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20th Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament

20th Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament

LCEC is proud to announce that nearly $50,000 was raised at the 20th Annual LCEC United Way Fishing Tournament on April 16, 2016 in Pine Island, Florida. All proceeds from this tournament will be donated to the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades & Okeechobee Counties. This amount includes a portion of the prize money which was donated back by several of the tournament winners. Congratulations to Grand Slam Winner, Team Jamie & Gigi, who weighed in at 19.94 pounds. Below are the tournament results by the numbers:

215 – Anglers
200+ – Raffle prizes
90 – Fish weighed in
70 – Boats
45 – Boats weighing in fish
36 – Trout
21 – Snapper
20 – Redfish
13 – Snook
3 – Grand Slams weighed in

Special thanks to the premiere sponsor of this year’s tournament: Irby. LCEC is extremely grateful for the continued support of sponsors, anglers and volunteers that give back to this community. For a complete list of winners, event photos and information on next year’s milestone tournament, visit www.uw.lcec.net/fish.html.

Established in 1940, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LCEC) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres. LCEC is a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with 400 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving and volunteerism programs, including the United Way, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement and local school districts. People. Power. Possibilities. Delivering the Power that Energizes our Community. Learn more about LCEC online at www.lcec.net.

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Choose right tree and right place this Earth Day

Many folks around southwest Florida plant a tree for Earth Day. This yearly tradition is great for the environment, but can mean trouble for you, your neighbors and LCEC depending on the type of tree and where you plant it. Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting a tree or planting site which will help maintain electric reliability for you and your neighbors.

Right tree:
• The trees you select should depend on a number of characteristics: growth rate, leaf persistence, shape and salt tolerance (if you live near saltwater).
• Visit the University of Florida’s website for a list of recommended trees in your area or view LCEC’s list of trees common to Southwest Florida at https://www.lcec.net/reliability/vegetation-management/planting-trees.

Right place:
• Remember that trees need space to grow. Vegetation that could potentially interfere with power lines at its mature height should not be planted below power lines or near electric utilities. Some trees may appear to be a safe distance from power lines. However, that may not be the case during a storm or when the lines are carrying a heavy demand.
• LCEC asks that customers leave an 8-foot space in front of the door side of the transformer so utility employees can work quickly and safely. We also ask that you maintain a 3-foot cleared area around the electric meter and a 3-foot-wide approach to the meter.

Tree planting and power lines:
Distribution
• Shrubs up to 6′ high at maturity should be planted 5′ away from the pole.
• Shrubs up to 10′ high should be planted 10′ from the pole.
• Small trees & large shrubs up to 20′ high should be planted 15′ from the pole.
• Medium trees up to 40′ high should be planted 30′ from the pole.
• Large trees over 40′ high should be planted 45′ from the pole.
• The distances given above are the minimum distance the plant should be placed away from the pole.
Transmission
• Transmission lines require a wider right-of-way area, but landscaping can be done if careful attention is paid to the mature height of shrubs & trees.

If you plan on planting a tree this Earth Day (April 22) or have additional questions on determining the right tree and right place, call LCEC at 239-656-2300.

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Celebrate Safe Digging Month By Calling Before You Dig

This month marks the ninth annual National Safe Digging Month. During this important month, Sunshine 811 and LCEC remind Florida residents to always call 811 two full business days before any digging project. In addition to protecting you and any underground lines you might encounter, homeowners are required by law to call 811 before digging in any easement, right-of-way or permitted use area.

After you call, information about where you will be digging is entered into a computer that compares that area to the location of underground utilities in the area. The area will either be declared clear, or will be appropriately marked for any underground lines. Only after you make the call will you be safe to dig.

Research shows that between 1994 and 2013, damage caused by digging totaled almost $378 million. Unsafe digging also caused 445 injuries and 139 deaths. Calling 811 will help protect you from becoming part of these statistics.

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