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Wednesday, 18 October 2023 21:20

Lee County Floodplain: Repair, Elevate, Buyouts

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Fort Myers Beach, FL - Lee County is taking steps to enhance resilience against potential future hurricanes, floods, and natural disasters. A new program proposed by the Lee County Office of Strategic Resources and Government Affairs (SRGA) could impact properties in 100-year floodplains or wetlands.

Quick Highlights:

Programs: Lee County SRGA introduced the Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, and Elevation Program alongside the Voluntary Residential Buyouts Program.
Funding: $250 million from the CDBG-DR grant will go towards home repairs, reconstructions, elevations, and acquisitions after Hurricane Ian damages.
Duration: The project will span from 2023 to 2029.
Purpose: Repair damaged homes, elevate structures, and acquire properties prone to repetitive loss. Once bought, properties will turn into open green spaces for recreational or environmental uses.
Location: The initiatives will occur in various Lee County locations. The specifics will be decided later.

Why Should You Care?:

Environmental Concern: The county wants to gather opinions on these floodplain and wetland projects. They're keen to hear alternatives and insights that might reduce environmental impact.
Risks & Impacts: If the Federal government gets involved in floodplain/wetland projects, those in these areas might face greater risks or ongoing challenges.

Voice Your Thoughts:

Lee County encourages residents and interested parties to provide feedback by October 23, 2023.

Online: Send comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Early Floodplain Comments" in the subject.
Offline: Drop written thoughts at Lee County Government County Administration, c/o Strategic Resources and Government Affairs, 2115 Second Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901, between 9 AM to 5 PM.
Detailed plans, maps, and more info can be found at Feedback is welcomed from everyone, regardless of background or circumstance.

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