ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS

blue green algae

Blue-green Algae in our Waters is a Disaster

…And it’s Caused More by Humans than by Nature The battle over water quality and public health returns to the Florida legislature. After last year’s devastating outbreak of blue-green algae and red tide, it seemed every politician vowed to “do something.” Now Florida lawmakers have the chance to demonstrate their commitment with solid action. Lee…

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map 14

The Fight for Map 14 is Not Over. 

October 22 Legal Hearing on LeePlan Changes Lee Future urges all members to support the legal challenge from Sakata Seed against the removal of Map 14 from the Lee Comprehensive Plan.  Tuesday, October 22, 20199:00 am in Courtroom 5F Lee County Justice Center1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers While this is strictly a legal proceeding with…

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Florida springs

Editorial boards urge DeSantis to turn words into action on environmental protection promises

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won some early (and unexpected) plaudits shortly after taking office for making a number of statements in support of Florida environment. This reversal of eight years (and more) of rolling back environmental protection statewide and ignoring the devastating results from this laxity in polluted waters, dying sealife and endangered residents and…

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Lake Algae

“Saving Paradise: It’s Up to Us!” Community Forum

Sponsored by : November 9, 2019, 9:30 am – 11:30 amEstero Recreation Center9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero CHRISTIN COLLINS TO KEYNOTE COMMUNITY FORUM Christin Collins, community advocate and national speaker, will keynote the first public forum sponsored by Women For a Better Lee and Lee Future, two new citizen organizations working for change in Lee…

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water protection

Protecting Florida’s Waters

This editorial by former Florida Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham,and Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine highlight the Florida Conservation Coalition’s water policy initiatives for Florida.  Lee Future believes all these points apply to Lee County’s problems and lack of proactive programs. Article was originally published in theOrlando Sentinel on March 1, 2019 Protecting and…

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road construction

Major Toll Road Projects Opposed by Environmental Groups and Local Governments

Lee Future believes this toll road legislation was passed too quickly, without proper input by citizens, a lack of fiscal vetting before its approval, not enough research on need and impact, and absolutely no input from affected counties affected. The communities these roads will cut through have indicated this is not something they want. This…

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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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