LEE COUNTY COMMISSION BLOG: County recognized with environmental award

Lee County's ongoing effort to deal with wildly conflicting land uses in the southeast part of the county has drawn the attention of 1000 Friends of Florida.

The private not-for-profit planning group recognized the county effort with a Community Steward Award this morning.

Charles Pattison, president of 1000 Friends, said the effort first got the group's attention in 1990 when a compact with the state created the Density Reduction Groundwater Resource area on 83,000 acres there to help protect aquifers and cap the county's eventual population.

The deal left such diverse uses as rock mining and low-density residential in the area, however, and as more people moved in and demand for the valuable rock grew conflicts have been numerous. The county started a complete planning makeover for the area in 2007, sparking changes that continue to be fought both in commission hearings and in courtrooms.

© 2009 marconews.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.