"Remember this date: June 29."
That's the word and reminder today from Edd Weiner, chairman of the Lehigh Acres Community Planning Corp., to thousands of Lehigh Acres residents about a meeting about the Land Use Plan for Lehigh Acres including plans already approved by the Lee County Commission.
"If you can, bring a friend, do it. Let's get people to this very important meeting," he said.
The meeting had been scheduled for May but was changed. Weiner wants to make sure that those who saw an earlier date realize that the new meeting is on Saturday, June 29.
Officials from Lee County's planning department, including Kathy Ebaugh and Tony Palermo, will be on hand to show the latest developments, much of which is final, to residents.
The group has been meeting on Saturdays for several months and several residents turn out.
"But this time, we need all the people we can get there to come and understand what is being planned for Lehigh Acres," Weiner said.
Planning for Lehigh and a new Land Use Plan, began several years ago, with the planning department working with the Lehigh Acres Community Planning Corp. which meets on the second Wednesday night of each month at 6:30 in the Sheriff's conference room with an entrance at the rear of the building on Homestead Rd. It is always open to the public.
The LACPC, although not officially sanctioned, is the place that county officials ask people to go to with plans for future development in the county and with zoning problems. Members of the group of more than a dozen local residents make suggestions to developers before they take their plan to the hearing examiner.
"The June 29 date at the library is very important. Be there and ask questions so you understand what is taking place. It is very exciting for Lehigh," Weiner said.
Although plans for Lehigh have been underway for several years, there are several residents who have no knowledge about future plans such as activities centers at two sites in Lehigh and how Homestead Rd. will be widened and landscaped.
"This is where you can learn the future of your community," he said.