OVERDEVELOPMENT

Another day, another lime-rock mine

On Sept. 16, Lee County Commissioners approved unanimously an application by representatives for Bell Mine, presently a dirt mine on S.R. 82, to become a lime rock mine with blasting and much deeper mining. They voted to approve DESPITE their own county staff recommending that the application be denied and DESPITE prior decisions by the…

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toll roads to ruin

Support sags for ‘roads to ruin’

If, as this article indicates, enthusiasm for the three proposed toll roads is nonexistent (or limited to a handful of lawmakers and lobbyists), why is this expensive boondoggle still being discussed? Published in the News-Press on August 28, 2020 Business support for toll roads lags as opponents still fight them Chad Gillis The state is…

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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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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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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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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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