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LA-MSID agrees to hold ‘Lehigh Civic Day’

May 2, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lehigh organizations and businesses will have a unique opportunity to share information with residents this summer.

Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District has agreed to host Lehigh Civic Day on June 20. The event will be held within the district's boardroom and run throughout the day. The event start time is still unconfirmed, but will be released later this month.

Commissioner Chair, David Deetscreek will spearhead the event, which will provide a forum for organizations and businesses to speak about who they are and what they do.

"It's the perfect time to create awareness to the hard work and dedication shown by our local businesses, groups and agencies," said Deetscreek.

District commissioners unanimously approved to host Lehigh Civic Day during their regular monthly meeting. The open business forum is also meant to play a role in hurricane season coordination efforts.

"This is a LA-MSID sponsored event. The idea is to get these groups together to discuss what makes them tick and how we can work together to create a better infrastructure here in Lehigh," said District Manager, David Lindsay.

Deetscreek has already began to invite various businesses and organizations in the area, but other businesses that would like to be involved can call Resource and Relations Director, Carla Brantley at 239-368-0044 for more information.

Other items on the agenda included the ratification and approval of the adoption of resolution 2018-06, which was approved at the emergency meeting on March 23.

"The resolution was to authorize the tax deed purchase on a property in Hendry County that came up for auction. We bid and won on the purchase of a 70-acre parcel for $99,000, which was a great price for the land," said Lindsay.

According to Lindsay, the district has actively been searching for location options for this section of the county for more than 10 years.

"This purchase will allow the district to build a canal to connect the Dog Canal (Bedman Creek Basin) with the Hendry Canal (Carlos Waterway Basin)," Lindsay said.

The connection would allow the district to alleviate flow going down the Bedman Creek outfall to a manmade channel that connects directly to the Caloosahatchee River.

Under the district's good cause was the creation of committee to review pre-qualified engineers.

"We are reviewing engineering firms so we can prequalify them now, so they are ready to work. Under the Sunshine Law, a committee must be created to conduct the interview process. The same thing applies with our auditing," Lindsay said.

The district also approved a contract for AIM Engineering to finish designing and inspect the West March Preserve project's phase two construction.

"We had to move things along faster since the State Road 82 widening project has stepped up its completion date by 1-2 years," said Lindsay.

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District will hold its next meeting on May 21 at 6 p.m. at the LA-MSID, at 601 East County Lane. For information, visit the their website at



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