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Council to host election forum

June 27, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Community Council announced plans to hold an election forum prior to the upcoming elections. Council members voted unanimously in favor of moving forward with the forum and to select a location and a confirmed date in early August.

According to council member Tyler Woodby, the forum would provide a place for candidates to come and meet and greet with voters before the Primary and General elections.

"We could also offer candidates tables to use, where they would have a chance to hand out campaign information and speak with residents individually," added Woodby.

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Gwyn Gittens is running for District 5 school board seat.


Council President Rick Anglickis suggested Lehigh Acres Senior High School as a possible venue for the forum. Candidates would pay $25 to participate in the forum and would have their own table inside the school's main hall.

The council also discussed its participation in the upcoming 5K run at Jet Blue Park on Sept. 29. The run is in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and in collaboration with My Lehigh.

Other items on the agenda were the finalization of an incorporation support resolution by Anglickis and discussion on the No Mine On 82 town hall held at Veterans Park Recreation Center.

"I sat in on the meeting and the biggest concern on most people's minds is the incredible traffic jam the mine will cause with a proposed extra 1,000 dump truck trips on State Road 82 per day," said Woodby.

During the council meeting, members also heard from a candidate for Lee County School Board's District 5 Seat. Gwyne Gittens, who has more than 13 years of experience in the education sector, will run in the 2018 elections. Her educational background and experience includes: BS Psychology/M.Ed. Leadership; K-12 and adult education; District Advisory Board and awarded Teacher of Distinction.

According to Gittens, the citizens of Lehigh Acres are under informed and represented when it comes to important school board decisions that affect the students in the area.

"My main reason for wanting to join is to become a liaison between the school board and Lehigh residents," said Gittens.

Gittens plans to spend a lot of time in the community, speaking to residents about current school board issues and concerns.

The council wrapped up its session with a report from Lee County Parks and Recreation.

According to Park Supervisor Jason Eash, FEMA has finally given approval on additional funds necessary to redo areas of the park that were damaged during hurricane Irma.

"We just finished doing all of the baseball fields and are now getting ready for POP Warner to start back up," said Eash. Summer camps and classes are also currently being held inside the Veteran's Park Recreation Center."

Lehigh Acres Community Council meets on the third Monday of each month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lee County Sheriff's Office East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N.

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