ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

water protection

Take Action to Protect Water Quality before Nov. 19

Lee Future supports The Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s message urging residents to oppose an aquaculture facility proposed in the Gulf of Mexico. This project has the potential to impact water quality and native fish stocks. It would be the first aquaculture facility permitted in waters off the continental United States. The deadline for comments is November 19,…

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fish farm

Something fishy about offshore farm proposal

Both environmentalists and anglers have raised concerns about the negative impacts of a proposed fish farm off the Southwest Florida’s coast. Read David McGrath’s comments here, then send your comments on the proposal to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at OceanEar_VEAquaculture@usace.army.mil before Nov. 19. Guest Opinion Published in the News-Press Oct. 25, 2020 by…

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toll roads to ruin

Speak out on toll road proposal

You have until Oct. 14 to comment on MCORES plans. Your chance to comment on the proposed toll roads (“Roads to Ruin”) plans expires Oct. 14… so if you want to be heard on these the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) proposals involved hundreds of miles of toll roads and hundreds of millions…

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lime rock mine

Another mine on the horizon?

The day before Lee County Commissioners approved a new limerock mine in southeast Lee County, the board took the first step toward potentially agreeing to yet another mining operation in that environmentally sensitive area. This one will likely come in through the back door, however – unlike the direct approval of a change in permit…

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Another day, another lime-rock mine

On Sept. 16, Lee County Commissioners approved unanimously an application by representatives for Bell Mine, presently a dirt mine on S.R. 82, to become a lime rock mine with blasting and much deeper mining. They voted to approve DESPITE their own county staff recommending that the application be denied and DESPITE prior decisions by the…

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toll roads to ruin

Support sags for ‘roads to ruin’

If, as this article indicates, enthusiasm for the three proposed toll roads is nonexistent (or limited to a handful of lawmakers and lobbyists), why is this expensive boondoggle still being discussed? Published in the News-Press on August 28, 2020 Business support for toll roads lags as opponents still fight them Chad Gillis The state is…

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water

Keeping tabs on the river

While this article indicates the Caloosahatchee is holding its own against algae, you can find out more about the South Florida Water Management District’s plans for Lake O at the following  online meetings: Online Public Meetings As part of its response to COVID-19, SFWMD will be holding public meetings online only using Zoom. You will…

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toll roads to ruin

The road(s) to ruin, continued…

Rural sprawl, the “Airglades International Airport,” and possibly two toll roads running through Southwest Florida’s dwindling open lands? A lot to unpack from this “Naples Daily News” update and interview. Published in the Naples Daily News on August 3, 2020 In the Know: The intersection with the pandemic, a $1 billion loss in one month…

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DR/GR death of a thousand cuts

Another brick in the wall…

This Monday’s LPA hearing continues the DR/GR’s death by a thousand cuts. Hearing on Monday, July 27 The county’s Local Planning Agency on Monday will consider yet another request to develop yet another tract of land in the Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource (DR/GR) area of Southeast Lee County. This time, it’s a group of amendments to…

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lime rock mine

State backs board on mining ruling

An administrative hearing backs county commission’s vote to open up more DR/GR land to limerock mining, further weakening protections to environmentally sensitive lands. Originally published by Bill Smith in the News-Press on June 30, 2020 An effort to overturn a key part of Lee County’s approval of limerock mining at the Troyer Brothers potato farm off State…

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