OVERDEVELOPMENT

Lee County’s recent rock mine decisions endanger critical natural resources

Locally-mined limestone is used for building roads and many kinds of buildings. But limestone has another important use too, naturally cleaning water as it percolates through limestone layers just below ground surface. By removing the limestone, mines take away its natural cleansing function – that’s one of the reasons that the location of mines is…

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collusion

Growth, development interests heavily fund Lee County commissioner campaigns

Do you ever wonder why county commissioners seem to pay more attention to development interests than to views expressed by the general public? Read this important new story from the News-Press, which looks into the influence development interests may be gaining by their outsized role in funding campaigns for Lee County commissioners. Originally published by…

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Lee County Commission’s impact fees reduction policy has resulted in $182 million in lost revenues over the past 7 1/2 years.

A total loss of $284 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 4th Quarter of…

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Mine decision not necessarily a winner

The announced settlement between Lee County and the FFD Land Co. over a disputed mine permit in east Lee County is a real “good news-bad news” outcome. The good news: One less mine – and a very big one as well. The bad news: The potential for up to 5,200 new residences (plus commercial, plus…

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toll roads to ruin

Speak out on toll road proposal

You have until Oct. 14 to comment on MCORES plans. Your chance to comment on the proposed toll roads (“Roads to Ruin”) plans expires Oct. 14… so if you want to be heard on these the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) proposals involved hundreds of miles of toll roads and hundreds of millions…

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Working together against climate change

Find out more about the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact… then urge local officials to join in this crucial effort. Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact  What is resilience? Resilience is the capacity for dynamic systems to anticipate, plan for, and protect against stressors and shocks. In a changing climate, these stressors and shocks can include water…

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lime rock mine

Another mine on the horizon?

The day before Lee County Commissioners approved a new limerock mine in southeast Lee County, the board took the first step toward potentially agreeing to yet another mining operation in that environmentally sensitive area. This one will likely come in through the back door, however – unlike the direct approval of a change in permit…

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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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