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Lehigh residents receive more than $1.6 million in tax refunds

news@breezenewspapers.com More than $1.6 million was returned to Lehigh residents through the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. “The VITA program is not just a one-time transactional activity. The initiative aims to connect ...

Lehigh Municipal District takes next step towards lighting powers

news@breezenewspapers.com The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services District will move forward with its efforts to acquire street light powers currently under the Lehigh Acres Street Lighting Unit. “The Municipal District commissioners motioned in favor of sending a letter of request for the ...

Help sought in solving murder of Lehigh teen

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help tracking down information on the person or persons responsible for the murder of a Lehigh Acres teenager. Detectives responded to a home on 56th Street W. just before 1 a.m. on Aug. 14 in response to a male who had been shot. CJ ...

Residents encouraged to protect themselves from West Nile virus

By MEGHAN BRADBURY news@breezenewspapers.com With an increased transmission of the West Nile virus to humans reported, residents are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquitoes. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County advised residents earlier this month of an increase in ...

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 ...