To the editor:
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink, or bathe in, or swim in, or water ski in, or fish in.
Since the 1970s, good water quality has been a global issue. Progress in improving water quality has been slow due to the continued battle between the environmentalists and the capitalists. The "Tree Huggers" just couldn't convince society that irreparable damage was being done to the environment until someone looked at the balance sheet. At that point everyone realized that our tourism industry was being hurt by poor water quality. People no longer wanted to vacation in Florida, which affected jobs and our economy.
Suddenly, after years of bickering and fighting, the flood gates opened and it wasn't dirty water coming out of Lake O. It was millions of dollars to fix a problem that was decades in the making.
After a year of positive movement, Tiger Bay is now asking the questions: are we heading in the right direction, is it enough money to do the job, what is the job that still needs to be done, how long will it take, and what else do we need to do?
Tiger Bay has assembled a panel of four individuals who come from the public and private sectors with a wealth of experience on the topic to answer these and other questions on the subject. Please join us for a lively discussion with State Rep. Matt Caldwell, former County Commissioner Ray Judah, Daniel DeLisi of the SFWMD, and James Evans, Director Natural Resources, City of Sanibel.
The program will take place at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m, today, Friday, June 27, and will be held at the former Art of the Olympians Museum (City Pier) at 1300 Henry St., Fort Myers. To register, go to SWFLtigerbay.org.
We look forward to seeing you.
Tiger Bay Club of SWFL