clichéd examples of both, like nobody sitting with Auggie in the lunchroom and him being singled out for peltings in dodgeball. In my experience, lunchrooms are too crowded for anyone to be able to sit by themselves, and gym teachers monitor activities way too closely for kids to gang up on “weak” players. The film does however get it right that kids will turn on their friends in a second if it makes them look cool in front of the popular kids. It’s also right about the way kids initially handle people that they don’t understand, but I think it’s off about how long it takes them to accept those people. I can see the other kids being uneasy around Auggie on Day 1, but realistically I see them warming up to him on Day 2, not a month later as seen here. Auggie is of course daunted at first and hurt throughout the film, but he has such a big heart and quick wit that eventually he wins everybody over and becomes one of the most popular kids in school.
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette Written by Samantha Snow
It saddens me to know that NBC, Wink news, Fox 4 and the News press focuses on negativity and heartbreaking stories. That multiple people including myself have reached out to them trying to show a positive story for once with no response in return.
The Lehigh Raiders JV team have played all season long and is undefeated. They played in the Peace River Conference against Immokalee and won that Championship advancing them to the Southeast Regions Playoffs which they also won.
Then they advanced to the Southeast Regions Championship taking that title too (they won). Now the team is playing at the Disney ESPN WORLDWIDE OF SPORT in the National Championship representing Florida, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
This is history in the making for the 1st time since the league was established in 1984 a team made it pass Peace River Conference. These boys are between the ages of 12 and 14 and worked hard this season overcoming many obstacles which one was hurricane Irma… these boys are left from their field Williams Park in Lehigh at 5:30 am on Sunday, Dec 3rd to go play their National games from Dec 3 Sunday thru Dec 9.
Please pray for these boys to have a safe trip, good luck and to enjoy the experience, a once in a lifetime experience.
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Lehigh Acres Water System
** UPDATE: The Precautionary Boil Water Notice issued (Thursday, November 30th, 2017) to approximately 400 Lehigh Acres Utility System customers along Curtis Avenue N., to Westage Boulevard and all services from North Gunnery Road, South Gunnery Road, and West of Gunnery Road, North and South of Lee Boulevard and Leonard Boulevard with areas surrounding these streets that may have experienced low pressure is no longer in effect. All biological testing samples were negative and therefore you may resume water usage as normal. The samples were analyzed by a Florida Department of Health-certified laboratory that confirmed the drinking water is safe to drink.
The FGUA would like to apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced during this time and thank you for your patience during the Precautionary Boil Water Notice period. We appreciate your assistance in notifying your neighbors that the Precautionary Boil Water Advisory is no longer in effect.
For additional information, FGUA customers may contact the FGUA Lehigh Acres System Customer Service Office at (239) 368-1615 or visit the FGUA web site at www.fgua.com.
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Eight arrested students. Two injured staff members. And an over 300-spectator brawl that left the school on lockdown an hour before dismissal.
Wednesday “was not a great day” for East Lee County High School, just as a post on the Lehigh Acres school’s Facebook site explains. And that is becoming clearer as details of what happened at the school have been released by the Lee County School system and sheriff’s office.
The most public of the incidents occurred during a class change shortly after noon, when two male students got into a fight in the main downstairs hallway.
“Approximately 300 students crowded the area to watch and prevented adults from breaking up the involved parties,” a report from the sheriff’s office states.
According to the school system, the fight lasted less than a minute and started when one student pushed another. Both were arrested.
Staff was trying to send the kids back to class as “several students were being punched and shoved,” the sheriff’s office report continued.
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A meeting to outline updates to community planning goals in the Lee Plan is set for 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in Room 118 in the Administration East Building, at 2201 Second St., Fort Myers.
Lee County staff will provide an overview of the proposed amendments, including reorganizing the community plan goals into a consolidated portion of the Lee Plan, updating cross-references and out-of-date provisions, combining similar provisions to reduce redundancies, and providing consistency throughout the community plans.
A community plan is a goal in the Lee Plan specific to a defined area of the county where long-term objectives of the community and policies to meet the objectives are identified. There are 17 distinct community planning areas identified in the Lee Plan. The areas are Alva, Bayshore, Boca Grande, Buckingham, Caloosahatchee Shores, Captiva, Lehigh Acres, Northeast Lee County, North Fort Myers, North Olga, Olga, Page Park, Pine Island, San Carlos Island, Southeast Lee County, Palm Beach Boulevard, and Upper Captiva. You read the new plan click here.
The meeting begins the community plan update process. Proposed amendments will be available for review at the meeting or in the Second Floor lobby of the Lee County Public Works Building, at 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers. They are also available at www.leegov.com/dcd/CommunityPlanning.
Beginning in 2018, staff will hold community workshops in the various planning areas to allow residents to discuss their vision for their community. The proposed amendments will then go through a formal public hearing process with the Local Planning Agency and the Lee County Commission.
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Florida Statue 509.241 Licenses required; exceptions.—
(1) LICENSES; ANNUAL RENEWALS.—Each public lodging establishment and public food service establishment shall obtain a license from the division. Such license may not be transferred from one place or individual to another. It shall be a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083, for such an establishment, to operate without a license.
All the Following Restaurant Licenses in Lehigh Acres Expire As Of Midnight on 12/1/2017
LOZANOS MEXICAN RESTAURANT 3020 LEE BLVD #1-3 LEHIGH ACRES, FL 33971
EL TARASCO MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1320 BUSINESS WAY LEHIGH ACRES, FL 33936
COUNTRY ROADS CAFÉ 1344 HOMESTEAD RD N LEHIGH ACRES, FL 33936
FIRST WOK 1304 HOMESTEAD RD N LEHIGH ACRES, FL 33936
WENDY’S OLD FASH HAMBURGERS 2501 LEE BLVD LEHIGH ACRES, FL 33971
CANTON HOUSE CHINESE REST 1231 HOMESTEAD RD #33 LEHIGH ACRES, FL 33936
YUMMY CHINESE RESTAURANT 4316 LEE BLVD # 7 LEHIGH ACRES, FL 33971