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SCCF provides update on Eden Oak nomination

By SCCF - | Oct 5, 2020


On Sept. 14, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported that the monthly meeting for the Lee County Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee was canceled.

The next CLASAC meeting is scheduled for Oct. 21.

The status of the nomination to purchase the Eden Oak parcel for preservation has not changed since the last update, which was that the landowner had asked to secure their own appraisal to compare to the appraisals already completed by the county for use in the negotiation process, according to the SCCF.

The county is waiting to hear back from the landowner.

The Lee County Hearing Examiner was scheduled to hear final arguments from staff and the property owner on June 24, but due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the examiner granted a continuance. The closing statements have been rescheduled for Dec. 11 at 9 a.m.

The current proposal is to dredge and fill 36 acres of mangrove wetlands to build 55 residential homesites with docks, excavate a new canal and create a boat basin with additional docks.

The SCCF noted that the current plan destroys 36 acres of mangrove wetlands, will put more people in the coastal high hazard area, creates new sources of pollution from runoff, will create boat traffic in sensitive habitat used by a number of threatened and endangered species, and adds traffic to the evacuation and emergency access on Shell Pointe Boulevard.

The project is currently under zoning review by Lee County. In addition, the applicant has requested that their South Florida Water Management District Application be put on hold for a year.