Florida And Lehigh/East Lee County Go To The Polls, COVID-19 Crisis And Hurricane Season

Mike Welch

By Mike Welch

At this writing Tropical Storm #9 is forming in the Atlantic with a potential to impact Florida. It is a reminder that with all of our challenges for our community that we must have a watchful eye on this Strom Season. COVID19 and its effect on our community is taking its toll as we positive cases are rising at an alarming rate. Our unemployment rate is relatively high in that many work in our region’s service industry and are still laid off.

In this issue of Voices State Representative Spencer Roach is one of those heroic legislators that has taken on the failures of government with its lack of ability to move quickly in a timely manner for families depending on their unemployment benefits. Spencer’s article is definitely worth reading. You know who to call by contacting Representative Roach at 239-336-4588.

Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli – appointed just 8 short months ago to fill the seat of the late Larry Kiker has become a frequent visitor to Lehigh/East Lee County. Over the months he has shown himself to be no stranger to our community and he is deeply involved with our struggling region. Ray has provided an article that is informative. Please give Ray a call at 239-533-2223 or dist3@leegov.com

Sheriff Carmine Marceno’s column this month addresses a community concern of road safety in our area and in particular aggressive drivers who have become a threat to our roads and our very lives. All of us have seen the aggressive driving and speeding on our main arteries that make our roads dangerous. Sheriff Marceno offers us a column that offers a tool to report the need for enforcement in our area regarding the Traffic Enforcement Unit and you can contact the Unit at www.sheriffleefl.org or call is 239-477-1000.

Our School Board Member at Large Cathleen Morgan is certainly no stranger to our eastern Lee County Schools. I also have to thank her for your hard work with Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass and I as a Commissioner of the Municipal District in finding a funding solution for the destroyed walkway on Richmond Ave. near the Lehigh Elementary School. With the work of the County Government at this point, funding has now been approved for application with the State of Florida. More details to come! As always Mrs. Morgan’s article is informative. Give her a call at 239-334-1102 or CathleenOM@leeschools.net At this writing the new school year will begin on August 31, 2020.


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