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Help clean up Lehigh with neighbors and friends

May 2, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres' Community Neighborhood Watch along with Facebook's Clean Up Events in Lehigh Acres volunteers plan to host another community clean up event on May 12.

This cleanup will focus on the heavily traveled 23rd Street, which runs between Sunshine Blvd. and Alabama Road.

"This will be our third event so far. Hurricane Irma delayed another clean-up effort that was planned towards the end of 2017," said event organizer, Maria Elena Corradino.

Those who want to volunteer can RSVP on the group's Facebook page prior to the event. The cleanup is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and begins at the designated meetup location at the corner of Ida Ave S and 23rd St SW, close to Copperhead Golf Club.

"Volunteers need to sign in and try to come prepared with work gloves, plastic bags, sun protection and refillable water bottles if possible. We will have these things on site as well," said, Corradino.

The meetup point will also have items for volunteers such as pick up sticks and plastic bags. Following the event, the Department of Transportation will pick up the collected bags. They also provide the bags from their ADOPT A ROAD program.

Corradino along with Lehigh Acres Community Watch Director Steve McGiffin, and watch member Kristin Schultz, were the original organizers behind the clean-up Lehigh initiative.

According to Corradino, smaller sub-groups are now forming and jumping onboard to head up their own cleanup initiatives.

"It's great to see this momentum building. I hope that more people start connecting on Facebook and start their own groups to help maintain and pick up litter in their own neighborhoods," said Corradino.

"Members often share where they are cleaning up and people just show to help. Soon we plan to post a map that will identify certain areas in need," added Corradino.

Lehigh Acres is a sanctuary for a lots of wildlife and is abundant with trees, clean air and unique animals including gopher tortoises, snail kites, owls, even bobcats. Pollution and litter affects not only the people living in the area, but the wildlife, too.

Many residents are already taking on the initiative to clean up daily, weekly or whenever they can. The Clean Up Lehigh event group hopes to spread the word and get more people involved in stopping the littering problem.

"Most importantly we need to teach about litter prevention, so we not only fix the problem but stop it from happening," Corradino said.

The group has posted safety guidelines, suggestions and details to make sure everyone stays safe during each cleanup at

If you would like to RSVP to participate in the cleanup or get involved, join their Facebook group called Clean Up Events in Lehigh Acres at or call (941)876-8352. It's an active community of neighbors who are already making a difference in Lehigh.



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