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Stink, stank, stunk

By Staff | Dec 17, 2020

To the editor:

Once again the Lake Okeechobee water releases coincide with the appearance of Red Tide, dead fish on the beach, and general threat to the community’s health. Minimization of the damage to the environment by “water experts” and state officials should stop. This is a precious, fragile environment that cannot sustain constant insult and assault.

Once again our political leaders (and frankly it is the Republicans that carry the most stank on this issue) are more interested in moving sand piles at great and unnecessary expense than spending the money to clean up Lake Okeechobee. Our elected officials seem far more worried about toadying to the sugar lobby and tourism dipping as they see dead fish on the beach than children’s health, our Florida officials want the beaches “cleaned” of the stinky fish, but refuse to protect the surrounding waters.

The Lake needs to be cleaned up. If the state has money to hide the evidence of this corporate crime of corruption, it can redirect those funds to a real solution. The Caloosahatchee river and Lee County should not be the dumping ground for fertilizer run off benefiting big sugar’s poisonous financial stranglehold on the Republican Party in Florida.

Ellen Starbird

Cape Coral