Plans for the future of wildlife in a study area surrounding Florida Gulf Coast University took a back seat to the underlying discontent among some members of the Arnold Committee selected to make recommendations for the protection of southeast Lee County's delicate flora and fauna as development outside of the campus erupts.
Lee County attorney Tim Jones walked out of a meeting with members of the Arnold Committee's wildlife subcommittee Tuesday after learning State Rep. Keith Arnold denied a motion made by Jones on June 28 to characterize the group's sole goal be to identify habitat for protected wildlife.
Arnold, D-Fort Myers, established the committee last year as part of a settlement agreement between FGCU planners and the Responsible Growth Management Coalition (RGMC)- an environmental group dedicated to controlled growth in Lee County. The group objected to building the state's 10th university on the environmentally sensitive site chose for the campus in southeast Lee County. The committee's purpose is to determine how best to manage growth around the university without seriously impacting wetlands, wildlife and water supplies in the area.
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