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Red, White, and Water!

May 7, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

This Memorial Day holiday is about war veterans and the honor they deserve for service. However, we are as SWFL citizens are also at war! The war for clean water!

This holiday we plan a public service announcement gathering on the Fort Myers Beach pier at noon to raise awareness to the upcoming water issues related to the Lake O runoffs as well as our friends in Naples who are fighting against drilling in the Everglades.

We invite all our Southwest Florida community to take part in lining the public pier to unite for the protection of our precious water ways and its health that determines out way of life here on island. If no clean water, then no tourism!

This is to be yet expected to be another summer of massive discharges from Lake O for us on the beach to deal with. We now show action ahead of time to educate others of what is to come. We also hope to educate all of the incredible struggle happening just down the road in Naples, fracking planned in the Golden Gate section. This is a major issue for all SWFL and to our drinking supply and so on. One mistake could change everything from not being able to have access to clean water for doing laundry to drinking it as safe drinking water, let alone the rules being broken with fracking as a whole. The DEP failed us as a community, as did the EPA, and our own county commission. Allowing experimental fracturing of the earth for oil that has never been done here before is risky business for us to say the least.

We plan to say no to it, and no to the discharges as well. There are solutions to these water-related issues, yet the people in power must hear your voices. Action dates set now to have our voices heard are as followed: May 17th at noon at the Naples Pier for a hands across the sand to end drilling locally, and May 26th on the Beach Pier at noon, to again say no to the Lake O insanity and the fracking idea at hand in the Everglades.

There is only one form of involvement in helping your own community: taking action when need be. We need it now. More information will emerge as the dates grow closer. Stay engaged in the protection of our vital eco-system as its what keeps us all employed here locally. Go to

John. G. Heim

Fort Myers Beach



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