The cost of housing was a topic of discussion at the last Lee County Community Development meeting.
“Rents have gone up so much since I first moved here," Tracey Fasano said, a Fort Myers resident, "mortgages and housing costs have gone up so much and I’ve only lived here seven years."
A document presented at the public meeting explained impediments to affordable housing . The document outlined the amount of commercial land available in Lee County, the regulations making development difficult and reasonably priced places to live for lower-to-middle income residents.
For Cape Coral builders and realtors, the document doesn't present any new information.
“The entry-level homes we’re building," Joe Calderone said, an employee of Tudor Villas Realty and Construction, “they’re not on the market for more than, like, 20 days. There is not a shortage of people who want houses at this price range. It’s just the supply itself.”
The lack of supply is a deterrent to new people moving in the area and to retain current residents.
Lee County representatives and the Florida Housing Commission decline requests to comment.
“It’s a tough transition to make,” Fasano said. “You used to be able to come to Florida and make a life and I don’t think you can really do that anymore. You have to bring your life with you.”