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Why Should We Care about the DR/GR

In 1990 Lee County and the State of Florida agreed to zone all the county east of Estero as:

Density Reduction…
Groundwater Resource…area

The name tells it all.

Density Reduction: Because Lee County has two of the largest pre-platted and largely unbuilt, communities in Florida…Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres …without any development in the DR/GR, the County’s build-out population is about 1,300,000, nearly double our present population approaching 700,000. Thus the County and the State then established a maximum development of 1 housing unit per 10 acres of uplands and 1 unit per 20 acres of wetlands.

Groundwater Resource:
Lee County and Bonita Springs Utilities have about 250 water wells in the DRGR that supply a sizeable majority of the fresh water used by Lee County residents every day. The vast wetlands in the DRGR slow down, clean and store the rainwater and the water flowing from central Florida so that the aquifers are recharged and that the water flowing downstream into Bonita Springs and Estero is cleaner and doesn’t flood our rivers and streams and doesn’t Further pollute Estero Bay.


  1. Let’s not be so quick to develop this land and focus on the infrastructure in this area. Like Corkscrew Rd. 8500 doors have been approved for the access of Corkscrew Rd. We need another lane and a solution for access to 75.

  2. We encourage you to express your opinion directly to the five Lee County Commissioners at their January 25 (9:30 AM) Board Meeting at the old Lee County Courthouse in downtown Ft Myers. It’s best to express your opinion in person.

    Lee County Courthouse address: 2120 Main Street, Fort Myers. Park in the lot in adjacent block at the corner of Main St and Hendry St. Ask the receptionist in the Courthouse for a validation ticket for complimentary parking.

    ** County Commissioners’ email addresses: District 1-John Manning; District 2-Cecil Pendergrass; District 3-Larry Kiker: (this is Estero’s district); District 4-Brian Hamman; District 5-John Mann

    All five email addresses (for cut and paste):;;;;

  3. We have a moral obligation to preserve this land for future generations. Once we allow this land to be over developed and the water is damaged or destroyed it is like letting the air out of a balloon. It can never be put back. This to me is the most important issue for keeping the 1990 agreement.

  4. I am in favor of waiting until the study is complete re Pepperland Ranch. There has to be some point at which we put a stop to all this building.

  5. Let’s work to keep as much of the DR?GR and its surrounding areas as free of development as possible. Clean water, like air, is a valuable asset for all to enjoy and thrive, not to mention the congestion and pollution the development creates.

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