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Candidate forum Feb. 26

To the editor:An open forum will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Raphael's Episcopal Church located at 5601 Williams Drive, Fort Myers Beach.We have seven candidates seeking three council seats.Come with your questions in hand and that will enable you and other ...

In support of Veach

To the editor:I know someone who cares deeply about Fort Myers Beach. Since he has lived on the beach, he has volunteered his time and energies to enhance life on the beach for us all. That is one of the reasons the town awarded him Citizen of the Year in 2018.He has volunteered his time and ...

Guest Commentary: It’s long past time to get water right

For decades, the Sugar Industry has convinced state and federal regulatory agencies to retain high water levels in Lake Okeechobee prior to the summer wet season to ensure sufficient water supply to irrigate sugar cane fields as insurance against possible drought conditions. Coastal communities ...

Speed-limit change creating safety worries on Estero Bay

To the editor:I live in a condo on the south end of Fort Myers Beach and have great concerns about the new boat speeds in Estero Bay.Since the speed limits have been increased to 25 mph the boat traffic appears chaotic with some going slow and many going very fast. It's a wonder there have not ...

Concerned about boat speeding and manatee deaths

To the editor:I just got done reading the disturbing article in the Jan. 22 edition regarding Lee County leading the state in manatee deaths in 2019. I am a part-time resident on the south-end of the Island near Santini Plaza/ Fish Tale Marina. This visit I noticed an increased number of boats ...

Say no do dune walkover

To the editor:We have been asked to allow beach walkovers near one of our most unique natural areas -- the Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area. (LEICWA)Beach walkovers, by increasing human activity, decrease the appeal of an area tor wildlife. Walkovers harm birds by allowing humans to ...

Protect town, reject dune walkover

To the editor:As a full-time resident of our barrier island I feel compelled to write this letter after reading the dune walkover articles in the Fort Myers Beach Observer and the Island Sand Paper. Please consider the following implications of approving this 298-foot dune walk over.First -- ...

Long-term health risks from harmful algal blooms

Floridians are well-aware of the acute environmental and health problems of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and they are looking to their political representatives to take action.The causes of HABs are no mystery: expanding residential and commercial development and agri-business - particularly ...

Clearing the air on November town council hearing

To the editor:In your publication on Nov. 27 there are several statements made during a town council hearing in the article titled "In Split decision, town votes to protect critical wildlife area" that are incorrect pertaining to the proposed walkover at 8150 and 8170 Estero Boulevard.As the ...

Speed limit change for boats dangerous

To the editor:I was extremely saddened and confused at the front page article in the latest issue of the Observer stating that Lee County led the entire state of Florida in manatee deaths during 2019 with 144 total deaths, coupled with 182 deaths in 2018. Of the 144 deaths in 2019, 26 were ...