To the editor:
The following is an email to mayor and council regarding our "new ranking" of No. 1 in the country for the most difficult area to evacuate during a hurricane:
Dear Mayor and Council:
Although the subject of my email to you appears to be a positive message, it is anything but that. I am sure you are already aware that at the last Emergency Management Region 6 meeting on Friday, it was announced that our area, SW Florida which includes Cape Coral, was ranked #1 IN THE COUNTRY as the most difficult area to evacuate in the event of a hurricane. If you are surprised at this ranking, then somehow you have missed all of the information that has been presented over the years, or you have chosen to ignore it in the hope that the "big one" will never touch us.
I have travelled to Tallahassee in the past on three separate occasions with our City delegation and the Chamber of Commerce, set up tables with all of the information about evacuation with little or no response. The Pine Island Road corridor, which everyone today is taking credit for, was started with business entities and the evacuation route scenarios. The Burnt Store Road widening, is an evacuation issue. I could go on and on, but if we are not ever going to pay attention to stay focused on getting our citizens out of harms way, we have already lost the battle.
This City has the best Emergency Management Director in SW Florida. He has worked hard, against all odds, to get where we are today, but he needs support to continue the fight. Personally, I will never stop preaching, each season, about our shortfalls, but will you take heed and come on board. We cannot promote economic development with this type of ranking.
Will you help to restart informing the public, in a sane manner, or will you put it on the back burner again?
We need to continue working towards the solution for our area. This means we address this issue at all times, not only during storm season. We are complacent with the idea that it will never happen to us. Are you willing to work together to come up with solutions for the safety of every citizen in Cape Coral or will you just sit back and when it happens, will you be the ones asking for instant help? Wake up Cape Coral.