Our sincere thanks to all who turned out and participated in our annual Island Cleanup Day. For those of you who noted that there was much less recycling this year, we extend our special thanks to Jo Ann Beiermeister and Jackie Byrnes who started back in December following up on the cart path trimming project and filled 7 large bags with cans and bottles. Nice job ladies!
This year our project was expanded and we were able to get rid of on old trailer (thanks Danny) and an abandoned back hoe (thanks Fuzzy). We also took on the task of removing a huge pile of discarded household trash that had been dumped illegaly at the end of Hummingbird Drive. Thanks to the very hard work of A.J. LaVallie, Tom Jenkins, Bill Fry, Steve Sward, Jim Topor, Fire Chief Bob Kinniry and FF Greg Herrel, two construction boxes were filled with debris in addition to a dozen or so cart loads of material that were removed. A very nasty job done well. Thanks guys!
As usual, our thanks to Danny Davenport for providing the dumpsters, construction boxes and trash bags, and barging everything off the Island, at no charge, and to Safety Harbor Club for the recycling bags.
Finally, our thanks to Barry Bundrum who once again was in charge of the drop off point at Team Davenport's barge site. An additional 3 dumpsters were filled.
Just a reminder that the coupons for beans & rice at Barnacle's are good anytime.
Unfortunately, illegal dumping remains a big problem. We had not even returned to our homes at the end of Cleanup when we were made aware that another large pile of construction debris had appeared on Conch Shell Drive. Apparently, the vacant lot owner had grown tired of people illegally dumping construction debris and, rather than participate in Cleanup Day or contact us for assistance, piled everything at the edge of the cart path. The adage of “Two wrongs don't make a right” certainly applies here. Hopefully, the lot owner will have the pile of debris removed soon or it will remain an eyesore in our Island paradise.
We call for an end to illegal dumping and ask the Civic Association and Fire District to work with Code Enforcement and the Lee County Sherriff's Dept. in coming up with a way to enforce the applicable laws.
Island Cleanup Day Coordinators
Dan Hrycyk Bill Byrnes
Road Trimming Wrap-Up
Hello Fellow Islanders,
First, I hope that all of you had a wonderful Holiday Season. Best wishes for a Happy New Year.
For those of you who are just arriving for the season or just returning after the holidays, I am sure that you will find that our Island looks a little different. The cart path trimming project got underway on November 29 and was wrapped up just 19 working days later, a great holiday treat for Upper Captiva! I urge all of you to take a ride up and down our cart paths so that you can appreciate both the amount and the quality of the work that was done.
This project utilized the services of Clean Cut Tree Services, based in Ft. Myers. As the project progressed, it was truly interesting to watch as the crew under the leadership of their boss, Jon Kennedy, came to care about our Island and not look at it as just another job. They did their best to work with property owners who had “special requests”, chipped up many pre-existing piles of clippings that had been dumped illegally on vacant lots, assisted in applying Garlon to pepper trees and even trimmed up all of the trees at the Fire House, all for no additional charge.
If you would like to see the quality of their work, in addition to the cart paths please check out Kerry & Alice Williams cleared lot next to their home on Smuggler's Drive and Bill & Jackie Byrnes property on Bartlett Parkway, between Pirate Drive and Coral Circle.
On behalf of the UCCA Board and our members, I want to extend sincere thanks to those who were of great assistance with the project. Danny Davenport and Team Davenport not only provided transportation for the Clean Cut crew and their equipment, but also made two round trips with their barge to get the chipper on and off the Island. All at no cost! Also, our thanks go to Bryan Brilhart and the captains and crew of the Just for Fun, and to Jeff Wilson and the captains and crew of Island Girl, who also donated transportation. In addition, Bryan also made a very generous donation of Garlon, which helped out with the pepper removal part of the project. Again, at no cost to the UCCA!
Just a quick reminder that Lee County has mandated that ALL Brazilian pepper be completely eradicated by 2021 including vacant lots. For those of you who may think this is a long way away, I will just let you know that I personally watched the removal of many peppers from within the easement areas and, please trust me, the phrase “just the tip of the iceberg” applies. The UCCA does not endorse or recommend any particular organization or individual, but we do strongly encourage you to address the removal of pepper trees from your property sooner rather than later.
A few of our Islanders also deserve our thanks. Tom Jenkins, A.J. LaVallie and Mike Filipczak all put in many days and hours working in conjunction with Clean Cut. Not only did they apply Garlon to the cut peppers, they also helped to stake out easement locations and to clear and groom some cart paths. Best area to check out is Rum Road, south of NCIC. Nice job guys! A.J. also loaned his cart to Clean Cut and Mark Justice donated one of his work carts.
Speaking of NCIC, They have agreed to assist us by relocating some palm trees that are located within the easement areas. Remember, the main purpose of this project is to make the cart paths clear and wide enough so that our largest fire truck can get anywhere on the Island while still leaving room for people going in the opposite direction, away from the danger. Thank you, Bryan.
