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Guest opinion: Foresight should be 20/20 too for land preservation

September 13, 2013

In 1996, when a group of concerned citizens realized that Lee County was well on its way to becoming a smaller mirror-image of the overly urbanized Florida east coast, they launched a campaign to......

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Sep-14-13 9:21 AM

ConJob 2020 was to be a temporary program. It had noble origins, by design no doubt. Once the cash began to flow the career liars, cheats, & sociopaths moved in. It has reduced the amount of taxable land in the county and increased property taxes privately held parcels. The program overpaid for properties that no doubt benefited something or someone other than its stated intent. After years of corruption they placed a “freeze” on acquisitions. But the money kept flowing in. All that money! So we’ll just steal it outright says the current commission, no much of a surprise there. The program as acquired nearly 25,000 acres (nearly 40 square miles) and has fueled the religion of environmentalism locally, enough already! The sun sets every day, it is time for 2020 to sunset. Mission accomplished.

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Sep-19-13 11:14 PM

Take a good look at the Board of County Commissioners. It is the last time we will see them sitting on that board. There is not one there that could come up with cutting $30 million in 2 years out of a bloated budget? They spent their brains out last year having a $50 million shortfall and spending $36 million on land at the 11th hour. What a*****disgrace they are!!!!!!!!!!

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Sep-24-13 9:33 AM

You’re (CC Breeze) so thoughtful to provide a venue for the local residents to convene and discuss the issues “honestly.” Social media has the potential to replace the public square, and god knows our nation and humanity is in dire straits. Pardon me going on from the Soap Box, but, there doesn’t seem to be anyone clamoring for the mic. The need for such a free forum (proximate to news and opinion page) cannot be over stated. We know money is not speech and corporations are not people. There’s no equal representation by talk radio, TV or news papers that demand payment, beyond exposure to commercial ads. Of course someone must pay the bills… The trend of news papers to demand subscription for access to their “news reporting” screams bias toward the relatively well off. Such a forum can be an off ramp of the masses to your door CC Breeze. Even the most bereft of us can walk into a public library and have his say.

Promote and develop a socioeconomic forum – you will be inundated.

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Sep-24-13 10:14 AM

Sorry jg, we're no way near too environmentally over done. On it hinges the largest component of our economy, not to mention our habitat. You do want clean water and a healthy estuary don't you? Do you?

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