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Boundaries discussed at incorporation meeting

February 21, 2018
By MELISSA?BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Incorporate Lehigh Inc. held its second town hall meeting at the Lee County Sheriff's Office sub-station on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The main topic of the evening was a discussion surrounding the role that Lehigh Acre's boundaries will have if incorporation occurs.

Damon Shelor, chairman of the boundaries committee, went over the current boundaries of Lehigh Acres' Special Districts, which includes the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District and Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District.

Shelor also spoke about Lee County's community development plan for Lehigh Acres.

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Damon Shelor, chairman of the boundaries committee.


"Awhile back the county spent quite a bit of money to develop a map that laid out Lehigh Acres planning boundaries. There are very few unplatted properties, which are designated for stores and businesses to provide services to Lehigh," said Shelor.

According to Shelor, the same boundaries help contain Lehigh's voting precincts.

"Boundaries define the tax base, which determines if incorporation is feasibly possible," said Shelor.

According to Shelor one of the main benefits of Lehigh becoming a city is to have a governmental voice.

"Right now, other parts of the county decide who represents us and is in charge of our future," said Shelor.

Incorporate Lehigh already retained BJM Consulting to conduct a new feasibility study of the area. BJM is the same company that performed a study to explore Lehigh Acre's viability to becoming a city back in 2007.

The study would look at the fiscal, demographic and economic health of Lehigh and whether or not it could become a viable and sustainable city.

According to Lehigh Community Council President, Rick Anglickis, the State of Florida requires that you project the income and expenses the city will incur during the first five years.

"Within a year we will have the necessary reports from all the committees to help determine what the city would look like," Anglickis said. "We are looking at a 'government lite' structure. We are not looking to duplicate services we already have."

The group is hoping to put it before the legislators for approval and get the issue on a ballot before the voters by 2020.

Incorporate Lehigh is still looking for people to volunteer on the various committee's including Boundaries, Special Taxing District and the Community Outreach committee.

"We are encouraging people on both sides of the issue to be part of this process. It's important to have an open mind and hear from people on their views of the pros and cons," said Mohamed Yasin, chairman for the Special Taxing District.

For more information or to volunteer for one of the committees, visit Incorporate Lehigh's website at or their Facebook at Incorporate Lehigh for current group updates.



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