Florida real estate project sensitive to preservation

Developer, environmentalists find a common ground

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NAPLES, Fla.--Perhaps some have visited Disneyworld, attended a conference in Orlando, Fla., or changed planes in Miami, but the vast majority of U.S. residents skip Florida and simply spend their leisure time closer to home. Winter has other draws too--snowbirds also head to Arizona, California and Mexico, or save their hard-earned dollars for a dream vacation to Hawaii. You hear about Florida from friends, often those raised in the Midwest, whose parents retired to the Sunshine State years ago. And, it is important to stay in tune with Florida because it is still the most mentioned retirement state in the country. Yet lately, it seems to be home to tales of condominium "flipping" by gambling investors who turn over properties without any thought of occupying them and of thoughtless developers who have pulled every trick possible to plant the maximum number of units on a given piece of ground--regardless of the topography. But there are also stories about developers and builders who c...