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January 23, 2014

Water Board Meeting in Fort Myers

Every once in a while, the South Florida Water Management District’s governing board will hold one of their board meetings in Fort Myers. Usually, this board meets closer to its headquarters in West Palm Beach. But on Thursday, February 13, that board will hold its meeting in Fort Myers once again – for the first time in a few years.

This board makes important decisions that affect our environment. The February 13 meeting is our chance to speak up about our needs for fresh water releases to our estuary during droughts, and the need to protect our estuary from damaging releases of Lake Okeechobee water to our estuary during times of too much rain. This board’s decisions affect our natural resources and our local economy.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Lee County Commission Chambers in downtown Fort Myers, Getting there is easy: just follow McGregor Avenue right up into downtown, find yourself a parking place (my favorite is the parking garage at Main and Jackson), and walk over to 2115 Second Street, where the county commission meets in its stately chamber. Your attendance will help show the SFWMD governing board that we are concerned about how their water management affects our environment.

Barbara Joy Cooley, president, Committee of the Islands