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Post Session Regional Luncheon to be held May 15

May 1, 2019
By MEGHAN BRADBURY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Join the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce for its annual Post Session Regional Luncheon with Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto and Sen. Kathleen Passidomo later this month.

Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce President Mike Welch said this is the 21st year the Post Session Regional Luncheon is being held.

"These annual luncheons were established 21 yeas ago when I was a young aid to Sen. Tom Rossin. He was the state senator for eastern Lee County for 10 years and represented the district from West Palm Beach to downtown Fort Myers. I was his office director for the Fort Myers office. I took care of Lee, Glades and Okeechobee county," he said.

The luncheon began because the senator thought it was a good way to let people know what the legislators were up to before and after the session.

The luncheon is hosted by Benac-quisto. Welch said Benacquisto represents the western half of Lehigh Acres and Passidomo represents the eastern half of Lehigh Acres.

The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, at The Plantation Golf & Country Club, 10500 Dartington Drive in Fort Myers. Those interested in attending have to RSVP by May 10. It is $40 per person and business attire is requested.

Reservations can be made by downloading the form at and faxed Attention Mike Welch at (239) 425-2816, by calling (239) 565-8450 or emailing

It can also be mailed to Building Industry Issues of Southwest Florida, LLC, 8359 Beacon Blvd., Suite 320, Fort Myers, FL, 33907.

Welch said they normally hold the luncheon on the boundary of Gateway and quite a few Lehigh Acres residents show up who want to hear about infrastructure projects and how things are moving along with funding and what to expect to see along State Road 82.

"These two leaders are very much at the forefront of the opioid epidemic. The epidemic is quite severe in eastern Lehigh," he said, another topic of discussion.

Other topics will include what the Legislature has passed and done this year, as well as funding for infrastructure and waterworks, Welch said, which will probably affect the Lehigh Acres Municipal District with projects it has online with storm water runoff.

The women will also talk about school funding. Welch said Lehigh Acres has the youngest population in Lee County in terms of people, as well as the explosion in students within the school system.

"We are in need of schools and programs the Legislature funds," he said.

After they share information, Welch said they will open it up to the audience for some questions.

"The people who go are by and large from the business community, most of the elected officials from Lee County, the mayors and city council and state representatives will be there," he said. "It's the final gathering before people break for the summer."

The luncheon, Welch said, is a great way for the senators to get their message out.

"It's basically a continuation for the pre-session luncheon," he said, which is held a week before the legislatures leave for Tallahassee.



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