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News Clips 04/19/2013
EDITORIAL: Gifts to FGCU?
Source: Naples Daily News, 04/19/13
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Florida Gulf Coast University’s Faculty Senate leader has it right: FGCU should work to avoid rather than embrace compromising its integrity in return for a land gift.
Gifts by their nature tend to expect something in return, and FGCU, founded with a strong environmental mission and commitment to its surrounding community, should be careful. FGCU ought to be wary of helping legitimize development in the same sensitive area of the 640-acre land gift offered by a private owner.
The perception, denied by the would-be gift-giver and the university, is that in return for the land, which FGCU needs to expand and would share with a mixed-use university village, FGCU would bring its weight and prestige to agencies issuing permits.
FGCU is 16 years old and a village has not been a top priority for FGCU or developers of modern master-planned neighborhoods — until now.
We believe surrounding development as well as FGCU will continue to grow with or without this deal. FGCU expansions can transcend geography — at satellites in Naples, Fort Myers or Cape Coral, for example. Plus, multi-level parking garages on campus have showed there are creative ways to deal with limited space situations on-site. And there is always the Internet for distance learning, one of FGCU’s founding goals.
This is a vulnerable time for the university, with uncertain state budgets and the need for more money for continued basketball success or even to dabble in football.
Still, to keep moving forward at all levels, FGCU ought to strive to protect the integrity it has earned. This deal raises too much concern such as that of the Faculty Senate.