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Lehigh Acres district hosts second part of Civic Series

August 1, 2018
By MELISSA BILL (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District hosted part two of its Civic Series last Wednesday. The event was sponsored by Mirror Lakes Golf Club and Healthy Harvest Community Farms and held at the Lehigh Acres MSID offices at 601 East County Lane in Lehigh Acres.

The day began with an introduction by the event's chair David Deetscreek, chairman of the Board for the Lehigh Acres MSID.

According to Deetscreek, this is just the beginning of the Civic Day series and marks an important step in uniting the local agencies and organizations that reside in the community.

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The day began with an introduction by the event’s chair David Deetscreek, Chairman of the Board for the Lehigh Acres MSID.

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In all, more than 20 agencies and organizations spoke throughout the day and shared both their history and how they contribute to the betterment of Lehigh. Those in attendance included the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, Lee County Mosquito Control District, Lehigh Acres Community Services, Lehigh Acres Senior Center and Lehigh Regional Medical Center.

Lehigh Acres Community Council's President Rick Anglickis presented on behalf of Lee County Metropolitan Planning. The MPO is responsible for transportation planning in the cities such as Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Sanibel and unincorporated Lee County.

According to Anglickis, the MPO is made up of different committees that work together to discuss and give advice on issues that deal with transportation.

"The Citizen Advisory Committee is just one of the groups that comprises the MPO. It's made up of 26 citizens who come from various cities" said Anglickis.

Anglickis, who is also the chairman of the Citizen Advisory Committee, pointed out the importance of each committee and how they play a role in all major decisions that affect the community.

"Essentially the MPO, acting through these committees is responsible for every roadway, street, sidewalk and bike path," said Anglickis.

Anglickis also represented the Lehigh Acres Community Council and spoke about the council's creation and purpose.

"The council was created as a voice to aid, promote and protect the citizens of Lehigh. The board is made up of appointed community members, appointed institutional members and representatives from various agencies, organizations and utilities," explained Anglickis.

Anglickis announced that the community council will also host a meet the candidate's forum on Aug. 11 inside Veterans Park Recreation Center in Lehigh Acres.

Other speakers included Joe Pearson, the CEO at Healthy Harvest Community Farms. The farm currently provides food to agencies including Lehigh Acres Community Services and other local foodbanks. The community farm currently has plans to expand in the coming year.

"Over the past year, we have morphed into more than we could have ever dreamed of," said Pearson.

Currently Health Harvest give about 2,000 pounds of food a month to food banks.

According to Chair David Deetscreek, who is also involved in the growth and expansion efforts of the community farm, their success is mainly due to the various organizations working together.

"We now have 2 acres and are continuing to grow quickly," said Deetscreek.

On Aug. 4, Healthy Harvest will host the second part of its Summer of Fit Festival Series at the farm at 670 Milwaukee Blvd, Lehigh Acres.

The theme will be Grease Lighting and the day kicks off at 8 a.m. with a 5k run. Those who would like to participate in the run need to check-in at 7 a.m.

Other activities include: live music, dancing, freshly made food; fitness and cooking classes, giant slip-n-slide, games and much more. Pets are also welcome.

The Civic Series ended with speakers from the following organizations: Jaycee's, Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres, Florida Governmental Utility Authority, General Women's Club and Lee County Electric Cooperative.

Event Chair David Deetscreek closed the event by announcing that there will be a part three to the series, which would be an educational day that's open to the public.

"We will be pioneers together in educating the public of all the good things Lehigh has to offer," said Deetscreek.

 
 

 

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