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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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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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County’s Decision to Eliminate Mining Overlay Map is Still Being Challenged

Sakata Seed Corporation, Sakata America Holdings, Inc., and Harlan and Linda Nelson have filed a petition challenging recent Lee County staff-initiated amendments regarding mining. These amendments eliminate mining overlay map (Map 14), revise Table 1(b) to delete mining acres, and remove language requiring mines not on Map 14 to meet a “clear necessity” test based…

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Commissioner Ray Sandelli Fails First Test

On Wednesday, August 21st, the Lee County Commission approved the Troyer Brothers Mine despite residents’ concern and opposition. In his first critical vote on the BoCC, new Commissioner Ray Sandelli voted yes on all three votes needed to approve the mine. Lee Future was among the 20 organizations and citizens to testify in opposition of…

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Attend the August 21st Hearing on Troyer Brothers Mine Proposal

On Wednesday, August 21st, the Lee County Board of Commissioners will hold a hearing to consider three items related to the Troyer Brothers Mine Proposal. 3 Items Under Consideration The first two items under consideration are Comp Plan amendments needed to approve the rezoning request. These are considered legislative actions (not quasi-judicial actions), so anyone…

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Citizen Engagement in Lee County

Lee County government has become the antithesis of what used to be its motto: “community, transparency, and accountability.” Over the past six years, this Board of County Commissioners (with the exclusion of Frank Mann) has systematically dismantled the many ways citizens had opportunities to be engaged in their government. By their policies and actions, the…

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Governor DeSantis Signs Destructive HB 7103 into Law

Last week, we shared a call to action to ask Governor Ron DeSantis to veto HB 7103. Later that day, the Governor chose to sign the bill into law, cutting growth management laws and restricting affordable housing all over Florida. As before, we stand with 1000 Friends of Florida in their disappointment and concern for…

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LAST CHANCE: Ask Governor DeSantis to Veto HB 7103

Today (June 28, 2019) is the last day to contact Governor DeSantis and ask him to veto HB 7103. This bill will limit Florida’s local affordable housing rules and is being called the “death knell for growth management in Florida.” 1000 Friends of Florida wrote an open letter to Governor DeSantis urging him to veto…

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Shameful Charade: Lee County Approves Mining Deregulation

On Wednesday, June 19, the Lee County Commissioners voted in favor of mining deregulation and amending the comprehensive plan to allow mining anywhere in Lee County. Women For a Better Lee released the following email discussing the events of the zoning hearing and how our County Commissioners continue to ignore public input and serve special…

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Paving Paradise: Lee County’s Wetland Development Program

The Lee County Commissioners have proposed an amendment to the County’s land use plan that will allow commercial and industrial development in areas that were once environmentally-protected wetlands. As protectors of our local wildlife and strong believers in environmental conservation and sustainable development, Lee Future is fighting against proposals such as these. Below, Florida Weekly…

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