OVERDEVELOPMENT

toll roads to ruin

The road(s) to ruin, continued…

Rural sprawl, the “Airglades International Airport,” and possibly two toll roads running through Southwest Florida’s dwindling open lands? A lot to unpack from this “Naples Daily News” update and interview. Published in the Naples Daily News on August 3, 2020 In the Know: The intersection with the pandemic, a $1 billion loss in one month…

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DR/GR death of a thousand cuts

Another brick in the wall…

This Monday’s LPA hearing continues the DR/GR’s death by a thousand cuts. Hearing on Monday, July 27 The county’s Local Planning Agency on Monday will consider yet another request to develop yet another tract of land in the Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource (DR/GR) area of Southeast Lee County. This time, it’s a group of amendments to…

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toll roads to ruin

TaxWatch, 1,000 Friends oppose Suncoast toll road

Two more groups speak out against the toll-road boondoggle being forced on Florida and rural communities. Originally published by the USA Today Network on July 21, 2020 Watchdog groups raise financial concerns over Suncoast Connector By Jeffrey Schweers Two government watchdog groups are urging fiscal oversight and more financial details for a proposed 150-mile toll…

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toll roads

“Roads to nowhere” take toll on taxpayers

As this recent editorial clearly states, the toll-road boondoggle diverts limited state funds for a project no one (except the special interests) wants. Originally published by the USA Today Network on July 6, 2020 Now is not the time for roads to nowhere USA TODAY Network-Florida https://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/2020/07/06/coronavirus-florida-budget-destantis-toll-roads-affordable-housing-act/5383511002/ Before, during and — someday, we hope —…

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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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covd

Florida’s path to pandemic

How past state actions hampered the Dept. of Health and made today’s coronavirus crisis worse for Florida. Originally Published by Naples Daily News on May 1, 2020 FLORIDA’S PATH TO PANDEMIC  https://www.naplesnews.com/in-depth/news/local/florida/2020/04/30/florida-path-to-coronavirus-pandemic-warnings-ignored-labs-slashed-expertise-lost/3037639001/  Warnings ignored, labs slashed, expertise lost. Actions a decade ago crippled Florida’s response to COVID-19 Lulu Ramadan and Pat Beall, Gannett USA TODAY NETWORK…

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toll roads to ruin

Toll Road Webinar Important Chance to Stop the Roads to Ruin

LeeFuture encourages residents to show up and speak out against the Toll Roads to Ruin during Tuesday’s webinar by the task force making decisions. You must register by 5 today to be able to voice your opposition on Tuesday. Originally published by Progress Florida Public pressure is mounting against the multi-billion dollar rural toll roads…

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hands

Urge the Governor to Veto SB 410’s Attack on Home Rule

From our partners at SCCF (Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation) Please call and email Governor DeSantis, asking him to VETO Senate Bill 410.  Bills have started to be presented to the Governor for signature so now is our last chance to encourage him to veto bad bills that passed during the 2020 legislative session.  Senate Bill 410…

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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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toll roads

Rural roads tussle takes its toll

A good overview of a bad idea, looking at the three toll roads proposed by the Legislature last year to an unenthusiastic response. Unwanted development, habitat and rural land destruction, a taxpayer boondoggle — this one has all the trappings of a Florida fiasco — so we urge you to take action against this plan…

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