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Panel hears updates on cell tower and leash laws

By Staff | Aug 13, 2009

Though attendance was low at this month’s meeting of the Captiva Community Panel, the panel received many informative updates from various community organizations and an estimation as to the completion date of the new cell phone tower at South Seas Island Resort.

“Everybody is very happy to see the beautiful Blind Pass open,” began Kathleen Rooker of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District as she presented an update to the panel about the Pass and upcoming CEPD activities.

Rooker explained that, while the pass is officially open, the project will not be 100 percent finished until an additional 40,000 cubic yards are removed in the area, in addition to a five-year maintenance period once dredging is complete.

Rooker also announced the date of the official Blind Pass celebration as Friday, Sept. 25. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m.

Ann Bradley of the Captiva Hurricane Preparation and Response Committee also made a brief presentation about the activities of the committee, including concerns about the Structural Safety Inspection team and the importance of residents sending in their homeowner’s letters.

Bradley reminded everyone that there will be a hurricane seminar at BIG ARTS on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. and encouraged people to visit the committee’s Web site, www.MyCaptiva.info, a great source for preparation planning, finding more information and tracking storm activity.

Panel member and South Seas Island Resort managing director Rick Hayduk informed attendees that the new cell phone tower is right on schedule.

“The construction looks like it will begin right after Labor Day, pending no goofy weather or anything like that, and after a 45 to 60 day installation, it will be up and running,” Hayduk said. “I understand from Sunshine Towers that the four major carriers have signed letters of intent so we will have full service for everybody.”

After the meeting had adjourned, panel member Nathalie Pyle informed curious attendees about a side mission she’d been working on in regards to Captiva’s leash laws.

Pyle experienced a distressing situation when she and her dog were attacked by a large, unleashed dog on Captiva, prompting her to learn what exactly the leash law entailed.

“Dogs are not allowed on any public beach in Captiva – no animals at all,” Pyle said. “Everywhere else, on all the rest of the beaches and anywhere in Captiva, they must be on a leash. There shouldn’t be any dogs loose on Captiva.”

You can read more about the panel on their Web site, located at www.captivacommunitypanel.com.