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Let's Do Lunch features Fire Chief DiLallo

October 24, 2018
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Join the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce to learn more about the Lehigh Acres Fire Control & Rescue District later this month.

Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce Chairman Ed Moore said they hold Let's Do Lunch on the last Tuesday of every month, with the exception of Decem-ber, generally at a different location.

This month, the lunch will be held at McAlister's Deli, 3409 Forum Blvd, in Fort Myers, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30. The featured speaker is Lehigh Acres Fire Control & Rescue Fire Chief Robert DiLallo.

"He is speaking to let everyone know the state of affairs," Moore said. "There were some stations that got a lot of damage from Hurricane Irma. They are in need of repair. One, or two stations are closed. He will be addressing all of that. As Lehigh is growing, the need for more fire and rescue is there."

According to Moore there are 91,000 lots that remain empty in Lehigh Acres.

"As dry season approaches, come March and April as the heat kicks in and dries out again, that is when we have a lot of brush fires. In April and May lightening starts to trigger and it really creates a problem," he said.

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There will also be discussion about the several commissioners that are running.

"I did not realize how fragmented these places were, especially Lehigh behind North Fort Myers. It is really split up and sectioned off. There are different commissioners that run the different districts," he said.

Moore said he was also surprised to learn that many of the firefighters actually live on the east coast in such areas as Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

"They drive over here and spend their four days on and three days off," he said. "The challenge is that the people that get certified in this area tend to work here for a short amount of time and go elsewhere. We need to keep those people here. He is going to explain a lot of that."

The monthly lunches tend to follow the trend of what is currently topical in the community. Moore said the last few months they have been political because he wants everyone to be as educated as they can before they go to the polls.

"The lunches have grown. When I first stepped in in January, the lunches were small. We started doing lunch and learns. We do try to educate business owners and it seems to be working. Our lunches are at least double to what they were when we first started," he said.

The luncheon is open to the community at large. The cost is $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers.

"We would love for future members to come at any time to see what the chamber is all about. We are not there just to network. We are there to do that absolutely, that is a big part of the chamber's responsibility, to introduce this business person to that person. We really have gone above and beyond to make sure people are getting the education they need," Moore said. "I am all about education. It is just such a necessity in business."

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register at, or by calling 239-369-3322. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The chamber is also holding Boo-ling Friday, Oct. 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is $15 per person, which includes a ball and shoes. Guests are $5 a person.

Moore said they hold the bowling nights once a quarter.

"You can come as one person, or as a team. A team consists of five people," he said.

Moore said it's a good time to get to know one another and have fun with business people you may only see once a quarter.

"People will always get a lead out of that for other businesses," he said.



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