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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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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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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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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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2020 Vote for Change

The 2020 elections offers three opportunities to vote for change on the Lee County Board of County Commissioners. The current board’s pro-development voting record is undermining decades of long-term planning and growth strategy. In 2016 candidate Dick Anderson ran on the policy ideals we endorse; where growth pays for growth, the environment has precedence over…

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An economical disaster for Lee’s young professionals

While local officials tout their actions to boost to the local economy, impartial ranking firms beg to differ… with one ranking Lee County as the worst market for STEM professionals of the 100 places they reviewed. The excellent op-ed by Charlotte Newton explains how the county’s focus on being a retiree haven helps to drive…

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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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Changing the Direction of the Lee County Board

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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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