On going updates:
20 Jan 2021
According to County Lands staff and the update included in the agenda being presented this evening to the Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee, the Eden Oak property owners representative stated that the County should expect to receive their privately obtained appraisal soon. Once that information is received, acquisition activities on the property should resume.
On Nov. 19, 2020, the applicant for the proposed Eden Oak development submitted a continuance request due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions to the U.S. from his residence in Canada.
The hearing examiner granted the request the same day. The hearing will resume at 9am on June 3, 2021, at the Hearing Examiner's Hearing Room, 1500 Monroe Street, Second Floor in downtown Fort Myers.
SCCF staff and a representative of Palm Acres and Shell Point attended the Lee County Conservation Lands and Stewardship Advisory Committee (CLASAC) on Oct. 21. Although Eden Oak was not on the agenda, County Lands staff announced that they were contacted by the Eden Oak property owners to let them know that they are under contract with their own appraisers.
County staff signaled that the Eden Oak acquisition negotiations remain in progress. SCCF will continue to post updates as we receive them.
Click here for the agenda: Oct. 21 CLASAC Agenda
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 December 11, 2020, at 9 am. Click here for the Hearing Examiners order.
Conservation 20/20 is a land acquisition and stewardship program to protect natural areas in Lee County for the benefit of present and future generations in Southwest Florida.
We will continue to advocate for the preservation of this valuable mangrove habitat and we thank the many supporters, residents, and advocates that have participated with us on this long Eden Oak journey.
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. Our advocacy has made a difference. However the current plan still 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 Blvd.
The original application for development targeted 158 acres of mangrove wetland and open water to build 252 multi-family units, 54 single-family units, and a 171-slip marina with a clubhouse and community pool. In addition to mangrove habitat destruction and water quality impacts from runoff, the project will impact a number of protected species that live in or utilize the area, including the Florida manatee, Smalltooth sawfish, and the ornate diamondback terrapin. SCCF will continue to track this project through the permit review process. The project is currently under zoning review by Lee County.
The applicant has requested their South Florida Water Management District Application be put on hold for a year.
Please contact our Natural Resources Policy Assistant Holly Schwartz at email@example.com with further questions.