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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-19Lulu Ramadan and Pat Beall, Gannett USA TODAY NETWORK Josh…

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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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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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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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