To the editor:
The purpose of my letter to the editor is to share why it's imperative to vote against Resolution 6-12, "The Ban of Fishing from Bridges in Cape Coral." I think that this ordinance is not the right fix to solve the problem of littering and trespassing. Those are separate issues that take place during a multitude of activities.
Littering also occurs:
when people drive their cars,
when people are boating,
when people are walking down the streets;
when people are at public events on public property.
Some of you may have watched the classic movie with Kevin Bacon, "FOOTLOOSE" or watched the Broadway musical. If you have not, I'll give you a synopsis, Ren, age 18, moves to a small rural town from Chicago. He learns one of the favorite pastimes of American teens, dancing, has been outlawed in this town.
It was a reaction to the fact that some teens were breaking the law (drinking and driving) so in order to prevent this from happening, the town council voted to outlaw dancing.
Do you see the correlation? Do you see the absurdity of the situation of this movie? It's rather extreme to me to ban fishing when people are littering and trespassing.
I have lived in Cape Coral since 1982. My father took me fishing almost every Friday night the first year we lived here. We were either at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Pier or on a few bridges near brackish waterways. He had me pack extra trash bags for our refuse. Because someone else's parents failed to teach environmental safety and protection, we want to ban one of Florida's favorite pastimes, fishing? I really don't think you want to do that. In our past we have outlawed Trucks and Feeding the Ducks; let's not add fishing to the absurdity.
I hope that the City Council supports my request to vote against Resolution 6-12.
Eileyn Sobeck-Bador, APR