Lehigh Acres residents voice concerns to Lee County commissioners

Reporter: Nicole Valdes Photographer: Scott Biffar
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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Dozens gathered Wednesday night, hoping their voices would finally be heard as Lee County Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass directly addressed problems in Lehigh Acres.

The commissioner took questions regarding community development, crime and traffic enforcement.

Those who attended the meeting say they’re concerned traffic and crime will continue to go unnoticed in their community.

“They need to be more aggressive throughout Lehigh.”

One resident says Lee County deputies rarely patrol problem areas in Lehigh, and are more often in other cities like Cape Coral or Fort Myers.

He says he’s witnessed speeding near his home on Sunshine Boulevard, where two people were killed in fatal accidents. Still, nothing has been done.

“I hope it brings a better understanding to the county commissioner, to know what’s going on out here. To the captain at the meeting, so he understands that there are people out here that really do care about Lehigh… and let’s take care of it.”

Others, like Richard Farsi, still believe it’s up to the community to get involved to help get law enforcement and county officials on board.

“Coming up with a plan, real plans instead of arguments. [Then] I think they’ll start listening.”

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