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County approves controversial changes to building height codes

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Sep 05, 2023

CAPTIVA, Fla. — Wednesday, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted four to one to approve amendments to the county development codes, allowing higher buildings to be constructed on Captiva Island.

The approval of these amendments followed Tuesday's vote to adopt the ordinance amending the codes.

The change was first proposed by South Seas Island Resort earlier this summer and faced backlash from many residents and community organizations. It provides a pathway for the resort to now request rezoning on the island, allowing buildings to exceed the previous two-story limit.

These amendments will now go to the state for approval. Check back with Fox 4 for updates.