Environmental and Marine Consultants supporting Florida since 1976
This property was primarily exotic dominated wetlands with a central island of uplands which contained relatively few exotics. These site specific conditions caused a conflict between the agencies requirements to minimize wetland impacts and Lee County’s requirements to preserve indigenous habitat (the uplands). Prior to initiating the required County re-zoning process we obtained an Administrative Deviation from the Lee County Land Development Code to allow the indigenous upland habitat to be developed and the Lee County indigenous habitat requirements to be met through a combination of wetland enhancement, lake littoral zone plantings, planted upland buffers, and mitigation bank credits. This allowed our client to maximize the extent of large contiguous development areas along the road frontage while enhancing degraded wetlands located in the back of the site.