The federal government is investigating whether Lee County commissioners violated the Fair Housing Act two years ago when they rejected a proposal for farmworker housing on Pine Island.
The Department of Justice this month opened an investigation into the March 2009 commission vote, which quashed plans for 64 rental homes at a Pine Island palm tree farm owned by TWI 75, LLC.
“Usually at the federal level, those types of things are more routine,” Commissioner John Manning said. “Any time you have the civil rights division looking into something like that, usually they want to be sure that the T’s were crossed and the I’s were dotted.”
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