Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Today was a great day for Lehigh Acres

Today was a great day for Lehigh Acres all five county commissioners agreed to hold a special emergency public meeting on April 4th at 5pm on the issue of a possible “freeze” moratorium to hold in abeyance any comprehensive plan changes, and rezones from non-residential to residential use until September 2007 when the Community Plan for Lehigh Acres is expected to be completed.

Also the commissioners agreed that is was time to make changes in the way duplex’s are put up in Lee County – This item was sent back to staff to review and come back in 6 to 8 weeks to a public hearing.

As the President of the Lehigh Acres Watchdog, Inc, I would like to thank the Chairwoman Tammy Hall for her willingness and true forthcoming approach into these issues that effect so many of the citizens in Lehigh Acres.


Robert Anderson

President Lehigh Acres Watchdog, Inc

Friday, February 03, 2006

Opinion ------

Lehigh dump

Re: "Cape streets look like dump," Bill Riehl, Jan. 27. Bill hasn't seen anything yet. He should take a ride to Lehigh Acres and see real dumps.

The streets bounded by S.R. 82, Colonial Boulevard to the north, Leonard Avenue and Gunnery to the south, make the slums of any major city look wonderful. There is garbage all over, abandoned cars, trash piled high next to buildings, shacks built in back of the properties, multiple families living in garages, Dumpsters used for dumping grounds, just a list a few.

Code enforcement and our county commission don't seem to care that they are creating blight areas. In addition, they keep allowing these duplexes to be built at a rapid rate with no apparent architectural code. There are gravel driveways, no garages, minimal landscaping with dead sod being installed. While property values seem to be going up in Florida, the prices in Lehigh are going down. The county commissioners and code enforcement should be ashamed of themselves.


Saturday, December 17, 2005

FGUA and Lee County

It has been a sad week for Lehigh Acres and all of the unincorporated areas of Lee County – On Friday 12/16/05 in Golden Gate -- Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) who owns the water and wastewater rights in Lehigh Acres started down a path of no return and started to open Pandora’s box -- The FGUA board minus the Lee County voting member Mr. Jim Lavender and/or (alt) Mr. Rick Diaz voted on FGUA Resolution 2005-36 which states –“the FGUA intends to use the uniform method for collecting non-ad valorem special assessments for the cost of providing capital improvements and maintenance services including but not limited to water and wastewater facilities to property within the unincorporated area of the Lee County, including but not limited to Lehigh Acres” commencing in November 2006. Mr. Jim Lavender and/or (alt) Mr. Rick Diaz could not be at Friday’s meeting do to personal reasons and the FGUA board would not consider mine or anyone’s else’s objections to the presumed use of their so called powers under Florida Statue.

This now means the FGUA has the power to serve populations within or outside of it service area of Lehigh Acres --- so if you live in Alva, Buckingham, North Fort Myers, Pine Island, Boca Grande, Gateway and Estero -- Watch Out -- here they come --- Since the FGUA is not subject to Public Service Commission by Florida Statue 163.01 7(g)1, the only option is for everyone in the unincorporated areas of the Lee County to call or email your County Commissioner –

Commissioner BOB JANES DISTRICT No. 1 335-2224 email dist1@leegov.com
Commissioner DOUGLAS ST. CERNY DISTRICT No. 2 335-2227 email dist2@leegov.com
Commissioner RAY JUDAH DISTRICT No. 3 (239) 335-2223 email dist3@leegov.com
Commissioner TAMMY HALL DISTRICT No. 4 335-2226 email dist4@leegov.com
Commissioner JOHN ALBION DISTRICT No. 5 335-2225 email dist5@leegov.com

This presumed power by the Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) has under Florida Statues needs to be fixed by our local Legislators in Tallahassee and I personally challenge our local Legislators in Tallahassee and the County government to fix this issue before it goes too far and Pandora’s box can not be closed.

Robert Anderson
Lehigh Acres Watchdog, Inc
Email - watchdog@lehighacreswatchdog.com
Phone - 239-369-6223
P.O. Box 1778 Lehigh Acres Fl 33970

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Recently the Citizens of Lehigh Acres have heard negative things about Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) – Believe me things are about to get much worse –---

In a recent press release FGUA finally admitted the following –“On the water side, consumptive demand exceeded permitted treatment capacity in 2005.” and “On the wastewater side, the authority initially believed wastewater treatment capacity was sufficient through 2008. But growth has outpaced projections and in fiscal (year) 2005 the wastewater treatment plant exceeded its permitted flow capacity.”

When the FGUA was questioned about capacity earlier this year at a public board meeting they refused to comment on capacity and stated NO conveyance agreements on capacity where issued – but we know now that this was a smoke screen – FGUA has issued up to five different letters conveying they have capacity to developers – so who is blowing the smoke screen – FGUA telling the developers they have capacity or the FGUA on this press release stating they have exceeded permitted treatment capacity in 2005 to their investors. (The press release that I’m quoting from is from the Fitch Rating www.fitchratings.com a rating company that rates bonds.)

Fitch Rating assigned an 'A-' rating to Florida Governmental Utility Authority (FGUA) (Lehigh Utility System), FL's approximately $25 million utility revenue bonds, series 2005, and affirms the 'A-' rating on approximately $42.3 million outstanding debt. The series 2005 bonds are scheduled to sell on Dec. 5 via negotiation to Banc of America Securities LLC and UBS Financial Services, Inc. (Note: Bonds rated B or below are not investment grade -- in other words, institutions that invest other people's money may not buy them under most state laws.)

On the other hand, if growth has outpaced projections as stated above – then why is our Lee County Commissioners John E Albion (www.johnealbion.com) & Chairwoman Tammy Hall (www.tammyhall.org) allowing developers in Lehigh Acres to speed up growth and putting in over 7500 new homes in the next 5 years without increasing the needed infrastructure such as roads, schools, sidewalks, officers and etc. Why are the Commissioners destroying the lands needed for commercial development and turning the lands into residential planned developments – does Lehigh Acres need any more single family housing?? How about affordable family housing? How about commercial nodes throughout Lehigh Acres?

If FGUA needs money to pay for water and wastewater lines to all of the new 7500 homes in residential planned developments when why not increase impact fees to cover growth – since growth needs to pay for growth and stop harming the current rate payers with high water and sewer bills.

The Lehigh Acres Watchdog did a email survey on Nov 21st – 23rd about FGUA and received a better than average return – you now can see the results of the survey at www.lehighacreswatchdog.com


Robert J Anderson
Lehigh Acres Watchdog, Inc

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Lehigh Acres Florida --------

Lehigh Acres, a community of 67,000 wonderful people, Close to the beaches but far enough away to be safe, Near a wonderful river, but high enough to be dry.

A community of diverse ages, with enough character to attract all. While developing rapidly, the greatest portion is still country.

Shopping and employment opportunities to satisfy everyone.

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Monday, November 07, 2005

Lehigh Acres RAT issue


Lehigh Acres
they just get into everthing

Does the Citizens of Lehigh Acres need to hire
a Pest Control Company to control the RAT issue?????

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Citizens' Rally