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Seasonal visitor speaks out on letter

February 28, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

I am a seasonal visitor to Fort Myers Beach and read the Fort Myers Beach Observer weekly. I took a bit of offense to Mr. Schilling's comments in the Feb. 22 issue of the newspaper. He goes on and on about alcohol and noise on the beach.

The influx of snowbirds and college students lasts from January through March. Isn't this the time the merchants make their money? There are more snowbirds than anything, and we are usually age 60 and older. I don't see why we are a big problem. The rock music is no louder than the landscapers we have to hear everyday with their mowers and blowers. If it's too noisy I close the windows or take a walk on the beach.

I like to sit with my feet in the beautiful white sand and have a drink. That is what it is all about, but Mr. Schilling wants us shoulder to shoulder on a hot restaurant deck. Most of us do not litter or compact the sand so that the turtles cannot lay eggs. I have taken every beach and park walk that is offered and values the wildlife.

We renters of condos also pay 11 percent or more in taxes to Fort Myers Beach. That is a lot of money. I spend all my money here on the island; seldom do I leave the Beach in my almost four months of stay here.

Maybe Mr. Schilling wants to rent my condo up north for the winter. He better not play rock music or leave a footprint in the snow.

Give us visitors a break. The season is short enough.

Irene Sharrard

Marysville, Mich.



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