OVERDEVELOPMENT

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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Septic System

Task force reports that septic tanks contribute to pollution problem

According to the National Environmental Services Center, Lee County has 132,266 Septic Systems, making this an issue of extreme concern. Fixing, replacing and better monitoring septic tank systems is one key to cutting down on the amount of nutrients polluting Florida’s waterways. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force met for the second…

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The villages

The Villages Proves Growth Does Not Pay for Itself

An object lesson from The Villages (fastest growing metro area in the U.S.) about the consequences of rapid growth without infrastructure and revenues to pay for it. A reminder that Lee County’s 10-year policy of slashing impact fees on new developments will come home to roost in the not too distant future, and it’s the…

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mining trucks

Commissioner Ray Sandelli Fails First Test

On Wednesday, August 21st, the Lee County Commission approved the Troyer Brothers Mine despite residents’ concern and opposition. In his first critical vote on the BoCC, new Commissioner Ray Sandelli voted yes on all three votes needed to approve the mine. Lee Future was among the 20 organizations and citizens to testify in opposition of…

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Attend the August 21st Hearing on Troyer Brothers Mine Proposal

On Wednesday, August 21st, the Lee County Board of Commissioners will hold a hearing to consider three items related to the Troyer Brothers Mine Proposal. 3 Items Under Consideration The first two items under consideration are Comp Plan amendments needed to approve the rezoning request. These are considered legislative actions (not quasi-judicial actions), so anyone…

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sprawl, cost of sprawl

The Cost of Sprawl to Lee County Residents

Someone wants to build a big new development out in the middle of nowhere in Lee County. As a Lee County taxpayer and resident, why should you care? Easy… because that new development will cost you money. Money needed to build or expand infrastructure to accommodate these new residents. Money lost in traffic tie-ups, property…

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