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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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New study undercuts toll road claims

In another win for reality over rhetoric, a new report rebuts many of the claims made to support the M-CORES toll road plan. Will lawmakers listen? Published by Naples Daily News on Sept. 17 by Karl Schneider New study refutes benefits of 3 proposed toll roads in Florida A consulting group refuted a handful of…

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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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If not now, when?

ICYMI, Jim Nathan’s thoughtful  essay on racial respect and awareness is worth your attention… Special to the News-Press on August 16, 2020 Racial respect. If not now, when? Jim Nathan Our community has an opportunity to participate in a growing national movement demonstrating racial respect and awareness while rejecting hate and bigotry. Nothing will erase…

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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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“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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State backs board on mining ruling

An administrative hearing backs county commission’s vote to open up more DR/GR land to limerock mining, further weakening protections to environmentally sensitive lands. Originally published by Bill Smith in the News-Press on June 30, 2020 An effort to overturn a key part of Lee County’s approval of limerock mining at the Troyer Brothers potato farm off State…

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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 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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Urge the Governor to Veto SB 410’s Attack on Home Rule

From our partners at SCCF (Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation) Please call and email Governor DeSantis, asking him to VETO Senate Bill 410.  Bills have started to be presented to the Governor for signature so now is our last chance to encourage him to veto bad bills that passed during the 2020 legislative session.  Senate Bill 410…

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