Letters to the editor for Sunday, June 19, 2022

Letters to the editor for Sunday, June 19, 2022
Editorial cartoon

Metropolis’s housing disaster will proceed

Now that Jacqueline McMiller has withdrawn, the mayor of Fort Myers is ready to maintain the job for 4 extra years with out an election — and our metropolis’s housing disaster will proceed.

Mayor Anderson’s marketing campaign web site guarantees that he’ll “enhance our neighborhoods in order that property values improve.” What does that imply for folk already struggling to afford housing? Most certainly, it would quickly be time for them to search out someplace cheaper to stay and transfer on.

The mayor touts formation of process forces to deal with reasonably priced housing and homelessness as two of his key achievements, however growing property values result in will increase in hire, taxes, insurance coverage and upkeep, which doesn’t assist affordability or homelessness.

Anderson claims that prime property costs “profit the home-owner, the encircling group, and the town as a complete.” Whereas the town actually advantages — greater property values imply greater taxes — and so do some house sellers, the advantages to householders and the group are much less clear. Taxes and insurance coverage are up, and the folks being displaced from Fort Myers by excessive housing prices embody valued group members who might be missed. There are additionally prices to each the group and companies attributable to employee shortages when low-wage workers can not afford to stay close by, making hiring and holding employees tougher.

Sara Goldstein, Fort Myers

No excessive THC pot retailers in Collier

I used to be horrified to listen to that some on the Collier Fee wish to take off the ban on merchandising THC merchandise right here.