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SCIAR addresses water quality at annual Realtors convention, expo

August 24, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel and Captiva Islands Association of Realtors continues to work hard to help address water quality issues.

Over 20 members attended the Annual Florida Realtors Convention & Expo on Aug. 8-10 in Orlando. The event included continuing education classes, national speakers and some magic to go along with the 2018 theme, "Make Magic."

Members also spent time in committee meetings on topics such as professional development, land use and water quality. A special meeting was held on water quality that specifically addressed the concerns that island members and other Realtors throughout the state have with the water releases, red tide and blue-green algae problems plaguing waterways and beaches.

In response, Florida Realtors drafted a letter to members of congress. On Aug. 18, the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Association of Realtors joined in signing the letter to lend strong support for HR 8, the Water Resources Development Act of 2018. The legislation includes funding authorization for critical pieces of the Central Everglades Restoration Plan, which will help address blue-green algae blooms and the contaminating of Florida's waterways and beaches.

If the HR 8 is brought to the U.S. Senate floor, and ultimately passed, it would assist with the algae crisis by advancing the planning, design and construction of the reservoir project within the Everglades Agricultural Area. Furthermore, it will add treatment and water storage lands for Lake Okeechobee and the surrounding estuaries, as well as expediting the completion of needed projects like the bridging of Tamiami Trail and repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike.

The Sanibel and Captiva Islands Association of Realtors has continually supported water quality initiatives. In partnership with Florida Realtors, SCIAR created an advertising campaign in 2008 for clean water with the Ollie the Otter Clean Water Oath. It helped educate the public on how to protect and preserve clean water with simple reminders including limiting the use of certain lawn fertilizers and rethinking daily habits that could reduce water pollution.

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In May, SCIAR turned its Annual Golf Outing and Auction into a fundraiser benefitting the water quality efforts of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and raised over $14,000 to aid in marine research and public policy.



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