Thank you to all of the first responders, utility crew members and volunteers who have helped take care of our community in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Our crews are currently performing normal duties and are working to remove debris from canals and rights-0f-ways. Please be patient during this recovery period.
Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District is a multi-county, multifaceted Special District Agency. From roads and bridges, to a stormwater management system comprised of lakes, canals, and complex monitoring equipment; to parks and passive recreation in our waterways and lands, to community projects, Board of Commissioners guide the agency in a direction best suited to help the communities in which it serves, making it the vehicle for the future of Lehigh Acres.
In 2015, Legislators passed Chapter 2015-202 F.S., which allows Lehigh Acres MSID to study new powers in limited areas such as: sidewalks, street lights, and community signage, local planning and water and sewer services for the betterment of the community. The potential for additional powers—sidewalks, street lights, community signage, local planning and water and sewer— is not automatic. Lehigh Acres MSID must first enter into an agreement with Lee County and then present the community with a referendum vote in a regular general election to exercise any new powers.
Lehigh Acres MSID, through the efforts of dedicated elected officials and employees, delivers the highest quality in services; provides a fair and orderly system of governance; and protects the area’s environmental and community resources. LA‐MSID is dedicated to preserving and managing natural and community resources by providing: safe, reliable, and high‐quality services to its constituents in an environmentally and financially responsible manner.
LA-MSID’s expansive infrastructure is a crucial element to protecting, serving, and bettering the Lehigh Acres community. Our water management system is crucial in moving water to meet varying conditions and needs is essential to sustaining the local environment. However, it is our complex network of culvert-crossings, bridges, and roadways which work to make accessibility easier for residents within Lehigh Acres. Our stormwater treatment areas provide ideal recreation spots for residents and visitors alike, while providing necessary drainage and flood control.
LA-MSID District preserves and protects water reserves through drainage, conservation, mitigation, navigational and water management practices in 70,000 acres of land in both Lehigh Acres and the western portion of Hendry County.
LA-MSID currently maintains 311 miles of canals, 20 lakes, 360 culvert crossings, 22 bridges and 66 water control structures. LA-MSID maintains 1298 preserve acres as well as 578 acres of Harns Marsh—a major retention/detention area.
The special legislative act dissolving the East County Water Control District (“ECWCD”) and creating the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District (“LA-MSID”) was approved by the Governor on June 10, 2015. Therefore, all motions, resolutions, and other documentation or references relating to the District should now refer to “Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District” instead of to “East County Water Control District.”
Questions? Contact our office at 239-368-0044.
Annual Meeting and Election of Officers
On Monday, January 22, 2018, the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District (LAMSID) Board of Commissioners held its Annual Meeting.
The annual election off officers was held with the new elected positions as follows: David Deetscreek, Chairman; Michael Bonacolta, Vice-Chairman; Katyna Hoover, Treasurer; Kenneth Thompson, Secretary; Michael Welch Commissioner. Under the District’s existing policy, the Vice-Chair automatically becomes Chairman; and each subsequent position moves up.
The Board of Commissioners voted to elect Commissioner Welch as the Emergency Operations Director and Coordinator representative for the Board. This is a one-year position that the most immediate past-Chairman will fill. The position was established to be sure a member of the Board of Commissioners keep their finger on the pulse of the community, to work with like agencies to identify resources, formulate plans and keep communications line open to best prepared for a community incident or natural disaster.
On January 29, Commissioner Welch hosted a meeting bringing key community organizations and businesses together to Discuss the Opioid Crisis in Lehigh Acres. For more information, please read the Lehigh Acres Citizen’s coverage of the meeting: LA-MSID holds opioid crisis discussion – lehighacrescitizen
Representing Lehigh Acres – Legislative Update
Members of the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District’s Board Of Commissioners and the agency’s District Manager met with Senator Lizbeth Benaquisto, Senator Kathleen Passidomo and Representative Matt Caldwell, during the Legislative Update on January 17, 2018, to discuss issues affecting the Lehigh Acres Community. The group was joined by Robert A. Dilallo, Fire Chief, Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District. Together these representatives are taking a collegiate approach to safeguarding the future of the Lehigh Acres community.
LA-MSID a Vehicle for Lehigh’s Future
The Board of Commissioners Passes Resolution, with Legislators’ Support, on its Role if Incorporation Occurs
At its Dec. 11 meeting, The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District Board of Commissioner unanimously approved Resolution 18-03, to grow its powers as outlined by state law and serve as the foundation for municipal incorporation.
Chairman Michael Welch noted the Resolution expresses the Legislators intention to eventually create a city in Lehigh Acres that grows out of the LA-MSID.
Welch stated this resolution outlines the roles and responsibilities of LAMSID presently and the roles and responsibilities we would have when Lehigh Acres incorporates.
The Legislature took the first step in paving the road to incorporation, by restructuring LAMSID as a municipal services district in 2015. In LAMSID enabling legislation, the Florida Statute allows the district to provide up to five new powers, including signage, planning, streetlights, sidewalks, and water and sewer, following a fully-executed agreement with Lee County and a voter referendum.
Currently, LA-MSID is negotiating with the county to provide signage via a special inter-local agreement, with a referendum planned for the 2018 November election.
In the days following the December 11 Board Meeting, Senator Lizbeth Benaquisto and Representative Matthew Caldwell signed the resolution, showing their support as the next logical step towards incorporation.
On Thursday, December 14, LAMSID held its annual Town Hall Reception where elected officials provided a snap-shot of recovery, growth and happenings in the Lehigh Acres community. Senator Kathleen Passidomo signed Resolution 18-03 in a special ceremony recognizing the importance of LAMSID role in the growth of this community.
“As the population and the taxable value of Lehigh Acres continue to grow, LA-MSID will continue to work with Lee County to expand its powers,” Welch said. “When the time is right, LA-MSID will be the political vehicle to petition the state and affected voters for the municipal incorporation of Lehigh Acres. The municipality would originate, reorganize, grow and operate from what is now known as the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District.”
Welch noted that the Board of Commissioners for LAMSID were voted-in by the people of this community and are charged with looking out for the well-being of its constituents, the growth and improvement of municipal services and facilities within its purview.
June 1, 2017
A Word From Sheriff Mike Scott:
A complaint I hear often from residents in Lehigh Acres and elsewhere in our County centers on all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s); whether it’s the noise created near residential neighborhoods or the damage caused as riders tear up canal banks and create their own paths.
ATV riders frequent areas of Lehigh including North Sunshine Boulevard, the Greenbriar community, and the State Road 82 corridor.
My deputies are teaming up with the Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District (LAMSID) to prevent the further destruction of public land. We have conducted several operations recently to educate ATV riders on the law. Now the “education” phase moves to the “enforcement” phase.
Encounters with ATV riders ignoring the law will now result in something more than a “friendly reminder”, to include arrests for criminal mischief; damage to public lands; and obstruction of public drainage ditches and canals.
The Florida Department of Agriculture lists public and private lands across the state that permit ATV usage. You can find them by clicking on this link.
Sheriff Mike Scott
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