ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

toll roads

Toll road will take toll on local rural lifestyle

In a scene that will repeated around the state, the massive toll-road project being pursued by the Legislature will destroy the rural life and environment valued by so many. In Lee County, this is already being noticed in Alva, as documented in this News-Press story: Originally published in the News-Press on Jan. 21, 2020 by…

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Florida Capitol

Florida Legislative Session Requires Close Attention

Lee Future urges readers to join us in actively monitoring and participating in the legislative consideration of the development review process and to protect and restore local control of these matters. These decisions should remain here with us, the residents of Lee County. OpEd originally published on Jan. 8, 2020 by Roger Williams in Florida Weekly The…

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conservation 2020

A way to better water management?

A plan to include more of Lee County in the Big Cypress Basin water management area could mean more water quality efforts to benefit the southern portion of the county at a lower cost to taxpayers… and could make more sense overall in terms of surface water management. LeeFuture encourages local officials to keep investigating…

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Changing the Direction of the Lee County Board

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wetlands, florida wetlands, wetlands preservation

Tell commissioners to protect wetlands, and don’t adopt this plan amendment

Lee Future urges readers to send the following to Lee County commissioners before the Wednesday, December 18 hearing: We oppose Comprehensive Plan Amendment 2019-00001 which allows for non-residential impacts on wetlands. We ask that you not adopt this amendment because it will open up wetlands to non-residential development in a manner currently prohibited by the…

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Florida forever rally

Groups rally for Florida Forever

Local event, groups part of statewide push to secure full funding for state land conservation program. Floridians Gather Across the State to Demand Land Conservation Funding  Five years after the overwhelming passage of the Water and Land Conservation constitutional amendment, and after five long years of waiting for the legislature to abide by the will…

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Eden Oak

Citizens oppose development that would destroy acres of mangroves

The controversial project near Shell Point  would destroy 36 acres of mangroves. After a strong show of opposition, the county hearing was continued until January 7 to allow rebuttal from applicant. Originally published in the News-Press on Dec. 6, 2019 by Bill Smith Opponents of a plan to remove mangroves on the shore of the…

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toll roads to ruin

Stand up for Natural Florida: Say NO to the Roads to Ruin!

Add your support to the “No Roads to Ruin” Coalition… click here to lend your voice to a statewide coalition opposing the three toll roads – including the Southwest-Central Florida Connector, extending from Collier County to Polk County — being proposed to destroy large swaths of Florida’s last remaining rural lands, pollute waterways, and threaten…

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elections

Why We Support Nick Batos for County Commissioner

Lee Future believes the election of Nick Batos to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners in 2020 will have a dramatic impact on the future of our county. When elected Batos plans on working with Frank Mann, who is seeking reelection in 2020, to change the direction of the county.  The following interview from…

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conservation 2020

Lee Future urges Florida legislature to fully fund Florida Forever

Lee Future is one of 141 civic, environmental and other organizations from throughout Florida urging the Florida Legislature to approve legislation that will once again fully fund Florida Forever. The state’s premier land conservation program has been grossly underfunded these last 10 years, ever since the Great Recession of 2008. This program, if fully funded, could…

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