OVERDEVELOPMENT

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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toll roads to ruin

Stand up for Natural Florida: Say NO to the Roads to Ruin!

Add your support to the “No Roads to Ruin” Coalition… click here to lend your voice to a statewide coalition opposing the three toll roads – including the Southwest-Central Florida Connector, extending from Collier County to Polk County — being proposed to destroy large swaths of Florida’s last remaining rural lands, pollute waterways, and threaten…

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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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urban infill

Urban infill in Collier County leading the way

Kudos to the Naples Daily News for showing its support for Collier County’s recent redevelopment approvals that are turning old commercial centers into new housing units. Not only does this repurpose developed (but abandoned) land for a more urgent need, but it encourages development where the infrastructure (roads, utilities, services) already exists to support it…

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Eden Oak

Eden Oak Workshop for Hearing Participants

Workshop for ParticipantsFriday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m.Shell Point Social CenterRSVP: rawessel@sccf.org If you’re concerned about development impacting the fragile wetlands in Punta Rassa, about building more structures in a Coastal High Hazard area, or adding more traffic to an already overburdened evacuation route, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation is holding a workshop to help…

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map 14

The Fight for Map 14 is Not Over. 

October 22 Legal Hearing on LeePlan Changes Lee Future urges all members to support the legal challenge from Sakata Seed against the removal of Map 14 from the Lee Comprehensive Plan.  Tuesday, October 22, 20199:00 am in Courtroom 5F Lee County Justice Center1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers While this is strictly a legal proceeding with…

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citizens rights

If Legislature won’t act to restore planning rights, growth management… we will!

1,000 Friends of Florida, long-time advocate for smart growth and environmental protection, vows to fight for repeal of House Bill 7103 and the return of sound growth management in next year’s Legislature and beyond… to reaffirm that citizens’ rights to hold officials accountable for bad planning and development decisions is crucial to our state’s future….

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Lake Algae

“Saving Paradise: It’s Up to Us!” Community Forum

Sponsored by : November 9, 2019, 9:30 am – 11:30 amEstero Recreation Center9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero CHRISTIN COLLINS TO KEYNOTE COMMUNITY FORUM Christin Collins, community advocate and national speaker, will keynote the first public forum sponsored by Women For a Better Lee and Lee Future, two new citizen organizations working for change in Lee…

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toll roads

Who supports the toll roads? Road builders.

Once again — and this time in a multimillion dollar arena — the Florida Legislature usurped governing bodies responsible for promoting and requesting action, and foisted a massive toll road initiative upon citizens. Their proposed toll roads — never requested and actually objected to by affected counties — will dig through our most environmentally sensitive…

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suburbs

The County Does it Again

Once again the County overrides the community’s plan for the area and extends residential sprawl further into the county’s rural areas. The LeeTana zoning change was passed by all four Commissioners in attendance. Originally Published in the Fort Myers News-Press on October 2, 2019Written by Bill Smith NORTH FORT MYERS RESIDENTS WILL FACE A BIT OF…

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