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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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West First Street

Lee Future Agrees That Fort Myers is Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Unnecessary Development Incentives

Gene Gibson, a longtime resident of Fort Myers, details several wasteful decisions the City of Fort Myers has made in the Operation of its Community Redevelopment District (CRA) in and around its Downtown Area. This needs to stop. See what Gibson has to say and we believe you will agree… OpEd originally published in the…

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toll roads

Senate President’s stance on toll roads concerning

In a statement in December 2019 about the new toll roads he championed, Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) says the state “cannot continue to plan infrastructure in reverse.” Good. Galvano also says the environmental concerns raised about the 330 miles of toll roads he pushed through the last Legislature are “completely overstated.” Not so…

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road closed ahead

Lee County Commission’s impact fees reduction policy has resulted in $137 million in lost revenues to date

…and 3 ½  more years of losses to come! By the time the current impact fee reduction ordinance expires in March 2023, the total impact fee revenues lost could be more than a quarter of a billion dollars. Today Lee Future is releasing the latest Quarterly Impact Fee Revenues Report.  This report documents the actual…

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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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Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement is Crucial to the Health and Growth of County

As Charlotte Newton says in her recent commentary (published both in the Fort Myers News-Press and Naples Daily News , “Civic engagement is alive and well in Lee County–not because of our elected officials but in spite of them.”  Lee Future is one of several citizen groups that have sprung up in response to the…

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LeeTana

Lee County Rezoning Process Designed to Exclude the Public

Lee County Commissioners are poised to approve a controversial new development for North Fort Myers’ Bayshore community allowing 201 homes on 216 acres, over the objections of residents of this rural neighborhood. This development runs counter to the community’s planning goals and contrary to the county’s Lee Plan itself… continuing the Board’s reputation for ignoring…

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