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Concerns expressed over church flea market closing

March 26, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

I must express my appreciation to one of your most dedicated valuable reporters who always has a passion in promoting the enrichment of the community of Lehigh Acres.

Editor Mel Toadvine covered all information in the Lehigh Acres Citizen for the week of March 18 pertaining to the closing of the Flea Market located at the First Community Congregational Church, Leland Heights Blvd.

It would be interesting to know the reaction of the many service oriented organizations whose daily activities also involve the welfare of this community. The economy has had an effect on everyone. The Flea Market has in many ways helped in reducing stress due to the financial hardships experienced by both the vendors and the shoppers. What the shopper saves from purchases from the vendors will result in more money being spent at the retail stores. Vice versa with the vendor.

Code Enforcement of Lee County has always been very cooperative responding to the requests of citizens to correct a complaint considered detrimental to the improvement of Lehigh Acres.

Did Code Enforcement realize the financial loss to both the church and to the hundreds of citizens?

Should they reconsider the order to close the Flea Market?

The Church uses the money received from the vendors to support the only church in Lehigh that provides a hot lunch to hundreds each week. In addition, on other days, long lines of people wait to receive free bread and food from the food pantry. All of these services are performed by volunteers.

God is our protection and our strength. He always helps in the time of trouble. Psalms 46:1. I am not an attorney nor a politician, but a troubled reader as to what has happened resulting in the closing of the Flea Market.

Bobbie Slanker

Lehigh Acres



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