The second round of shooting began with an early Wednesday morning drive to downtown Ft. Myers, where we met with a local commissioner who shared his personal perspective about the housing boom. Elected officials have certainly received their fair share of criticism for lacking the oversight during the escalation of the housing boom to prevent the rampant overspeculation that has resulted in price collapses. Consequently, they have now encountered criticism for not doing enough to remedy the downturn. Nevertheless, the commissioner expressed a sincere optimism for the future of Southwest Florida, pointing out that economic growth and expansion is no stranger to Lee County, and a plethora of developments are already underway to counter the economic stagnation that resulted from the housing crisis.
The rest of our Wednesday was spent in meetings and on the phone, scheduling some awesome interviews for upcoming weeks. On Thursday, we conducted two fantastic interviews with 2 other Lee County officials, who offered some rather fascinating and humorous assessments of the local situation. Furthermore, we are learning more and more about the history of Lehigh Acres, which was founded in the early 1960s by a group of rather savvy speculators - not unlike the recent batch of troublemakers...stay tuned for more updates!