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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 15:38

A Voice For The People

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It's been said that the times
makes the person and 2016 is calling
out for Dick Anderson,
candidate for Lee County Commission
District 3.
Dick is devoted to his loving
family and is motivated to
work as a public servant to leave a
legacy for our children and grandchildren
that protects our unique
natural environment and provides
high quality educational and employment
opportunities.
Having worked in the public
and private sector, Dick brings a
balanced perspective in operating
local government as a business but
with the vision to ensure responsible
stewardship of our land and
water resources. Dick worked as a
Land Planner for Lee County Government
and WCI Communities as
well as for the Little Pine Island
Wetland Restoration and Mitigation
Bank.
Strongly immersed in our
community, Dick has served as an
Adjunct Instructor at Florida Gulf
Coast University teaching courses
on Economics and the Environment
and has volunteered on
numerous organizations including
American Red Cross, Lee County
Chapter, Calusa Nature Center and
Planetarium and Edison Learning
Center Board.
Given that his opponent, incumbent
Larry Kiker is strongly
supported by U.S. Sugar and
developers relentlessly pushing to
increase the density and intensity
in Lee County, Dick offers an exceptional
opportunity for voters to
challenge the status quo and elect a
representative of the people not
special interests.
While Kiker has been noticeably
absent and ineffective in
the effort to address our dirty water
crises, Dick understands that it is
the state that has jurisdiction over
water quality and the overriding
need to hold the state legislature
and South Florida Water Management
District accountable by buying
land south of Lake Okeechobe
to store, treat and convey water to
the Everglades to alleviate the excessive
release of polluted water
that continues to destroy the
Caloosahachee and our coastal estuaries.
Kiker and the majority of
the Lee County Commission supported
an 85% reduction in
impact fees costing the county and
school board approximately $50
million over three years for necessary
infrastructure. Dick well understands
the need to balance the
budget with equitable revenues that
reduce the reliance on property
taxes. Impact fees are an important
source of revenue to ensure that
new development, not the existing
taxpayers, pay for the infrastructure
to accommodate growth. Furthermore
impact fees equals jobs as
the funds are used to pay the labor
workforce to build roads, parks and
schools.
Kiker's recent support of
the Grand Resorts on Fort Myers
Beach not only led to an
state ethics investigation but would
have given away Cresent Beach
Park and jeopardized beach front
homeowners with a half-mile sea
wall that would have exacerbated
coastal beach erosion.
Dick's primary reason for
running for the Lee County Commission
seat is to restore integrity
and honesty to local government
and serve as a Commissioner that
is accountable to everyone and beholden
to no one.
In his campaign literature,
Kiker states that preserving our
pristine environment is a top
goal yet, his actions are contrary to
what he says. In violation of the
public trust, Kiker and the majority
of the Board of County Commissioners
(BOCC) voted to raid the
Conservation 2020 Trust Fund in
the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal
years, in excess of $40 million
dollars, to balance the budget. In
the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the
BOCC
shifted the 0.50 mils, designated
for Conservation 2020, to the General
Fund, effectively undermining
a uniquely successful program.
Dick Anderson was on the
original grass roots organization
that worked with our community to
support Conservation 2020 and he
well understands the importance of
revitalizing the program to conserve
our precious land and water
resources, enhance property values,
and provide open space for public
enjoyment and quality of life.
Shame on Kiker in receiving significant
financial support from Big
Sugar when he was elected in 2012
but, shame on us if he is re-elected.
Make the right choice.
Vote for Dick Anderson.
Ray Judah

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