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.
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.
Long story short; It is illegal to operate ATV’s on public land, unless duly posted.
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
Presentation of Award to Chairman Michael Welch
During the November 13, 2017 Regular Meeting, the Board of Commissioners adopted a Resolution Honoring Chairman Welch for his efforts on behalf of the District and the Community during Hurricane Irma.
FEMA Community Service Day September 21, 2017
Chairman, Michael Welch spent the day at the comprehensive recovery assistance center in Lehigh Acres at Veterans Park. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Rubio’s and Nelson’s staff was available on site help residents affected by Hurricane Irma sign up for assistance from FEMA. Application checklists are available in English and Spanish. Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patron is will host an insurance village comprised of property insurance companies at each location to provide on-site assistance to policyholders to file a claim, ask questions and obtain needed insurance assistance and information. This is a public/private partnership of federal and state agencies, charitable organizations and companies gathering to provide critical resources.
Chairman Welch is pictured above with representatives from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office as well as representatives from Catholic Charities.
LA-MSID Earns “District of the Year”