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Panel forming to consider incorporation

September 25, 2013
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The subject of incorporation for Lehigh Acres has come up again and a committee is being formed to discuss how to go about getting the word out to the people of Lehigh what incorporation would mean to the community.

Rick Anglickis, a local businessman, is the person to contact now for those who are interested in discussions of incorporation and how to make it happen with the support of Lehigh residents.

At last week's Lehigh Acres Community Council meeting, Anglickis was asked by acting chairman Tami Baker if he had any information concerning the formation of the committee to look into the possibility of incorporating Lehigh.

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Rick Anglickis is now the contact person for information on incorporating Lehigh Acres.

He said a group was being formed and a meeting was yet to be scheduled. He said "people who fly under the radar" should be encouraged to notify him or the council if they want to become a part of the committee.

"We need people without a controversial past to join us," Anglickis said.

"I think the topic of incorporation should be an intellectual one and not an emotional issue. We need to have our first town hall meeting," he said.

At least one member of the council said he thought it was time that the committee to "get moving on it."

The topic of incorporation can be a sensitive one inasmuch as several people tried to bring about incorporation nearly a decade ago and through claims of misinformation about the topic, voters in Lehigh turned down any request to put the incorporation issue on the ballot.

Anglickis said they were looking for people who were leader types who wanted to have input in coming up with ways to get the incorporation movement alive again.

In recent surveys by The Lehigh Acres Citizen though its question on its website, results have been mainly in the affirmative for incorporation of Lehigh. The surveys are not scientific but only an opportunity for people to make their feelings known.

Incorporation of Lehigh would bring self government to Lehigh without having to depend on Lee County government, proponents claim.

Estero residents are in the midst of incorporation for much of the same reasons of self government and reports are that there is little to no opposition to the incorporation effort there.

Lehigh Acres now has a population of more than 90,000 people, much larger than Estero, and is the largest residential community in Florida that is not incorporated. It has an area of more than 100 square miles with enough room for a final build-out one day of a half million people.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the movement to promote incorporation, contact Anglickis at his offices at 45 Alabama Rd. or get in touch with the Community Council president, Jim Kreger who is the musical director at the Faith Lutheran Church on Leeland Heights Blvd.

You could also show up at the next meeting of the Lehigh Acres Community Council on Oct.21 at 6:30 p.m. in the conference room at the rear of the Lee County Sheriff's Office substation. The council, always open to the public, meets on the third Monday evening of each month at the sheriff's substation conference room.



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