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Lee County Community Development


December 2014


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FEMA to revise Ten Mile Canal floodway maps

Based on revised hydrology and hydraulics modeling by Lee County, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released preliminary maps revising the boundaries of the Ten Mile Canal regulatory floodway.

The new maps remove approximately 1,200 acres from the current regulatory floodway, where the placement of fill and new construction require No-Rise Certification.

View the maps at and email comments to  For additional discussion about how this remapping affects individual property owners along the Ten Mile Canal, call (239) 533-8705.

To learn more about flood mapping for the unincorporated areas of Lee County, go to

2014 Concurrency Report accepted

The 2014 Lee County Concurrency Report was accepted by Lee County Commissioners during their regular meeting Dec. 16.

The report inventories infrastructure for solid waste disposal, surface water management, potable water, sanitary sewer, parks and recreation, schools, and transportation.  It also assesses how that infrastructure meets the demands of growth.

As allowed by Florida Statute, Commissioners adopted Ord. 14-9, Concurrency Amendment in April to remove mandatory concurrency requirements for parks and transportation from the Lee Plan. Information in the 2014 Concurrency Report regarding these inventories is included for planning purposes only.

For this and other reports, go to

LPA reviews proposed changes to maps, tables

At its December 8 meeting, the Local Planning Agency (LPA) recommended that Commissioners transmit proposed updates and deletions to miscellaneous maps as part of the Comprehensive Plan Amendment CPA2011-00023.

Proposed changes to Lee Plan maps and tables were initiated with the state-mandated Evaluation and Appraisal process.  Details about map updates are posted online and can be viewed along with any other proposed Lee Plan amendment at

Contractors may still renew expired licenses

Renewals of Certificates of Competency for contractors doing business in unincorporated Lee County were due Sept. 30, but may still be renewed through March 2015 with late fees that increase monthly.

The fee for renewal in December is $115 for all trades and $125 for general, building and residential contractors.  Journeyman renewal fees are $39.   

Renew easily online at  Those who must renew in person may do so at the Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers, in the Permitting Lobby.

Certificates for Workers’ Compensation and liability insurance must be active and current in our database.  Verify the status of your certificates online at  Updated insurance certificates can be e-mailed to or faxed to (239) 485-8577.

If your certificate of competency is not renewed or placed on voluntary inactive status by March 31, 2015, it will expire.  The fee for voluntary inactive status is now $34, and you must complete the Application for Inactive Status Form.  Download it at

Renewal of expired certificates requires a new application and approval by the Construction Licensing Board.

Make checks payable to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.

Length of Service awards

Please join us in congratulating Community Development employees receiving Length of Service Awards from Lee County Commissioners.

30 years: Dave Morris, Inspections.

25 years: Rick Burris, Planning; Dave Crabtree, Code Enforcement.

15 years: Audra Ennis, Permitting; Robert Konior, Code Enforcement; Dan Notte, Plan Review.

10 years: Chris Youngblood and Dan Belisle, Inspections; Jennifer Cavanaugh, Permitting.

November 2014 permit report

During November, contractors pulled 72 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at nearly $16.8 million in unincorporated Lee County.  That compares to 75 permits issued in October and 61 issued in November 2013, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.

Also during November, 4 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 8 in October and 31 in November 2013.

General commercial activity was valued at nearly $10.4 million for 14 permits, compared to nearly $52.7 million in October and more than $22.4 million in November 2013. November permits include the $4.2 million parking garage for the new Hertz Corporation headquarters near Williams Road and US 41.

Lee County Community Development issued 2,808 permits of all kinds during November.

For additional permit reports, go to

We’ve got heart!

Lee County employees, including Tom Grissom, Community Development Fiscal Manager, participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk, December 13.

Pictured are, front left to right: Sierra and Jen Fenske, Anita Merricks, Amanda Wilson; and back, left to right, Mickey Cruz, Grissom, and Ron Wilson


Merry Christmas …

County offices closed for holidays

Lee County government, including the Department of Community Development offices at 1500 Monroe St. and 1825 Hendry St. in Fort Myers, will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 25 and 26 for Christmas and Thursday and Friday, Jan. 1 and 2, 2015, for New Year’s.

… and Happy New Year!

Upcoming meetings and public hearings

Local Planning Agency – Monday, Jan. 26, 8:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers


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