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Opposed to rezoning near Shell Point

By Staff | May 9, 2018

To the editor:

I am writing to let you know about a potential real estate development in the South Fort Myers area.

I live in a community named Palm Acres, a group of about 120 homes surrounded by the Shell Point community. A Canadian developer owns a parcel of land adjoining Palm Acres and has been trying for several years to get permitting for development. His last attempt was through the South Florida Water Management District, but it dropped his application as he never complied with requests for more information.

He is now asking Lee County to rezone the parcel from agricultural to residential. The residents of Palm Acres are limited in their ability to comment in person about this project, as one must attend in person the May 18 hearing in order to be allowed to speak to the commissioners before a final vote is taken at a later date. Many of our residents have already left for their northern homes. The timing and choice of asking for a rezoning is troublesome.

If you are interested in the details of this proposed project, you may email me at marytracysigman115@gmail.com or Rae Ann Wessel, with the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, at rawessel@sccf.org. Both of us has several documents we can share.

This development would increase traffic and be hazardous in the event of another evacuation. Eden Oak proposes to add at least 50 homes to one new access road. No other street in Palm Acres has that many homes on it. The removal of mangroves and disruption of critical aquatic habitat is terrible.

The rezoning hearing will take place on May 18 at 9 a.m. on the Second Floor at the Lee County Hearing Examiners Office, at 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers. I encourage those of you that feel this issue is important to attend and voice your opinion or concern. There has been so much development in Lee County this past year and so many permits have been granted. I fear Eden Oak may pass, too. There is no need for this project, and there is a lot to say against it.

Mary Tracy Sigman

Fort Myers