Water-Related News

Lee County commissioners cut developer a break over N. Ft. Myers septic tanks

Overruling the recommendations of its staff and chief hearing examiner, Lee County commissioners have voted to allow a developer to build a warehouse-style building in North Fort Myers without making a $45,000 connection to the public sewer system.

The decision allows Realmark Storage LLC to install a septic tank on the site instead of extending the Florida Governmental Utility Authority sewer line past its property.

County code requires construction generating more than 5,000 gallons of sewer flow per day to use the sewer system. Realmark's engineers say washrooms and a caretakers residence will contribute less than 500 gallons per day.

Hearing Examiner Donna Marie Collins rejected the developer's request to put another septic tank on US 41 in North Fort Myers, rather than installing a sewer line extension even though they would use 5,000 gallons daily.

FGUA sewer lines are extended at the landowner's expense when new construction is approved.