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Paradise Isle hearing held

After several years and with delays and continuances, the planned Paradise Isle project came before the Hearing Examiner Wednesday and Thursday.  Paradise Isle representatives made their case Wednesday to Hearing Examiner Donna Marie Collins, addressing key issues such as building height, which would be more than double the maximum allowed by Lee County, and traffic in the immediate area. They also testified to the economic impact of the project, and compared it to developments at Tarpon Point and Marina Village in neighboring Cape Coral. The project would create 4,000 jobs during construction as well as more than 1,200 permanent jobs and $1.1 billion in cumulative financial impact, those presenting the developer’s proposal said. On Thursday, Anthony Rodriguez, principal planner for the county, said the county, however, would recommend denial, principally because of the ...

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