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The push for localized water quality tests

Letter to the Editor

January 18, 2017
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The push for localized water quality tests.

To the Editor:

The town council is mulling over a very touchy subject, localized water quality tests and to provide the determining information to the general public at large, on a regular basis. ?The town has a unique opportunity to be a trendsetter on water quality information as our local communities #1 issue. We have on staff a natural resources director in Rae Blake who has a masters degree in biology and can provide information to the general public at large about our local community waterways health. We are a 100 percent tourism-based town and without clean water we will lose our billion dollar tourism sector as a result. We as a town full of lack-luster leadership levels have a certain responsibility to inform the general public if our local water is safe to swim in, or come into contact with for nothing more than human health reasons. Why is there no press conference from our local leadership levels last year when the Lake O discharges sent our community into a state of emergency two times in a 6-month period? Why were there signs erected on the east coast on the St. Lucie River to warn and inform human beings of the potential dangers by coming into contact with the same very polluted water we on the west coast received at 85 percent maximum discharge compared to 15 percent on the east coast? Why no signs or information here? Ever! Why did it take the Cape Coral Town Manger to personally close the beach at the Cape Coral Yacht Club? Not the agencies required by state law to do so when blue green algae covered all of our local community waterways. Why did the Cape Coral Town Manger get politically pressured to take down the warning signs the very next day and by who ordered him to do so? ?These are just a few examples of why we as Fort Myers Beach demand localized water quality tests and provide information to the general public at large, now. ?The bottom line is we all want to go swimming as locals and visitors alike.?How can we, when our own local government will not tell us what's in our water. Demand localized water quality tests and provide information to the general public at large now on Fort Myers Beach. ?Be at the Jan. 23 town council meeting to demand localized water quality tests at 6:30 p.m.

SWFL CLEAN WATER MOVEMENT

 
 

 

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