Lehigh Acres Community Planning Corp. President Edd Weiner says he is not sure that there are code enforcement officers in Lehigh Acres.
The statement was made in jest at a recent meeting when members of the board said houses and other buildings in Lehigh are still overgrown with grass, people are parking 'for sale' cars on public properties, vendors are selling on street corners, and big tractor trailers are being parked on streets, all against rules for the county and Lehigh Acres.
"Anybody who sees violations of the county code should call Rick Roberts. He is ahead of the Lehigh group of code enforcers. People in Lehigh should call him at 850-8120. Call him and tell him what is wrong in your neighborhoods and maybe he will get someone out there, but I am not sure how many code enforcement officers he actually has," Weiner said.
Earlier, there have been reports of from seven to eight code enforcement officers, but none worked on weekends. Then at a recent meeting, Weiner said he was told someone was going to work on Saturdays.
"But how can one code enforcement officer on Saturday possibly see all the code violations in Lehigh. It is not possible," Weiner had said.
The topic came up when LACPC member Mohamed J. Yasin told fellow members that a property near him had been overgrown with tall weeds. A call to code enforcement may have gotten someone out to cut the overgrown yard, but according to Yasin, the job was not done very well.
"It still looked horrible.
"It was as if they came in and with a weed whacker, just swung it and the weeds are still there, just not quite as tall. It was a poor job of fixing up an abandoned yard," Yasin said.
"How can we get our community to look better if we can't get the people who have been hired to enforce the rules, do a job like this," he asked.
Others on the board said they see violations of county code rules all over Lehigh.
"What can you do?" one of the members asked.
To which came the reply from Weiner:
"Call 850-8120 and report the violation and see if code enforcement does anything about it. Spread the word with the phone number," Weiner said.
"Maybe if we as residents call them enough, they'll start doing their jobs," Weiner added.