Lake Okeechobee releases City of Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane asked Council to support key messages for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the South Water Management District pertaining to releases from Lake Okeechobee and their negative impacts.

He explained that there are 163 cities in Florida which are directly affected by these releases, having a negative impact on the local economy.  He stated he is asking mayors to come together as one voice by signing and adding their logos to the letters.

The messages include:  1: Immediately stop all regulatory releases from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee until flows at the Franklin Lock drop below 3,000 cubic feet per second, 2: Immediately send water south, 3: Immediately implement solutions to address inherent inequity of the Adaptive Protocols for Lake Okeechobee, 4: Immediately deploy flow monitoring stations within the Caloosahatchee watershed tributaries between the Franklin Lock and the Moore Haven Lock.   (Draft Letter One, Draft Letter Two)

Council agreed that Mayor Boesch should be a signatory to these letters.

Ordinance No. 2018-01 – Adoption of the Village of Estero Comprehensive Plan