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‘Captains for Clean Water’ want support at March 22 meeting

By Staff | Mar 16, 2016

With the discharges from Lake Okeechobee still very fresh in everyone’s minds in the Southwest Florida region, environmental action group “Captains for Clean Water” is taking that momentum and wanting to ride it all the way to Tallahassee and Washington D.C.

It will all start with an organizational meeting Tuesday, March 22, at the Sanibel Community House from 7-9 p.m. as leaders from the Captains for Clean Water will talk about the group’s goals and mission statement.

“We want to let people know what we are doing to help resolve this issue and what they can do to help,” said Captains for Clean Water leader Captain Daniel Andrews, who owns a fishing charter business in the Sanibel area. “We need to manage our water quality longterm, and that’s our goal. Water quality has been in decline for half a century and it’s been mismanaged.

“This is the time to mobilize.”

The Captains for Clean Water is made up fishing charter captains, who’s businesses have been negatively affected during this last Lake Okeechobee discharge event.

But the group just doesn’t want to focus on this latest event and the lost business, but they want to keep the momentum going, until real, concrete steps are being taken, namely buying land south of Lake Okeechobee for water storage.

“Everyone is affected, not just the fishing captains,” said supporter Robert Brooks, who lives on Sanibel. “Everyone who shells, birds, fishes, hiking or swims should attend this meeting. Sign up and show your support and start letting the politicians know longterm solutions need to be worked on.”

During the meeting, a brief introduction will be conducted with an educational background of water quality in the area. It will transition into who to contact as your political representative.

“This is not a partisan issue, so everyone needs to start contacting their representatives,” Andrews said.

Questions will be taken with the meeting running from 7-9 p.m. March 22.