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toll roads to ruin

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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toll roads

“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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covd

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 roads to ruin

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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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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change

2020 Vote for Change

The 2020 elections offers three opportunities to vote for change on the Lee County Board of County Commissioners. The current board’s pro-development voting record is undermining decades of long-term planning and growth strategy. In 2016 candidate Dick Anderson ran on the policy ideals we endorse; where growth pays for growth, the environment has precedence over…

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diversity

An economical disaster for Lee’s young professionals

While local officials tout their actions to boost to the local economy, impartial ranking firms beg to differ… with one ranking Lee County as the worst market for STEM professionals of the 100 places they reviewed. The excellent op-ed by Charlotte Newton explains how the county’s focus on being a retiree haven helps to drive…

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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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