As a follow up to The Island Sandpaper editorial concerning a recent Town Council workshop on water quality, it is imperative that the beach community understand what those in the trenches are up against in their efforts to promote meaningful science based solutions to the dirty water crises while navigating in a sea of political deception and distortion.
Having deep roots in the Fort Myers Beach community, Councilwoman Tracey Gore is understandably upset with the deterioration of our coastal and marine resources due to the excessive releases of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee. Knowing that the C-43 reservoir will not provide sufficient storage to address excessive releases of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee, Councilwoman Gore was laser focused in moving beyond the political rhetoric to implement an action plan that incorporates a critical water quality component for the C-43 reservoir and a call for all hands on deck to demand that the state purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee for storage, treatment and conveyance of water south to the Everglades.
While many local and state elected officials claim to support restoring a southern flow-way, their reluctance to address responsible water policy, due to the political influence of Big Sugar, will ultimately lead to the demise of our coastal waters with catastrophic impact to our tourism and real estate based economy.
I, for one, and others who are making their voices heard in support of clean water, are extremely grateful that Councilwomen Gore and Stockton recognize the severity of the situation and are working to represent the public interest in their efforts to overcome the special interest and political inertia.