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NEIGHBORHOOD TASK FORCE
LEE COUNTY DOT WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE ROAD PAVING PROJECT IN SUNCOAST
DATE: MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013
TIME: 6:30 P.M.
PLACE: SUNCOAST COMMUNITY CENTER
2241 CASE LANE, NORTH FORT MYERS
All are welcome to attend
Suncoast Estates road improvements slated for summer
North Fort Myers residents in Suncoast Estates will see road improvements that will help during summer’s rainy season and also improve residents’ public safety.
The Lee County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the acceptance of donated road rights-of-way for unpaved roads in Suncoast Estates at its May 14 meeting. This allows Lee County to move forward to pave designated roads in Suncoast Estates over the next nine years using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and local gas tax funds.
The road paving is designed to eliminate existing and future hazards caused by the current conditions of the roads, which are exacerbated during the summer rainy season. The road conditions have caused difficulty for public safety vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks to reach certain locations as well as postal delivery trucks.
The $3.1 million project will help Suncoast Estates’ more than 1,600 households, of which 42 percent are renters. An estimated 68 percent of households in Suncoast Estates report income below 80 percent of the area median income.
Because of the magnitude and cost of this project, it is necessary to complete it in multi-year phases.
The first phase will begin this month and will include the paving of Tucker, Payne and Laurel Lanes. Drainage improvements have already been made on these three roadways, which is why they were the first streets selected.
Drainage improvements will be made and a stabilized temporary road base constructed on the remaining roads. Those include Case and Gish Lanes as well as Grady and Bartholomew Drives. These roads will then be brought up to Lee County standards and paved during years two through nine with future CDBG funds, and then accepted by Lee County for future maintenance.
Public Participation Welcome in Search For County Attorney
Lee County’s BoCC county attorney recruitment web page has been developed to provide the public with information about the search for a new county attorney, and it’s now open for people who want to submit questions for the candidates who will be considered for the position. This is similar to a web page set up earlier this year for the public to submit prospective county manager interview questions.
The Lee County Board of County Commissioners is tentatively scheduled to interview the finalists for the county attorney position in early August.
Additional information included on the county attorney recruitment website includes a timeline, information on the search firm facilitating the recruitment, a county attorney profile and more.
With the inclusion of this question submittal link, the public will be able to compose and submit for consideration questions that the interview panel may present to the final candidates. The link and guidelines for question submittal, can be found at
Volunteers Needed As Florida High School Athletic Association swings into Lee County
More than 30 of Florida’s best high school baseball teams will compete for their respective class titles starting May 15 at JetBlue Park.
The tournament will showcase 32 teams from the Florida High School Athletic Association Baseball Finals, including the contenders for the state championships in 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, 7A and 8A.
Lee County has not hosted one of the state baseball finals since 1967. Bringing the event to Lee County was a combined effort of the Lee County Sports Authority, Lee County Parks & Recreation, the Red Sox and the Lee County School District. The Florida High School Athletics Association’s event has an estimated economic impact of $1.8 million.
Play will happen Wednesday, May 15, through Thursday, May 23, with the exception of Sunday, May 19. Parking is $8 daily; admission is $9. For a complete schedule, visit www.fhsaa.org/sports/baseball.
This event is just one of many at JetBlue Park, which saw 349 days of action in 2012, including 80 days of amateur baseball and more than six months of nearly daily youth soccer play. So far this year, the site also has been used for a sports expo, a rock music festival, a women's collegiate rugby championship and an auto-sale event.
Volunteer groups are needed with the upcoming high school baseball event. Get your club or colleagues involved. Service learning, service projects and corporate volunteering is available. Contact Lee County Parks & Recreation Volunteer Services at (239) 533-7422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allen Tiller Art Display in Commission Office
Lee County Commissioner Tammy Hall is supporting local artists by giving them an opportunity to display their artwork in her Fort Myers office on the first floor of the Old County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street in downtown Fort Myers.
Allen TIller will show his work in the District 4 Office until June 14, 2013. The public is welcome to stop by and view the 10 framed pieces and learn more about the artist. Please call 533-2226 to confirm office hours for viewing the artwork.
"The arts are an important part of the cultural and development of our community” says Commissioner Hall. “I believe that government can play an important role in public awareness, developing the use of public spaces for display and interaction of art, and for the encouragement and commitment of continued financial support both public and private of all the arts.”
Commissioner Hall is the recipient of the Angel of the Arts Award – Business Sponsor 2009. She was elected to the Board of Lee County Commissioners in 2004 and re-elected in 2006. Her district includes North Fort Myers and the central and northern portions of Cape Coral. For more information on this program, please contact Patty Pirog, Executive Assistant, at 239-533-2226.
A Statement from the artist:
"It is my desire to share with the viewer the beauty that I see in the world, and to take them to details that might otherwise be overlooked."
From the age of ten Allen knew he would be an artist, and in 1978 graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
He launched a career doing magazine illustration in the Philadelphia area, winning several awards for excellence. In 1981 the Art Institute asked him to return, to create and teach a new course, airbrush. For two years he then joined the faculty of his alma mater. An exhibition in 1983 showcased his love of nature and portraits, both of which continue today.
