OVERDEVELOPMENT

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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lime rock mine

Fight over DR/GR mining rules continues

As this good overview of the issue (and the reason for the DR/GR) reminds us, the county’s efforts to open up the DR/GR lands to more mining still faces legal challenges, and Lee Future hopes this suit will overturn the county’s move to eliminate crucial protections to this essential resource area. Expanded limerock mining and…

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mining

DR/GR dying a slow death

The DR/GR is dying a death by a thousand cuts, as county officials allow a variety of projects and requests to nibble away at the thousands of acres in Southeast Lee County once set aside to reduce overall population density (DR) and protect the aquifers in the area (GR) that supply most of Lee County’s…

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Estero Bay

Estero Bay Endangered

As development continues and stormwater management lags behind, Estero Bay is feeling the pressure of pollution and degraded water quality. A report (LINK) from the Cela Tega conference Jan. 25 documents how local residents and experts are rallying to protect this Outstanding Florida Water, but a commentary (LINK) by John Cassani is a sobering reminder…

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toll roads

Toll road will take toll on local rural lifestyle

In a scene that will repeated around the state, the massive toll-road project being pursued by the Legislature will destroy the rural life and environment valued by so many. In Lee County, this is already being noticed in Alva, as documented in this News-Press story: Originally published in the News-Press on Jan. 21, 2020 by…

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impact fees

$270 Million Infrastructure Deficit if Lee County Does Not Change

Lee County Commission’s impact fees reduction policy has resulted in $147 million in lost revenues to date, with a total loss of over $270 million projected before the policy is set to expire Today Lee Future is releasing the latest Quarterly Impact Fee Revenues Report.  This report documents the actual revenues lost (and collected) from…

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Courthouse

A 10-point plan to improve Lee County

In the thoughtful and concise article below, Charlotte Newton with Women for a Better Lee outlines 10 steps that could be taken today to improve Lee County, citizens’ access to government and our quality of life… so why isn’t the county acting? The News-Press, which published Newton’s article, offered the opportunity for a county response….

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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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West First Street

Lee Future Agrees That Fort Myers is Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Unnecessary Development Incentives

Gene Gibson, a longtime resident of Fort Myers, details several wasteful decisions the City of Fort Myers has made in the Operation of its Community Redevelopment District (CRA) in and around its Downtown Area. This needs to stop. See what Gibson has to say and we believe you will agree… OpEd originally published in the…

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