Attached please find the most recent posting from Commissioner Manning's office regarding the cleanup of dead fish, etc., from our Island, and many other Lee County communities. I request that the UCCA, Safety Harbor Club, North Captiva Island Club and UCF&RD post this on their websites and also send notice directly to all members, as well as the Clubs notifying renters and guests not only of the ongoing cleanup efforts, but the health hazards as well. Please do this as soon as possible.
The tentative schedule is available on their site, http://www.leegov.com/waterqualityinfo, keeping in mind our summer weather patterns can regularly cause plans to change. I assume this will be updated on a regular basis, so please continue to check. At this time, the cleanup crew from CrowderGulf is due to arrive in Safety Harbor later today. They will also take care of the canal along Rum Road.
We have been able to secure a series of dumpsters from Lee County Parks & Recreation that will be EXCLUSIVELY for disposal of dead sea life removed from our shores as part of OUR cleanup efforts. More information, such as dates and locations, will be made available as soon as plans are finalized. However, anyone who wants to help can do so by contacting Duncan Rosen. He will supply trash bags and review locations that need attention at any given time.
In the interim, our sincere thanks to Duncan and his crew from Tortuga Properties, and to Danny Davenport, for organizing yesterday's cleanup. The beach cleanup project will be a continuing matter until such time as the massive fish kills are abated, which will not happen until after the Red Tide is gone. It is anybody's guess as to when that will occur, but probably not soon.
For those of you who are, or will be, participating in the ongoing cleanup efforts, please be careful! Monitor your breathing, wear gloves & footwear and watch where you step. Catfish barbs are painful! Any breathing problems, injuries or health concerns should be reported immediately to our Fire Department by calling 911 or going directly to the Station at 4511 Hodgepodge Lane.
My thanks to all of you for your assistance and support for the situation which affects all of us.
Bill Byrnes, Chairman
Upper Captiva Board of Fire Commissioners
Island Fest 2016
Next UCCA Meeting Sunday, January 27, 2019, 11:30am
Safety Harbor Clubhouse
Anyonewishing to participate by phone may dial 302-202-1110 and at the prompt enter conference code 289631.
Island Cook Book Reprinted & For Sale After many requests, the Island cook book "Food Prints in the Sand" has been reprinted and is available for $20 from UCCA secretary, Sue Ann Cousar, 4580 Hidden Lane. If you are off Island and want a cook book, email Sue Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org. A nice idea to place in your Island rental home.