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Keep Sanibel, Sanibel!

By Staff | Nov 18, 2015

To the editor:

That was the motto of former Mayor of Sanibel and my mother, Carla B. Johnston. (The one who got us through Charlie and who united Republican, Democrat and Independent as the people of Sanibel).

Now, she is gone and it is up to everyone else to decide the future of Sanibel.

Our voices count and should be taken into consideration if only we speak.

So, I ask the question: What do you want Sanibel to look like in 10 or 20 years? Many friends on Island say, “well if it doesn’t effect my property, it doesn’t matter.”

Maybe, until all the little changes add up and Sanibel is no longer what we love.

Policy happens when we don’t pay attention. I received a letter today, that there is a public hearing on Nov. 17th at 9 a.m. to permit a cluster development near Purdy and Periwinkle for just another 12 to 14 houses (that fill in a small wet land) and a new road with refuse sites.

This is just one of several developments that have happened and are in the works to happen.

So the question remains what are we willing to do to keep this island the place that we love and when do we say no more?

When Periwinkle is widened for the sake of traffic or when the trees have been cleared for houses and new business growth?

The landscape slowly, quietly changes. Do we ignore it or draw a line in the sand?

It is a good time to consider what makes us all love this island and when would we change our minds? I guess the real question is are we willing to speak up and vote to support those who will keep Sanibel Sanibel.


Elise Johnston