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Lee County Community Development

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August 2014

 

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Population grows 1.6% in Lee County

The total population of Lee County, estimated at 653,485 by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida, grew by 10,118 or 1.6 percent over 2013. It’s an increase of 34,731 or 5.6 percent over the 2010 Census.

In unincorporated Lee County, population grew to 361,890, up 1.3% over 2013 and up 4.7 percent over the 2010 Census.

At 3.5 percent, the City of Fort Myers had the greatest annual rate of growth over the last year.  At 6 percent, the City of Cape Coral had the greatest rate of growth since the 2010 Census.

The bureau’s annual statewide population report is released in August and is based on a survey conducted each April.  These are preliminary estimates subject to comment from local communities.

Here’s a summary of the 2014 report:

 

 

2014 Population Estimate

2013 Population Estimate


Change from 2013

Percent change

Unincorporated Lee County

361,890

357,168

4,722

1.32%

Bonita Springs

45,819

45,229

590

1.30%

Cape Coral

163,599

161,069

2,530

1.57%

Fort Myers

69,437

67,081

2,356

3.51%

Fort Myers Beach

6,250

6,323

(73)

(1.15%)

Sanibel

6,490

6,497

(7)

(0.11%)

Total Lee County

653,485

643,367

10,118

1.57%

 

STATE, COUNTY CONTRACTOR LICENSES EXPIRE

State license renewal due by Aug. 31

Contractor Licenses issued through the State of Florida will expire August 31, 2014.  If you have not updated your State license, we cannot issue permits under your expired license.

In order to issue a permit, we must verify your active license status through the Website of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation or by you providing a copy of your license at the time of permitting.  Worker’s compensation and general liability insurance must be up-to-date and must identify Lee County as an additional certificate holder.

For more information about registering a state license, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/ContractorLicensing.

County competency certificate renewal begins

Renewal of Certificates of Competency for contractors doing business in unincorporated Lee County begins Aug. 18 and continues through Sept. 30, when county licenses expire. After that, late fees increase monthly through March 31, 2015.

Renew easily online at www.leegov.com/dcd/ContractorLicensing.  Those who must renew in person may do so at the Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers, in the Permitting Lobby.

For renewals, certificates for Workers’ Compensation and liability insurance must be active and current in our database.  Verify the status of your certificates online at www.leegov.com/econnect.  Updated insurance certificates can be e-mailed to ContractorLicensing@leegov.com or faxed to (239) 485-8577.

The fee for renewal is $90 for all trades and $100 for general, building and residential contractors.  Journeyman renewal fees are $24.  Fees increase monthly after September.

The fee for voluntary inactive status is $18, and you must complete the Application for Inactive Status Form.  Download it at www.leegov.com/dcd/ContractorLicensing.

Make checks payable to the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.

If your certificate of competency is not renewed or placed on voluntary inactive status by March 31, 2015, it will expire.  Renewal of expired certificates requires a new application and approval by the Construction Licensing Board.

LeeSpins updates aerials to 2014 photography

Aerial photography available for Map Contents selections through the Lee Spatial Information System (Lee Spins) has been updated with 2014 photography flown January through March.

View the aerials on Lee Spins at http://leegis.leegov.com/LeeSpInS/ Contact the Lee County GIS Department for additional information.

Length of Service Awards

Please join us in congratulating the following Community Development employees receiving Length of Service Awards at the Aug. 19 meeting of the Lee Board of County Commissioners:

30 years – Linda Sloan, plan review;

15 years – Bill Keeler, code enforcement; Nick Powell, inspections;

10 years – Michael Anderson, code enforcement; Morgan Highfill and James Winfield, inspections; Mike Harmon, development services.

July 2014 permit report

During July, contractors pulled 97 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at nearly $26.8 million in unincorporated Lee County.  That compares to 95 permits issued in June and 85 issued in July 2013, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.

During July, contractors pulled 97 permits to building single-family houses collectively valued at nearly $26.8 million in unincorporated Lee County.  That cmopares to 95 permits issued in June and 85 issued in July 2013, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.

Also during July, 50 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 83 in June and 11 in July 2013. 

General commercial activity was valued at nearly $9.4 million for 16 permits, compared to $5.3 million in June and nearly $5 million in July 2013.

Lee County Community Development issued 3,768 permits of all kinds during July.

For additional permit reports, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/Reports.

County offices closed Sept. 1

Lee County government offices, including Department of Community Development offices at 1500 Monroe St. and 1825 Hendry St. in Fort Myers, will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 for Labor Day.

Upcoming meetings and public hearings

Lee Board of County Commissioners – Tuesday, Aug. 19, 9:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers; discuss setting public hearing date of Sept. 2 for use of golf carts on specific portions of Pine Island and replacement of the Lee County noise control ordinance; 5 p.m. public hearing on proposed fare increases for LeeTran

Local Planning Agency – Monday, Aug. 25, 8:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers

Executive Regulatory Oversight Committee – Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2 p.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers

Land Development Code Advisory Committee – Friday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers

Lee Board of County Commissioners – Monday, Sep. 15, 9:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers; CPA2012-00001 River Hall transmittal hearing.

For the detailed calendar, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/calendar.  

 

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