Sunday - Worship Monday - Yoga Tuesday - SING Thursday - Sketch Group Friday - Book Club
Everyday - Wildlife & Environment
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Island Chapel – Weekly 10 a.m. Sunday service throughout the year at 4580 Hidden Lane.Everyone welcome.Also, Bible study and discussion each Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., same location.Contact Bob or Sue Ann Cousar (239)395-2894 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yoga Class – Generally meets weekly on Monday mornings January through April.Open to new members depending on space available. Marion Hall is our R.Y.T. (Registered Yoga Teacher) ContactMarion at (239) 395-0432 or email@example.com.
SING- If you like to sing, join us on Tuesday mornings (Jan.-May) at 9:30a.m. at the Cousars' home, 4580 Hidden Ln. We sing a variety of music, from Beatles to Mozart, pop, barber shop, sacred, and oldies. Contact Sue Ann Cousar (239)395-2894, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Upper Captiva Players presents a play in the spring under the direction of Jane Mason.
Book Club – Members suggest and vote on book list, then meet to discuss impressions and thoughts.Meets monthly from October through May.Open to new members as space is available.Contact Marcia Andrews at (239) 395-0499 or email@example.com .
Sketch Group– Not a teaching class, but an opportunity to hone your drawing skills.Local personalities sit for poses, and we are always looking for volunteer models.Meets weekly on Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. from October through May. Open to new members, but may be limited due to space. To see if we have room and other questions, contact:Jane Mason at (239) 472-0107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildlife & Environment
There are two issues we want to bring to your attention.
#1 Everglades Restoration: Florida's Amendment 1, the Florida Water & Land Conservation Amendment, was passed last November by 75% of the voters. There is land under contract and funding is available, thanks to the passage of Amendment 1, but the contract expires this October and our elected leaders have not committed Amendment 1 funding for the purposes voted for: land acquisition management and restoration. The historic opportunity at hand is a major turning point in Everglades restoration, but funding must be secured before May 1 (the end of the current legislative session) to buy the land to start the plan. If you want to phone Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto to urge her to take action, her phone number is (850)487-5030. Here are three useful links:
#2 Pine Island Plan: UCCA Board has postal mailed and emailed a letter to the five Lee County Commissioners in support of the Greater Pine Island Civic Association and the Pine Island Plan that was passed limiting development on Pine Island. The letter itself (below) will explain the current situation in Matlacha. If you want to edit any portion of this letter and email and/or postal mail to the County Commissioners, you may find their names and email addresses at this website:
Upper Captiva Civic Association strongly supports the Greater Pine Island Civic Association's position that the Pine Island Plan is legally valid, should be defended by the county and should not be amended. The Pine Island Plan was legally instituted: it was created following County guidelines, with intense public input as required, with County oversight every step of the process, then accepted by the County staff and approved by the Board of County Commissioners.
The majority of those wanting to amend the plan purchased property AFTER the Pine Island Plan was approved. Either they failed to exercise proper due diligence (their problem) or they hoped at some point to change the plan against the will of Pine Island residents (just plain wrong).
The County should be preparing to defend the plan, not amend it. And if it thought it needed amending, the starting place should be to re-survey the current residents to see if and how THEY wish it amended, rather than the approach being pursued.
If there is to be more development on Pine Island it is critical that adequate infra- structure be put in place BEFORE the development occurs. The current 2 lane road through Matlacha is grossly inadequate. This season traffic often backed up from Pine Island Center to the intersection of Veterans and Pine Island Road. Many folks missed flights and doctor's appointments. Emergency vehicles had difficulty getting through the section from Sandy Hook Restaurant to Micelli's Restaurant: businesses are very close to the road on this stretch, the shoulders are clogged with parked cars, and there is nowhere for cars to pull off to get out of the way to let emergency vehicles through. So if there is to be more development, at a minimum it needs to be preceded by a completed, paid for 4 lane bridge to Pine Island at some point other than through Matlacha. This is critical to relieve the current logjam and to ensure timely evacuation of Pine Island when needed.
Lastly, another critical issue if development is to increase is how to safeguard the health of the waters, and therefore the wildlife, of Pine Island Sound Preserve.
Members of Upper Captiva Civic Association, and we suspect of Greater Pine Island Civic Association, would like to see better access and greater conservation WITHOUT increased development. Not all of paradise has to be paved over and covered with high rises. Time and again we have seen that once the genie is out of the box, in terms of development, it can't be put back in.