June 24 was the scheduled date for the Lee County Hearing Examiner to hear the final arguments from the Eden Oak applicant and staff. On May 29, however, the applicant filed another request for a continuance, this time due to possible extended Covid-19 related travel restrictions which would impact the property owner.
On June 4, the Hearing Examiner granted the extension, The closing statements have been rescheduled for December 11, 2020, at 9 am. Click here for the Hearing Examiners order.
The Eden Oak parcel nomination to the Conservation 2020 land acquisition program is still active and SCCF will send out any updates as they occur.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with further questions.