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.
• 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.
• 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 www.leegov.com/recovery/cdbg-dr. Feedback is welcomed from everyone, regardless of background or circumstance.