In the last election, over 75% of Lee County voters approved Amendment 1 directing the State to acquire and preserve land to protect habitat and clean water. Sadly, some of our county commissioners did not get this message and used our Conservation 20/20 funds as a piggy bank to balance their budget.
Fortunately, in Dick Anderson we have a Republican candidate for county commissioner who understands that voters care about the environment. Dick helped draft the Lee County Comprehensive Plan. He understands that allowing urban sprawl in areas critical to our drinking water supply proves short sighted. As a member of the grassroots committee that formed Conservation 20/20, he knows the importance of acquiring and managing key properties that protect water supply, open space and wildlife habitat.
One of our biggest environmental problems comes from outside our county. Our commissioners have not committed to stopping the fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee that damage our estuaries. Dick has the background and skills to take a stand and work with government agencies and other organizations to solve this problem.
If you voted for Amendment 1, you will want to vote for Dick Anderson.