Hearing examiner extends final presentation on Eden Oak
On June 4, the Lee County Hearing Examiner granted an extension to move the final arguments from the Eden Oak applicant and staff from June 24 to Dec. 11. The proposed Eden Oak development is on Shell Point Boulevard at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee near the Sanibel Causeway.
“We will continue to advocate for the preservation of this valuable mangrove habitat, and we thank the many supporters, residents and advocates that have participated with us on this long Eden Oak journey,” Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Chief Executive Officer Ryan Orgera said.
The extension was granted in response to another request for a continuance filed by the applicant on May 29. The basis for the request was possible extended COVID-19 related travel restrictions that would impact the property owner.
The applicant’s proposal is to dredge and fill 36 acres of mangrove wetlands to build 55 residential homesites with docks, including the excavation of a new canal and the creation of a boat basin with additional docks. The plan will put more people in the coastal high hazard area, create new sources of pollution from runoff, create boat traffic in sensitive habitat used by a number of threatened and endangered species, and add traffic to the evacuation and emergency access on Shell Point Boulevard, according to the SCCF.
The Eden Oak parcel nomination to the Conservation 20/20 land acquisition program is still active, and the SCCF will send out any updates as they occur.