INADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE

deficit increases

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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confusion

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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Executive Order

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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stay home

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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covd

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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highway

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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spread

Is Lee county ready for COVID-19?

For whatever reason, our country and our county failed to take seriously the situation we were witnessing in China this past January. Now it’s time for people to ask questions as coronavirus spreads. Originally published by Women for a Better Lee We want to know  So here we are.  Unprepared.  Scared.  Vulnerable.  We take precautions. …

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veto hb 7103, affordable housing, growth management

Workers squeezed by high housing costs, low pay

All across Florida, workers are being priced out of the housing market — as this report targeting how teachers are tackling the problem clearly shows. A strong case for affordable housing and better pay for these crucial employees. Originally published in the USA Today Network on March 4, 2020 by Ryan McKinnon and Matt Wynn…

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congestion

We can’t build our way to less traffic congestion

While local governments routinely claim the only way to combat more traffic is to build more roads, a new report from Transportation for America makes a case that’s the wrong solution AND the wrong question. The Congestion Con How more lanes and more money equals more traffic. “Eliminating congestion is also simply the wrong goal….

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medical care

Your Chance to Comment on County’s Public Services Analysis

Lee Future encourages broad public response to this important analysis of quality of life issues in Lee County, which we reported on earlier this month. Deadline for public comment is March 20, 2020. Lee County commissioned the Human Services Gap Analysis to assess access to publicly funded services and supports in our community. The analysis…

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