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LA-MSID to file for state appropriations on flood mitigation projects

February 6, 2019
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District agreed last Monday to seek a pair of grants to address flooding concerns.

"We are asking the state for two grants; one is for $675,000 with a $75,000 max from the district. This grant would go towards the design of the Section 10 Project here in Lehigh Acres. The county has until March 5, 2019 to close on the property and then we would have to enter an agreement on the project," explained District Manager David Lindsay.

The other grant would go towards the district's CREST (Caloosahatchee River and Estuary Storage Treatment) project.

"We are asking legislators for $157,000, with a $17,500 max from us. This will fund the storage treatment project that sits on a 105 acres parcel of land purchased in Hendry County. Both of these projects will be listed under Lee County's Flood Mitigation plan," said Lindsay.

Under the district's action agenda were the approval of Tetra Tech's contract and an agreement with Casto Southwest Realty Services.

The board agreed to award Tetra with the engineering contract for its wetland conservation, MWS II.

"We are hiring Tera to monitor the wetlands of the Blackstone Preserve. Their job is to make sure that the conservation easement is operating properly and that only indigenous fauna is flourishing in the area," said Lindsay.

The second action item, a Supplemental Developer Agreement with Casto Southeast Realty Services, was also approved. Castro recently submitted a proposed site redevelopment plan for a shopping center behind the Rib City at 1480 Lee Blvd in Lehigh Acres. The proposed plan consists of a newly developed restaurant, retail and commercial space in the center.

District Commissioner Ken Thompson ended the meeting with a FGUA (Florida Governmental Utility Authority) study to look into the possibility of the district assuming the organization's role in the future.

"We are in the very early stages and just looking into purchasing FGUA. It's a long way off, but if we did move forward, Lee County would have to sign an agreement and then it would have to go on a referendum before the voters to decide," said Lindsay.

The district board of commissioners also re-confirmed its election of officers and the staff presented its 2017-2018 goal attainment report to the members of the board.

The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District will hold its next meeting on Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the LA-MSID, at 601 East County Lane.

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