To the editor:
On behalf of One Voice, and the many residents of Lehigh Acres, we are asking your readers to join our efforts to get the Lee County government or Conservation 20/20 to purchase a lake and surrounding woods in our community.
Lehigh Springs is currently privately owned and is located off Joel Blvd. near the Lehigh Resort Club in Lehigh.
Thought once to be just a deep lake, formally known as Still Lake, it is actually a sink hole and natural spring dating back 14,000 years. This is a distinctive occurrence in South Florida.
This is a unique feature in Lee County and would provide tremendous economic benefits from tourism to our area.
The spring possibly contains important clues to life in Southwest Florida during the last ice age, and has major archeological, and paleontological interest. This parcel of property is valuable for scientific research locally and state wide.
It is nearly 420 feet across and 208 feet deep, and spreads over 20 acres of preserve filled with historic oak hammocks.
The Spring is directly connected to the drinking water supply utilized by Lehigh Acres, and therefore needs to be preserved.
It has not previously been afforded the protection it deserves.
We feel that the lake should be purchased and protected by Lee County
because we feel strongly that this archaeological site and park area will be a legacy in Lehigh Acres.
Let your county commissioners know how you feel about this important project.
We appreciate you support and hope to see you at the next county council meeting at the Old Lee County Courthouse at 2120 Main Street in Fort Myers.
The next meeting is on March 3 at 9:30 a.m. Come and let them know how important this is to Lehigh Acres.