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Two bad moves for Florida

In this op-ed from the Conservancy, Nicole Johnson makes a compelling case why both the “toll roads to nowhere” and the state effort to take over wetland permitting from the feds are bad ideas — especially at a time when state budgets are getting bashed by the coronavirus. Guest Opinion Published in the News-Press Oct….

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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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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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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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lime rock mine

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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