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North Fort Myers — Protect one of Lee County’s rural gems
April 12, 2018

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To the editor:

Most of North Fort Myers is Florida "country" at its best - small farms, nurseries, cattle and horse ranches, ECHO, the Civic Center, wildlife preserves, rare bird aviaries, tree farming. People moved "out to the country" for a quieter, back- to-nature lifestyle.

Unfortunately development threatens this community like it does many others. In particular, the latest proposed development of 300-plus units, some low income, on Slater Road will greatly affect the rural lifestyle with an influx of people and probable 1000 extra cars a day traveling the local roads -Slater, Del Prado extension and Bayshore/78. Residents have also been threatened for years with an I-75 interchange through Prairie Pines preserve, which is outdated, unnecessary, goes against federal guidelines and where would the millions come from to build it? The same taxpayer dollars that bought the "preserve" and pay for it.

I moved to North Fort Myers in 2002 to be in a rural area. I know that many of my neighbors feel the same way. We do not want big development in our community. We do not want extra traffic on a two-lane road that would also affect drainage. This area already floods each summer and especially after hurricanes. We do not want our families endangered by all the extra traffic on our roads.

Any development in our neighborhood should respect the rural flavor of North Fort Myers and the lifestyle of its residents.

Lark Campisano

North Fort Myers

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