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Fire commission OKs resolution, backs water letter

By Staff | Nov 19, 2019

TIFFANY REPECKI Captiva Island Fire Control District Fire Chief Jeff Pawul discusses a letter asking support from the commission for a local push for improved water quality and water measures at the meeting.

The Captiva Island Fire Control District’s commission approved an interlocal agreement for its communications 911 system and agreed to add its support to a local push calling for better water quality and water measures at its recent meeting.

On Nov. 12, the commissioners voted 3-0 on a resolution on the interlocal agreement between Lee County First Responder Agencies. Prior to the vote, Fire Chief Jeff Pawul explained that the document deals with the 911 system of communications that the fire district, and other area agencies, rely on.

“The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for implementing and controlling it,” he said, adding that the district has the equipment to utilize it and that the resolution enables the continued use of it.

Also at the meeting, the commission discussed a letter recently received from the Fort Myers Beach fire commission asking for support for a local push for improved water quality and water measures. At last month’s meeting, Pawul alerted commissioners to the letter then passed it along for their review.

Pawul noted that the letter expresses support for Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane’s water efforts.

“There’s nothing in our charter that says we cannot support a cause,” he said.

Pawul added that the letter, if signed, would be coming from the commission not the district.

“It would be good mojo,” Commissioner C.W. Kilgore said of supporting the efforts.

Commissioner Jeffrey Brown pointed out that the letter addresses health and economic concerns. He suggested rewording the letter to focus on the health aspects so it is more appropriate for Captiva.

Pawul reported that the letter is a sample format and can be edited to the commission’s liking.

The commissioners directed him to compose the edited letter for them to sign.

Also during the meeting, Pawul provided an update on the district’s advertisement on its budget hearings for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. He previously had reported that the ad printed incorrectly as required by the state and the newspaper that ran it had intended to send the state a letter about it.

Pawul told the commission that the state received the newspaper’s letter.

“Clearly this wasn’t your fault,” he said he was told by the state officials.

As a result, the ad was accepted as is and the district does not have to do anything further.

Also at the meeting, Pawul reported that he was informed the city of Sanibel plans to put a device at Blind Pass Beach-Turner Beach in response to recent incidents from the rip tides and rip currents.

“Apparently, they city is moving forward with that,” he said.

Pawul did not have details on what is being installed, but the Sanibel fire district is not involved.

“(Device) maintenance and lack of training would be my concerns,” he said of the project.


– Pawul reported that Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille raffled off an autographed guitar during the sixth annual Island Hopper Songwriter Fest and have donated the proceeds of the sale to the fire district.

– Pawul has started the application process with the National Weather Service for the StormReady program. He reported that Captiva currently is a StormReady community, but it is set to expire.

– Updates to the fire district’s policies, rules and regulations, along with its Standard Operating Guidelines – how the crews operate at a scene – are coming up. Pawul also reported that he will begin working on updates to the district’s five-year plan.

– In October, the district responded to 35 calls.