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Annual Holiday Town Reception to feature county, state officials

December 6, 2017
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres community has an opportunity to hear from its state and county elected officials.

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District will hold its fifth annual Holiday Town Reception on Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the LA-MSID headquarters.

The event is open to the public; however, reservations are preferred by Dec. 7 at or 239-368-0044.

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"It allows all the levels of government to come together in a collegiate way for the Lehigh Acres community," MSID Commissioner Michael Welch, event chair, said. "It provides residents a more centralized venue to hear from their elected officials."

The following representatives will be in attendance:

- State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, District 27

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- State Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, District 28

- State Rep. Matt Caldwell, District 79

- Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass, District 2

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If you go


Annual Holiday Town Reception


Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District, 601 East County Lane


Free and open to the public; however, RSVPs requested

According to Welch, it is not meant to be a heavy-handed agenda. It is an informal event where officials and the public can meet and where individuals have an opportunity to ask questions.

In past years, the reception has drawn from 75 to 80 attendees from the community.

Welch noted that the event will also serve as a way to show appreciation for elected officials, many who aided Lehigh and the area in the preparation for and post recovery efforts of Hurricane Irma.

"We just feel this is a nice way for everyone to end the year," he said.

One of the highlights of the reception will be an award presentation. The MSID will recognize Charlotte Rae Nicely, the executive director of Lehigh Community Services, with a special award.

"She has done some amazing work in the community and was a vital source after the hurricane," Welch said. "The district wants to present her with this award for all of her efforts."

Light refreshments will be provided.

The LA-MSID headquarters is at 601 East County Lane.



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