INADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE

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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change

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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diversity

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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wetlands, florida wetlands, wetlands preservation

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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road construction

Collier Commissioners show Lee the way on Impact Fees

While Collier is building funds for infrastructure to handle expected growth, Lee commissioners just build an infrastructure deficit by continuing to under-collect impact fees… ensuring a future of crowded roads, inadequate services and more burden on existing taxpayers. Collier gets it right… so when will Lee commissioners get it? Originally Published in the Naples Daily…

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Eden Oak

Citizens oppose development that would destroy acres of mangroves

The controversial project near Shell Point  would destroy 36 acres of mangroves. After a strong show of opposition, the county hearing was continued until January 7 to allow rebuttal from applicant. Originally published in the News-Press on Dec. 6, 2019 by Bill Smith Opponents of a plan to remove mangroves on the shore of the…

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oak village

Commissioners continue attack on low-density lifestyle

In a decision that overruled both neighbors’ concerns and adjacent land uses, Lee County commissioners approved a high-density development plan in the middle of much lower density neighborhoods near Six Mile Cypress Parkway. In a 3-2 vote Dec. 4, the board approved a proposal for 262 units on 21 acres – almost three times more…

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