Posted by Mark Washburn on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 11:08 AM By Mark Washburn / January 25, 2005 Comment
Development would support 62,000 new residents The owners of McDaniel Ranch want to build a community the size of Lehigh Acres in an area just north of the Big Cypress National Preserve in Hendry County. That prospect has conservation groups alarmed, but plans have fallen through to purchase or preserve all or part of the tract. Representatives of the McDaniel family haven't put anything in writing yet, but state and Hendry County officials say the plan is to put 25,000 homes — which would mean 62,500 people — on the 23,000-acre property during the next 30 years. By comparison, Lehigh Acres has a population of about 58,000. 25,000 homes in ranch plans [News-Press]
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