Survey on Collier County Natural Resource Issues

1. Survey on Collier County Natural Resource Issues

 
The League of Women Voters of Collier County is a non-partisan organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government. We neither endorse nor oppose any candidate or political party. After study we do take positions on issues of importance. Protection of natural resources and the role of government in that protection have been of long standing concern to the League. It is with regards to that role of local government in the protection of natural resources that the League will be presenting a report to the community in April. As part of that report, we invite the public to participate in a survey. The results will be shared at the forum in April.

The Board of Collier County Commissioners conducted surveys in 2007 and 2005 to gauge the quality of the job being done by local government. There were two questions asked which addressed growth. The questions and results are as follows:

1. The County Commission is doing a better job of managing growth today than it was 5 years ago:
2007: 46% disagree, 27% no opinion & 27% agree
2005: 40% disagree, 27% no opinion & 32% agree

2. As a place to live, Collier County is better now than it was 5 years ago:
2007: 44% disagree, 20% no opinion & 36% agree
2005: 32% disagree, 20% no opinion & 46% agree

While there may be many reasons why Collier County residents are less pleased with the direction of Collier County, this survey is designed to address the role of the Board of Collier County Commissioners in managing growth from an environmental standpoint.


On a scale of 1-5 (one is the lowest, five the highest), how would you rate the Collier County Commissioners on the following:
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1. Collier County Commissioners are proactive in setting land aside for preservation through land acquisition.
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2. Collier County Commissioners vote for wetlands protection from development.
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3. Collier County Commissioners make decisions that are supportive of Everglades restoration.
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4. Collier County Commissioners vote for smart growth vs. sprawl and overdevelopment.
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5. Collier County Commissioners are proactive in protecting listed endangered or protected species and other wildlife and plant communities.
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6. Commissioners understand the need to begin a county-wide environmental sustainable strategy to promote wise use of resources such as energy, land use, green building construction, etc.
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7. Northern Golden Gate Estates is approximately the size of Washington DC, but receives almost no local, state and federal review for environmental impacts from development and mining. Should Northern Golden Gate Estates be held to the same environmental standards as the rest of the county?
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8. Should the Board of County Commissioners voting record be posted in specific areas and a report card such as this one be issued annually?
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9. Should a moratorium on building be considered until it is determined where our safe, quality drinking water will come from, whether we will have to rely on expensive desalination, and who should pay for it?
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10. Should developers who want to build in wetlands, sloughs or other natural drainage areas be prohibited from doing so, even if they pay mitigation fees for destroying wetlands?
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11. Should Collier County move quickly to enact a fertilizer ordinance to reduce fertilizer runoff into Naples Bay and the Gulf?
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(Note we are the last jurisdiction in SWFL to look at this. The industry wants to pass a bill at the state level that would make this impossible unless a County already has such a law on the books.)
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12. Fill in contact infromation below to complete our survey.
Join us at the Norris Center, 7:00 PM on April 24 to hear the survey results.
13. I wish to be contacted by League of Women Voters regarding other programs.
For more information contact Bonnie Michaels, mwfam@aol.com, (239) 596-9135.
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