Letters to the editor
Friday, November 29, 2002
Kick those bad habits
Editor, Naples Daily News:
I ask the present Lee County Commission to maintain its
resolve against what has become institutionalized enthusiasm for
uncontrolled growth in Florida and not allow further zoning
changes that foster uncontrolled growth.
Lee has a relatively strong comprehensive plan that is
effective in guiding growth in a sustainable manner; however,
every change weakens this document.
Our rate of growth is faster than Mexico or India, and
Florida uses more water per capita than any other state in the
country. We have been in drought conditions for the past several
years, with mandatory water restrictions, yet permits are issued
for residential developments and golf courses that will put in
more wellfields to dry up our water resources.
It is clear that careful oversight of the process is
necessary to maintain the quality of life for all the residents.
Any further zoning changes that increase the demand on the
already stressed water supply will not be ones we can make up
Lee County commissioners have the important responsibility of
being at the heart of local government of, by and for the
people. It is up to them to preserve the quality of life for the
public interests at large.
We understand the rights of individual property owners; yet,
we cannot remain addicted to uncontrolled growth.
We look to the commission to follow the growth-management
rules in place, and to the residents of Lee County to actively
participate in public hearings so the commission knows our
concerns and desires.
— Caroline LeGette/Sanibel
President, Responsible Growth Management Coalition