Tuesday, February 10 was the deadline for the Eden Oak applicant to update the Lee County Hearing Examiner on their progress to submit a legal description to add upland areas from past filling activities to benefit their density calculation.
The applicant has asked for additional time to submit those legal descriptions and anticipates that they will be submitted to the county by Friday, Feb. 14. Once received, the County will begin their land-use boundary interpretation.
A second status report is due to the Hearing Examiner’s Office on or before February 28, 2020, where she will then allocate more time or set the date to resume the rebuttal/closing of the presentations by the applicant and staff.
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.
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