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The Lehigh Acres Citizen is more than two decades old and serves the growing, vibrant community of Lehigh.

The first issue of The Cirizen was published on Sept. 6, 1996 after Breeze Newspapers agreed with community leaders that readers in Lehigh Acres deserved a publication that would keep them up-to-date on news of the community.

When the first papers hit the streets of Lehigh, it was accepted with anticipation and excitement. In addition to delivery to Lehigh homes, the paper also was available in racks throughout the community. The first headline in the new Lehigh Acres Citizen read "Albion ready to go to work." The story reported Lee County Commissioner John Albion's victory over his Republican Primary opponent Jerry Moore.

Lehigh Acres then had a population of around 25,000 and many in the community had asked for a paper filled with local news, local photos and plenty of community activity items. They believed that the community, 20 miles from Cape Coral, would grow as much as Cape Coral. And they were right. Today's Lehigh Acres — listed By WalletHub as the country's fastest-growing community in 2016 — has a population of more than 87,000.

The Lehigh Acres Citizen believes our community will continue to grow, and we plan to be a part of that growth, both in print and online at, where we are Lehigh's daily newspaper.

We invite you to read and we invite you to join the conversation on Facebook.

We are proud to be YOUR community newspaper.




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