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Lehigh voters pass fire assessment referendum

By VALARIE HARRING vharring@breezenewspapers.com Lehigh voters agreed last Tuesday to change how properties within the Lehigh Acres Fire Control District are assessed, resulting in a tax decrease for the owners of improved properties, a big increase for lot owners, and an overall boost in ...

Discussion on backyard chickens continues

By MEGHAN BRADBURY news@breezenewspapers.com Citizens of Lehigh Acres may soon be able to have backyard chickens on their property. The Board of County Commissioners, and a June 2 meeting, unanimously agreed to direct staff to prepare a backyard chicken amendment to the land development ...

Municipal District hosts COVID-19 education symposium for staff

By MELISSA BILL news@breezenewspapers.com The Lehigh Acres Municipal District held a COVID-19 education symposium for its staff last Tuesday. The event was held inside the JROTC room at Lehigh Senior High School and appropriate social distancing measures were taken along with PPE gear. Guest ...

Free walkup COVID testing at Veterans Recreation Center

By MEGHAN BRADBURY news@breezenewspapers.com A free walkup COVID-19 testing site has been scheduled for Lehigh Acres on Thursday, at Veterans Recreation Center for those 4 years old and older. The testing will take place from 9 a.m. and continue to 1 p.m. weather permitting, on Aug. 27 at ...

District gears up for first day of school

By MEGHAN BRADBURY news@breezenewspapers.com The anticipation of the first day of school is brewing as teachers headed back to school this week to get ready for the new instruction year, as well as students beginning to attend Open Houses. “I'm really excited about the first day of ...

Slight uptick in Southwest Florida unemployment rates

By MEGHAN BRADBURY news@breezenewspapers.com Although there has been a slight uptick in the unemployment rate in Southwest Florida, there have been gains in three industries. The July Labor Market Trends had a 10.7 unemployment rate, compared to June’s 9.8 percent unemployment rate. The ...

Roach, Fornear set to square off in District 79

By CHUCK BALLARO news@breezenewspapers.com Spencer Roach, the incumbent in State House District 79, easily won a Republican primary challenge and now will face Democrat Danika Fornear in November. Roach won his primary against Randy Allen-Scott by an almost 3 to 1 margin, garnering 73.26 ...

Marceno earns nod in Republican sheriff’s primary

By CJ HADDAD cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com Incumbent Sheriff Carmine Marceno took the Republican nomination in the race for Lee County Sheriff, easily defeating challenger Jim Leavens Tuesday evening in the primary. Marceno earned 69.13% of the vote (57,399) while Leavens earned 30.87% ...

Ruane, Sandelli and Mann earn primary wins in Lee Commission races

By NATHAN MAYBERG nmayberg@breezenewspapers.com In the races for the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, the Republican primary for District 1 went to Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane who took 62% of the vote over Matlatcha resident Michael Dreikorn. There is no Democratic Party challenger ...

Parents advised: Prepare kids for first day of school

news@breezenewspapers.com As the first day of school approaches Monday, health professionals encourage parents to have their child up-to-date with their immunizations, practice wearing masks and proper hand washing hygiene to encourage a safe reopening of schools. On Monday, the Lee County ...