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Addition planned at Knights’ building

July 18, 2012
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A 1500 foot addition to the Knights of Columbus building on Business Way got the green light to proceed when the Lehigh Acres Community Planning Council met July 11. The LACPP also elected a new member to fill a vacant seat on the board.

Bob Case of LIS Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying, presented a site plan to the panel and said the addition would be on the north side of the building and would be used for offices and meetings.

With Case was Knights of Columbus members Roy Harp, the grand knight, and Ed Smith, the secretary.

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Tonda Soisson-Lawson

The Knights of Columbus was praised for what it does in the community by both LACPP members Steve and Frank LaRosa.

Tonda Soisson-Lawson of Lehigh was elected to the board near the beginning of the meeting and joined the other nine members present.

Lawson said she cared a lot for the community and because of her membership on other organizations in Lehigh, should could provide "a lot of feed back to the panel," because she can feel "the pulse" of the community.

Lawson is a member of Lehigh Acres One Voice and as such was a co-founder. She is a member of the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce's board of directors, the Economic Development Board, a member of Lehigh Acres First, and a member of both the Lehigh Acres Rotary Club and the Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club of which she serves on the board.

Meanwhile, LACPP Chairman Edd Weiner told fellow members that the Land Development Code is in its second round of requests. He asked for requests to be made before the Land Development Code is finalized.

He provided a list of several request for changes to the Lehigh Land Development Code that have been made by citizens and others over the last several months. He told them that the process could take another 18 months to gain approval so that they include what they think is necessary to add to the code now.

Several members of the group identified illegal dumping as a major problem in Lehigh and other items for consideration include sign standards, street building numbers on existing structures, paving of driveways for existing duplexes and single-family homes, removal of existing pole signs with multiple names, increasing landscape standards to provide more shade for buildings and cars, more sidewalks for residences, requiring parking lot lighting in commercial and industrial developments to remain on between dusk and dawn and a re-introduction of a rental ordinance.

These are just some of the suggested items for consideration in the finalized Land Development Code for Lehigh Acres. Members of the public who have not attended any of the meetings regarding the proposed land development code requests for Lehigh should contact Weiner or any member of the board or attend the next meeting of the LACPP on August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lehigh Acres Sheriff's Substation on Homestead Rd. Those who attend should enter the rear of the building.

Another vacancy exists on the board. Those who are interested in filling the seat should contact Weiner or show up at the next meeting on August 8. You can send a short resume about yourself and mail it to Weiner at 20048 Lakeview Circle, Lehigh Acres, Fl 33936.



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