Fire Chief Bob Kinniry was kind enough to loan the “old green mule” to us for the duration of the project and the guys on duty were kind enough to check on the tree crews on a regular basis. Bob also assisted in speaking with some property owners when issues came up.
As the project progressed, it became apparent that many years of trash and recycling were being uncovered. Jackie Byrnes and I collected 6 or 7 large bags of recycling, but don't worry. There will still be plenty for Island Cleanup Day next month!
And that brings us to our final “thank you”. Bill Byrnes was our unofficial project manager. He not only arranged for us to meet the owners of Clean Cut, but then drove them around the entire Island, twice, so they could come up with a price quote. He negotiated a savings to the UCCA, and then wrote the contract. He was out every day with the crew, usually picking them up first thing in the morning. When he wasn't out on the cart paths he was either on the phone or his computer, addressing the concerns of property owners and lining up the next phase of the project. There was never a time that I could not call on him for advice. He was great in getting the information out and in writing the MANY memos and e-mails during the weeks we worked on this huge project! I will forever be grateful for your guidance and assistance. The entire Island owes you a big “Thank You!”
I ask that you look at this as not the end of our project, but as the beginning of the next phase that we need to address for all Islanders. In addition to the pepper issue, our project brought to light the fact that some property owners have erected fences or other structures and/or planted substantial foliage well out into their easements and, in some cases, over their property line onto their neighbor's lot. The UCCA and the Friends of the Fire Department have, over the years, raised a great deal of money for the Department, much of which went to the cart path trimming every year. However, it is always the same group of owners who donate. That is not fair. It is also not fair that a property owner who has removed all pepper from his/her property and keeps the easement clear receives no direct benefit from our project, while the vacant lot owner who contributes nothing gets the trees trimed for free, every year.
The Fire Commissioners have already been asked to address these, and related, concerns in the coming months and I urge all of you to not only attend their meetings but to voice your opinions and concerns. Their meetings are on the third Friday of the month at the Fire House at 10 AM.
Our next UCCA meeting is this Sunday, January 29th at the Safety Harbor Clubhouse at 11:30 AM. Please try to attend. In addition to our usual agenda, I would really like to hear your ideas on how we can possibly deal with these issues so that all Upper Captiva Islanders can benefit.
My sincere thanks again to all of you who participated and/or contributed to our project.
Jo Ann Beiermeister, President
Upper Captiva Civic Association
Thanks to Island Clean-up Volunteers Feb.14
Our sincerest thanks to everyone who helped make this year's Island Cleanup Day a success. Your efforts helped to fill a large dumpster with trash and several robocans with recycling.
Special thanks to Danny Davenport for donating his barge site, dumpster, and trash bags and to Safety Harbor Club for their donation of recycling bags. Thanks also to Dave Tompkins for his wonderful posters and Sue Ann Cousar for all the emails and notices.
Extra special thanks to Tom Levin, Steve Muse, Andrew Anderson, Bob Maynard and A.J. LaVallie for taking on some of the "Kart Killer" potholes on Rum Road and Bartlett Parkway. Let's hope that the improvements last.
Bill, Jackie, Karen and Barry
Photos of Island Clean Up 2013
Organizers: Karen Sirabian, Jackie & Bill Byrnes
Ann Murphy, Joan Diorio
Arthur Mason, Jackie Byrnes
Bob Lindberg, Steve & Deanie Sward
Davie & Thomasin Shepp
Helen & Ron Glick
Homer & Janet Cooksey
Jeffrey Lunsford, L.A. Brickner
Maxine Otis, Marge
Marion & Steve Hall
Patrice Pravato & friends
Richard Sabo & Olivia
Roy & Karen Wildeman
SueAnn Cousar, Jackie Byrnes
Vicki Kirsh, Steve Muse, Andrew Anderson
St. Pat's Party 2013
Art Diisplay #1
Art Display #2
Art Display #3
Art Display #4
Art Display #5
Auctioneer Gene Murphy
Beebes & Baileys
Byrnes & Halls
Christian & Brigitte Repa
JoAnn's Treasure Chest
Joanne Damico & winning ticket
Joanna & Josiah Drummond
Jeanne, Erin, Steve
Jonathan Bickel & family
Katie, Steve, Marcia
Deanie & Carol
Vicki, Karen, Barry, folks, & food
SueAnn & treasurer Fran Deture
Ralph Cusick, Steve Sward
Sue & Bob Hipkins
David & Thomasin Shepp
Ruth & Robert Diefenbach
bartenders Patrice & Scott
Sandy Werner & Sue Ann Cousar
Roy & Karen Wildeman
For those who think Lee County should provide us trash pick-up, click on the link to know what it would cost you. Trash Disposal Possibilities Posted: 31 January 2009
On Sunday, January 18, 2009, Lindsey Sampson of Lee County Solid Waste Management met with those interested in hearing and asking questions about the County's draft proposal for options for our Island Community. This presentation was made in conjunction with the Planning Panel meeting, but is not a Planning Panel project. The link above will open a separate window which contains a draft of the report presented (It's a Word.doc file). Obviously no decisions were made at the meeting, but this gives us something to consider.