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Council moves forward on anti-signage campaign

October 24, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

During its regular scheduled monthly meeting held Oct. 15, the Lehigh Acres Community Council announced that the first ad of its "just say no to" campaign against the Lehigh Acres Municipal District's signage power referendum will appear in newspapers this week.

"This is just the first of several ads we have planned. We will also have a second full-page ad coming out in the Marketer. We are encouraging people to vote no on the signage referendum," said Council President Rick Anglickis.

According to Anglickis and fellow council members, their stand has to do with the wording in the referendum, which gives the district the authority for the installation, maintenance and control of outdoor signage, monuments and decorative seasonal banners and lights.

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Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann swears in new members of the Community Council: Yepram Dervahanian, Jane Bell and Kimberly Park.

Melissa Bill

"We have asked LA-MSID for an addendum to the agreement which would limit those powers to just monuments and decorative banners and lights, but they are unwilling to go back and amend the wording with Lee County," explained Anglickis.

Recently LA-MSID shared a letter from Rep. Matt Caldwell written to the district, where he states that the "portion of the law authorizing signage powers did not envision regular street sign power, but was focused on signage relevant only to Lehigh Acres.

Many council members still feel that the wordage needs to be clearer.

"You have to narrow the scope on a referendum like this. Not just leave it vague and open for future commissioners who may have a different vision," said Council Vice President Chuck Edwards.

According to Anglickis, the council is in the process of printing 100 signs, which will be placed throughout the streets of Lehigh and launching an anti-referendum Facebook campaign.

During its monthly meeting, the council also welcomed three new members to the board. Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann attended the meeting to swear in Yepram Dervahanian, Jane Bell and Kimberly Park to seats on the council.

Vice President Mohamed Yasin gave reports on the Street Lighting and the Architectural, Zoning and Review Board activities.

"Our street lighting budget was submitted and approved. We are also finishing out the year's budget for street repair, so I encourage residents who know of areas that need road repair to contact us so we can get that scheduled prior to the end of this year's budget," said Yasin.

Under ARB activities, Yasin reported that Lehigh Acres is one of the fastest growing communities in Florida.

"The county just granted 17 new permits for the building of new homes in Lehigh," said Yasin.

Under new business, Council Member Tyler Woodbly asked the board to consider three proposed bylaw additions. Anglickis asked that the proposed bylaws be clarified and brought back during the council's next monthly meeting.

The Lehigh Acres Community Council's meetings are open to the public and held on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the LCSO East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road, N.



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