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Lake O toxic water releases: Speak out!

By Staff | Aug 27, 2021

To the editor:

In a recent edition of The Breeze, Ellen Starbird was good enough to sound the alarm with regard to toxic water releases from Lake Okeechobee. This is of great concern to those of us who care about our environment, our health, our property values and our ability to earn income. That should be pretty much all of us.

It is hard to stop something like the implementation of the Lake Okeechobee Systems Operating Manual, but that’s what we need to do. We cannot sit back in silence, assuming that others will address the issue for us. Perhaps the only recourse left at this point, to prevent the disaster that will begin in 2022, is for a multitude of us voters speak against it.

Word of caution: Don’t get suckered into the blame game. This matter is far too serious to allow those who are in a position to make a difference excuse themselves and then pass the buck. Right now, it does not matter whether it’s the federal government, state government, local government, voter apathy, political opponents, bosses up the ladder, competitive or uncooperative coworkers or anything else — we just need a new plan that does not destroy us.

If you don’t want 100% of polluted Lake Okeechobee water coming down the Caloosahatchee for at least the next 10 years, severely affecting our lives and our livelihoods, please mail, email or call any/all of the following contacts:

* U.S. President Joseph R. Biden

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20500

PH: 202-456-1111

Email: whitehouse.gov/contact

* U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (State of Florida)

284 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

PH: 202-224-3041

* U.S. Senator Rick Scott (State of Florida)

502 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

PH: 202-224-5274

* U.S. Congressman Byron Donalds (District 19)

Lee County Office

1039 S.E. 9th Ave

Suite 308

Cape Coral, FL 33990

(239) 599-6035

US Army Corps of Engineers

* Col. Andrew Kelly, Commander, Jacksonville District

South Atlantic Division

60 Forsyth St. SW

Atlanta, GA 30303-8801

PH: 404-562-5011

Email: Andrew.D.Kelly@usace.army.mil

* U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Go to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | US EPA online and complete the form on the website for “Report a Problem,” located under “Contact Us”

* Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Office of Governor Ron DeSantis

State of Florida

The Capitol

400 S. Monroe St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

PH: 850-717-9337

* Florida Senator Ray Wesley Rodrigues (District 27)

District Office:

2000 Main St

Suite 401

Fort Myers, FL 33901

PH: 239-338-2750

* Florida Representative Adam Botana (District 76)

District Office:

Sunshine Professional Center, Suite 2215

9240 Bonita Beach Road Southeast

Bonita Springs, FL 34135-4251

Phone: (239) 949-6279

* Lee County Commissioner Kevin Ruane (District 1)

Cape Coral office location:

Lee County Government Center

1039 S.E. 9th Place,

3rd Floor, Room 309

Cape Coral, FL 33990

PH: 239-533-2224

Email: dist1@leegov.com

The above contact information is per their individual websites. Many of these contacts provide an online form for emailing them.

Please speak up now! It is urgent.

J. J. Lynam

St James City