Category: Press

On brink of closing, new life and a new future for Lehigh senior center

By: Bill Smith, News-Press.     The Friday afternoon karaoke and dance party at the Lehigh Acres Senior Citizens Center was more crowded than usual last week. The dancers and singers were joined by others, filling the center’s function room on Plaza Drive, as they awaited  a “very important meeting on the future” of the facility. Alan Neidermeier, a…

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Conservation 20/20 must meet residents’ vision

By:  Cecil Pendergrass, News-Press.  This week, the Lee County Board of Commissioners had the opportunity to discuss our successful Conservation 20/20 program. I voted “no” on administrative agenda Item #2 that recommends changes to the program’s application review criteria and approval process. I voted against this proposed change in order to keep the integrity of the program…

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Vendor makes plans to clean up Southwest Florida waterways

By:  Samantha Sosa, Fox4,  Scripps Media, Inc. Lee County officials are in talks with a vendor to provide cleanup services for red algae in our waterways. The state will reimburse Lee County for the cost of the cleanup up to a certain amount, that comes from a 3 million dollar grant as part of Governor Rick…

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Lee County negotiating contract with vendor to clean up algae

By:   Meghan Bragg,  NBC 2 News Lee County Commission Chairman Cecil Pendergrass calls for an  emergency session  to place Lee County under a state of emergency for algae clean up to begin immediately. http://www.nbc-2.com/story/38721381/lee-county-negotiating-contract-with-vendor-to-clean-up-algae

County commissioners ask congress to fund water clean-up efforts

By:  Britni McDonald and Erica Brown, WINK News Lee County Board of County Commissioners signed a resolution urging the United States Congress to create a dedicated funding source for the Central Everglades Planning Project and the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan; urging the United States Army Corps of Engineers to expedite completion of Herbert Hoover Dike…

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Lee County officials taking steps to better water conditions

By Jaclyn Bevis, WBBH/WZVN (Waterman Broadcasting) Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass heads to Washington, DC to attend a congressional briefing on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Lake Okeechobee discharges, and their impact to our communities and tourism industry. http://www.nbc-2.com/story/38384121/lee-county-officials-taking-steps-to-better-water-conditions

Lee County hosts Catamaran World Championship

By Brenna Weick,  WBBH/WZVN (Waterman Broadcasting) Lee County Commissioners have agreed to host the 2019 Hobie 16 Catamaran World Championship.  The competition will bring in an estimated $4 million to Lee County businesses while the sponsorship fee will be paid  strictly by tourists. http://www.nbc-2.com/story/38217951/lee-county-agrees-to-pay-250k-to-host-catamaran-world-championship#vuukle-emote

Water quality, roads, transportation my priorities

By Cecil Pendergrass, News-Press Editorial It is an honor to serve you this year as the chairman of the Lee Board of County Commission. I truly believe our county is the best county in Florida because of you. It still seems surreal that just six months ago, we were faced with Irma’s devastation. The country…

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Lee Board of County Commissioners closes on Edison Farms purchase

by VOEadmin Lee Board of County Commissioners has completed the purchase of about 4,000 acres in southern Lee County – commonly known as Edison Farms – as a Conservation 20/20 preservation site. The $42.4 million purchase ranks as the second-largest single parcel purchased by the Board since the Bob Janes Preserve, which is 5,620 acres….

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lee Board of County Commissioners closes on landmark preserve purchase

Media contact: Betsy Clayton, APR/CPRC Communications Director Lee County Government 239-826-4606 bclayton@leegov.com Lee Board of County Commissioners closes on landmark preserve purchase Fort Myers, FL, Dec. 5, 2017 – Lee Board of County Commissioners has completed the purchase of about 4,000 acres in southern Lee County – commonly known as Edison Farms – as a…

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