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County to host post-hurricane Irma flood mitigation meeting

January 16, 2019
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Lee County will host three public meetings to present information on its post-Hurricane Irma flood-mitigation efforts.

The informational meetings regarding Phase 3 of the yearlong effort will be held on three consecutive Thursdays, from 4 to 6 p.m. at various county locations including Lehigh Acres, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers.

In Lehigh Acres, the meeting will be held Feb. 7 at Veterans Park Recreation Center, 55 Homestead Road South. County staff, LA-MSID and engineering firms will be on hand to provide information about the study and the flood mitigation process.

The county's flood mitigation efforts tie in directly with the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services and Improvement District's waterway projects, which are currently under way.

"We are applying for two state appropriations: (a) $675,000 for design for section 10; and (b) $157,500 for design of the C.R.E.S.T. (Caloosahatchee River and Estuary, Storage and Treatment.), the Dog to Hendry Connection," District Manager David Lindsay said.

The overall goal of each project is to improve the natural flow ways and waterbodies throughout this section of Southwest Florida.

According to Lindsay, the district is currently working on a few projects including Phase II of West Marsh excavation, which should begin this May or June, and be completed by Oct. 1, 2020.

The West Marsh project is part of an ongoing partnership entered into with the Florida Department of Transportation that deals with the design in the widening of State Road 82. As a result of the widening, increased stormwater management was needed. The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District and the FDOT entered into an agreement (Joint Use Stormwater Management System Agreement) for segments 3 and 4 which will extend from approximately Alabama Road to the Hendry County Line.

"We are currently working on the Hendry 2 Water Control Structure, which should be completed by May 1, 2019, and the Hendry Extension Widening Project is underway and set for completion by Oct. 1, 2019," said Lindsay. "Another project currently underway is Moving Water South construction in the Blackstone area, which should be complete by March 1, 2019."

Recently Lee County also agreed to purchase 624.9 acres along Joel Boulevard in northern Lehigh Acres for Conservation 20/20. LA-MSID is a sponsor for the GS-10 Caloosahatchee Cross Link project, which will be the site of the shared agency project among multiple agencies. The initiative will provide additional water storage and treatment within the Caloosahatchee watershed.

According to Lindsay, the Conservation 20/20, parcel 10 project is still being negotiated and awaiting final approval.

"The county signed the purchase agreement. Now the sale may be contingent on a county agreement with LA-MSID for management, or they could manage it themselves," said Lindsay.

Residents can learn more about Lee County's current projects by visiting

Additional meeting locations include:

- Jan. 24 at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, 16760 Bass Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908

- Jan. 31 at the Bonita Springs Library, 26876 Pine Ave., Bonita Springs, FL 34135

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District will hold its next meeting on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. at the LA-MSID, at 601 East County Lane. For information, visit the their website at



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