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Council cautions approval of the district’s signage power resolution

September 5, 2018
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Community Council's monthly meeting held on Aug. 20 focused on an agenda item that pertained to the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services and Improvement District's upcoming public vote on their right to take over signage powers. Council President Rick Anglickis reported that the board met with LA-MSID Chair David Deetscreek and District Manager, David Lindsay in regards to the wording in the agreement with the county.

"The resolution was supposed to only allow for five monumental welcome signs to be placed on Lee Boulevard also on Homestead Road. David Deetscreek said he would provide the council with the agreement signed by the county commissioners confirming this agreement," said Anglickis.

Anglickis went on to report that the agreement had been received and did not limit the signage powers as reported during the executive board meeting.

The resolution, which will be on the November ballot, brought out a discussion on how the residents of the community might be confused by the language used.

"We met with in an executive session with the chairman of LA-MSID. They did not word the things on the ballot as explained during meetings. The council took the position to not let them do all the signs. There are many concerns such as where is all the money going to come from to pay for it," said Council Vice President Mohammed Yasin.

A motion was set forth by the majority of the members to stand against the resolution. The motion passed unanimously. The motion was aimed towards the council taking action to inform the residents of Lehigh Acres behind the true meaning and impact of the resolution.

"I encourage people to vote against it. Eventually we will be taxed. Currently the county is paying this fee. We are not a city yet," said Yasin.

The monthly meeting opened with a public hearing for the proposed construction and development order to construct a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses Worship Center on Lee Blvd.

TDM Consulting and JW Congregation supporters presented the council with a complete and detailed plan on the site's construction and landscape designs. While there were a few questions in regards to traffic, buffering, need, and location, the project was eventually approved.

"There were a few questions in regards to the use of the space, but in the end council members approved the motion on the project," explained Yasin.

The council recommended the approval of the development order for the construction of a 3793 square foot Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses Worship Center to be located at 4716 Lee Boulevard in Lehigh Acres. This space is currently zoned within a 22,000 square foot parcel of land for commercial/retail use.

According Anglickis and other council members, the recommendation for approval was based on the presentation made at the meeting and that the project aligns with all county codes including zoning, construction, landscaping and setbacks.

"In the end we decided to approve the project. They met all the requirements currently held by the county," said Yasin

Lee County District 5 Commissioner Frank Mann was in attendance to swear in two new members. Gwyn Gittens and Robert Antiewica are now seated on to the council's board.

The council will hold its next meeting on Sept. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lee County Sheriff's Office East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N. All meetings are open to the public.

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