Eden Oak

18 Sep 2019

The continued Lee County Zoning Hearing on Eden Oak will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 at 9am.

Although there will be no further opportunity for the public to speak in the Hearing Examiner process there will be a chance for everyone that did speak on the record to address the Board of County Commissioners when this goes to them for a final vote.

We will keep you updated and should you wish to attend the Jan. 7, 2020, meeting to hear the applicant's final rebuttal, the hearing will start at 9 am in the same Hearing Examiner's conference room at 1500 Monroe St., 2nd Floor.

This property has been nominated to the Conservation 2020 Program and will be presented to the County Advisory Committee on Thursday, Dec. 12 to both the Conservation Ranking Subcommittee at 5pm and the full Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee at 5pm. For more information please refer to this link: Conservation 2020 Calendar. Public comment will be taken at these meetings.

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 Policy Director, Rae Ann Wessel at rawessel@sccf.org with further questions.