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Commissioner should ask ‘what will it cost?’

September 18, 2013

To the editor: This is another letter taking pot-shots at the Lee County commissioners for not taking appropriate actions even after they have been advised by other knowledgeable contemporaries......

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Sep-19-13 12:36 PM

You say, “The subject property is anything but an island; in fact it is nearly 100 acres. Land mass this size can accommodate reasonable mixed uses by placing moderate density residential uses next to existing low density residential uses which is followed by commercial activities to support the population expansion in the area.” It seems to me you have the “commercial activities to support the population” equation backwards. A legitimate business feasibility study reveals whether the population can justify private investment costs in the business in that area. i.e. The businesses have investment risks involving their money. The current way of doing business in Florida is the public buys the land; fixes it up; maintains it forever while the businesses operate, basically without risking their own money.

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Sep-22-13 12:17 PM

You say, "The county pays a law firm to protect the county's and taxpayer's interests." In an ideal world that MAY make sense but IN REALITY that is not true.

Since the county purposely misrepresents its finances whereas to lie to the public no HONEST law firm can ALSO represent the public's interests. This is why I so vehemently oppose the city-manager style of government. The City Manager ONLY protects the thieves. There is NO exception to this fact.

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