ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

Septic System

Task force reports that septic tanks contribute to pollution problem

According to the National Environmental Services Center, Lee County has 132,266 Septic Systems, making this an issue of extreme concern. Fixing, replacing and better monitoring septic tank systems is one key to cutting down on the amount of nutrients polluting Florida’s waterways. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force met for the second…

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mining overlay map, mining

County’s Decision to Eliminate Mining Overlay Map is Still Being Challenged

Sakata Seed Corporation, Sakata America Holdings, Inc., and Harlan and Linda Nelson have filed a petition challenging recent Lee County staff-initiated amendments regarding mining. These amendments eliminate mining overlay map (Map 14), revise Table 1(b) to delete mining acres, and remove language requiring mines not on Map 14 to meet a “clear necessity” test based…

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mining trucks

Commissioner Ray Sandelli Fails First Test

On Wednesday, August 21st, the Lee County Commission approved the Troyer Brothers Mine despite residents’ concern and opposition. In his first critical vote on the BoCC, new Commissioner Ray Sandelli voted yes on all three votes needed to approve the mine. Lee Future was among the 20 organizations and citizens to testify in opposition of…

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algae bloom, cape coral

Challenging Florida to Put Public Health at the Heart of Environmental Policy

The editorial boards of all six USA TODAY Network-Florida news organizations have issued a challenge to our state’s elected leaders: put public health at the heart of environmental policy. At Lee Future, we feel this is directly in line with our mission to improve quality of life for Lee County residents. We support and join…

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Attend the August 21st Hearing on Troyer Brothers Mine Proposal

On Wednesday, August 21st, the Lee County Board of Commissioners will hold a hearing to consider three items related to the Troyer Brothers Mine Proposal. 3 Items Under Consideration The first two items under consideration are Comp Plan amendments needed to approve the rezoning request. These are considered legislative actions (not quasi-judicial actions), so anyone…

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florida panther, local wildlife, DCI2018-10023

Protect Our Environment: Speak Out Against DCI2018-10023

Lee County is currently considering a request to rezone over 112 acres of land from Agricultural (AG-2) to Community Facilities Planned Development (CFPD). The proposed zoning change (case # DCI2018-10023) would allow for the construction of a Solid Waste Transfer Station on protected lands. Moreover, the Green Meadow Road property is located in the DR/GR…

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limerock mining, mining, mining deregulation

Shameful Charade: Lee County Approves Mining Deregulation

On Wednesday, June 19, the Lee County Commissioners voted in favor of mining deregulation and amending the comprehensive plan to allow mining anywhere in Lee County. Women For a Better Lee released the following email discussing the events of the zoning hearing and how our County Commissioners continue to ignore public input and serve special…

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wetlands, florida wetlands, wetlands preservation

Paving Paradise: Lee County’s Wetland Development Program

The Lee County Commissioners have proposed an amendment to the County’s land use plan that will allow commercial and industrial development in areas that were once environmentally-protected wetlands. As protectors of our local wildlife and strong believers in environmental conservation and sustainable development, Lee Future is fighting against proposals such as these. Below, Florida Weekly…

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mining deregulation, mining, limerock mining

Our Last Chance to Dig in Against Proposed Mining Deregulation

We need you to help us show the County Commissioners thatwe will not be discouraged by their past unwillingness to listento the strong arguments against their pending action.   Please join us for this final opportunityto fight back against mining deregulation:County Commission MeetingWednesday, June 19 at 9:30amOld Lee County Courthouse, Downtown Fort Myers Mining is…

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Who Will Benefit from the County’s Wetlands Proposal?

When will it end? This is the question concerned Lee County citizens are asking after the Board of County Commissioners’ May 22nd endorsement of a land use change that would allow commercial and industrial buildings to build in areas that have historically been environmentally protected wetlands. “What’s so disturbing about this change to the Lee…

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