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Lee County Commission’s impact fees reduction policy has resulted in $170 million in lost revenues over the past 7 ¼ years.

A total loss of $279 million is projected before the policy is set to expire in 2023 Today Lee Future is releasing the latest Quarterly Impact Fee Revenues Report.  This report documents the actual revenues lost (and collected) from the beginning of the impact fee reduction policies in March 2013 through the 3rd Quarter of…

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LeeTran public workshops: now is the time to be a part of the ten year plan

You are invited to help Lee County prioritize improvements for LeeTran’s 10-year Transit Development Plan. Join one of the following virtual public meetings to provide your feedback to develop a successful plan that will meet the community’s transit needs in the next 10 years. Virtual Public Workshop #1: Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30 – 7:00…

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2045 Transportation Plan Virtual Workshop

2045 may seem like the far distant future, but in transportation planning, it’s the next cycle of roadway funding, designing, and building. The decisions made now will affect our quality of life for the coming decades. That’s why Lee Future urges readers to participate, follow and contribute to the planning process now to ensure our…

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Unraveling the Mystery of Development Impact Fees

Few people understand impact fees.  Estero Council of Community Leaders’ (ECCL) COO, Mark Novitski has written a primer on how they are calculated, what they can be used for, and who sets the rates.  Take the time to understand impact fees.  As ECCL’s paper says: “Knowledgeable people are influential people.” Originally published by the ECCL on…

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Lee County Commission’s impact fees reduction policy has resulted in $161 million in lost revenues over the past 7 years.

A total loss of $276 million is projected before the policy is set to expire in 2023 Today Lee Future is releasing the latest original Quarterly Impact Fee Revenues Report.  This report documents the actual revenues lost (and collected) from the beginning of the impact fee reduction policies in March 2013 through the 2nd Quarter…

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Governor Clarifies Stay-at-Home Executive Orders to Address Confusion

Confusion continues about Florida’s Stay-at-Home Orders.  As Lee Future reported yesterday [https://leefuture.com/second/], Governor DeSantis’ Second Executive Order created confusion, and lacked openness and transparency.  This led to varying interpretations by local officials about what it means for existing local orders.  The apparent reason for the Governor’s 2nd Order was to clarify that local governments could…

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Governor’s Secret Second Order

Just hours after the roundly publicized “Safer at Home” Order, Florida Governor DeSantis quietly signed another Order which strikes another blow for home rule, sows confusion, and shows a distinct lack of openness and transparency. Local governments are left without the power to specify what activities are non-essential or unlawful within their own borders (such…

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State finally issues “stay at home/essential services” order

Gov. DeSantis has finally taken more definitive state action to stem the spread of COVID-19, limiting activities to essential services until the end of April. This came after weak (or no) action by some local governments (including Lee County) and calls from Florida’s citizens and leaders to be more aggressive against this deadly disease. Lee…

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Citizens comment on county’s COVID-19 response

Lee County residents have been contacting County Commissioners prior to today’s emergency meeting. Here’s what your neighbors are saying: Dear Commissioners, At your emergency meeting on COVID-19 this morning I implore you to take aggressive and mandatory measures NOW to protect the health and safety of Lee County residents. Rather than keeping our health care…

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County to revisit COVID response Monday.

LeeFuture wants to keep County residents informed on the County’s stance on restrictions for residents. Originally published in the News-Press on Thursday, March 26 by Bill Smith Lee County stops short of closing businesses to slow COVID-19 spread Bill Smith, Fort Myers News-PressPublished 6:15 p.m. ET March 25, 2020 | Updated 6:39 a.m. ET March…

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