In 1984 he was attacked by a series of unexplained pains, weakness and numbness affecting all his limbs. After a year of total debilitation, ultimately the problems remained in his hands and arms. The outcome of this medical mystery was a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Although personally devastated, the creative spirit always found expression. Unable to paint or draw as before, Allen spend the remainder of the eighties photographing the Delaware Valley and Chesapeaked Bay areas. He also explored texture and pattern, evolving into a series of large acrylic abstracts.
A move in 1990 allowed an interest in flowers to grow into a passion for gardening, creating an opportunity to bring together the photographic skills and the abstract eye.
His physical abilities continuing to degenerate, in 2003 a longstanding desire to relocate to Lee County was realized. Since then the beauty of Southwest Florida has added to the sources of inspiration that keep this creative spirit alive. Currently when the MS allows, Allen enjoys adding to his photos or the occasional drawing; when it does not, he uses the computer to create something fresh from all experiences of life.
CLERK OF COURTS RECORDING OFFICE OPEN SATURDAY, MAY 25th FOR PASSPORT APPLICATIONS AND MARRIAGE LICENSES
Take advantage of the Saturday opportunity to apply for a marriage license or passport for you and your family
WHERE: Lee County Administration Building
2115 Second Street – 2nd Floor
DATE: SATURDAY MAY 25, 2013
TIME: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM - NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY
For Passport and Marriage License information and fees please visit our website at www.leeclerk.org and choose Office Records – Marriage Licenses and/or Passports or call 239-533-5007
Adopt a Pet at Lee County Animal Services
Spring fever is taking over at Lee County Domestic Animal Services. Now is a great time to cultivate a new relationship and adopt an adorable cat or fun-loving canine. With the onset of kitten season the number of cats and kittens entering the shelter monthly will double from 250 to nearly 500. The intake of dogs is consistently high with an average of 400 dogs entering the shelter each month. During May adopters can take home a dog 40 lbs or over or a cat six months or older for only $30. All cats and kittens are 2 for 1!
The discounted fees are 40-60 % off the regular price and still include all the same veterinary and other services valued at over $500. Every pet adopted will receive spay or neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, flea treatment, de-worming, heartworm test for dogs six months and older, feline aids and leukemia test for cats, Lee County pet license for pets three months and older, microchip ID, 10-day health guarantee, and Pet Behavior Helpline.
Pets available for adoption may be viewed online and adopters can submit an application online as well. The website updates hourly. Volunteers and staff will be available to help individuals and families select the pet that best suits their lifestyle.
The shelter is located at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office off Six Mile Cypress Pkwy. Adoption hours are Monday through Saturday, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Advisory Committee Vacancies
Below is a list of current vacancies in District Committees, followed by a list of current vacancies in At Large Committees, including number of vacancies (bolded #) and liaison (in italics.) The lists will be updated at regular intervals as appointments and changes occur. Please contact Commissioner Hall's office at (239) 533-2226, or the Committee liaison if you are interested in filling a vacancy or know someone who might be suitable.
More information about each committee can be found on this website under County Commissioners, Advisory Committee Search.
Street Lighting Units Lori Borman 533-2103
Alabama Grove (2)
Birkdale St. (2)
Lochmoor St. (4)
Palmona Park (4)
Skyline Drive (5)
Tropic Isles (3)
Waterway Estates (3)
Palm Beach Blvd Special Improvement Unit (1)
Charter Review (3) Andrea Fraser 533-2236
Partering For Results Proposal Review (3) Deanna Gilkerson 533-7918
Roadway Landscape (1) Robert DeBrock 533-9425
AT LARGE COMMITTEES
Affordable Housing (4) Gloria Sajgo 533-8311
Bicycle/Pedestrian (2) Mike Tisch 533-8110
Black Affairs (8) Glen Salyer 533-2221
Coastal Advisory Council (2) Stephen Boutelle 533-8109
Construction Brd of Adjustments and Appeal(1)
Construction Licensing (1) Bob Stewart 533-8320
Exec. Regulatory Oversight (1) Pam Hendry 533-8348
Extension Services (4) Stephen Brown 533-7513
Mech. Bd. of Adjtmts & Apls (3) &
Plmbg Bd. of Adjtmts & Apls (3) Bob Stewart 533-8320
Roadway Landscape (3) Robert DeBrock 533-9425
Value Adjustment Board (1) Minutes Clerk 533-2328
Well Construction (2) Lee Werst 533-8136
Mulch Available for Spring Spruce Up
A low grade mulch is available 24 hours a day at NO cost, though you must bring your own container and load it yourself. The mulch is available to District 4 residents on a first come, first served basis just behind the North Fort Myers Library on Old US 41. For additional information please call the Lee County Division of Solid Waste at (239) 338-3302.
From Pam Keyes, P.E. Director Lee Co. Utilities
Lee County Natural Resources has completed their spoils handling work at the site.
LCU has a contractor on site to begin demolition and removal of the vertical structures. This work is expected to be completed within 6 months, Sept 2013. The site will remain rough, and sodding open areas is not part of the demolition contract. All concrete pads, foundations and buried piping (down to a certain depth) are budgeted for removal next FY 13/14, at which time the site can be graded out and final seeded/sodded. A firmer schedule has not been established. We are working with FDEP to determine what we will be required to abandon/remove the existing outfall pipe. We have included budget to grout the pipe from landside. If additional work is required by FDEP, the project budget will be modified.