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What are Cape Coral government's motives?

May 16, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Last week's Pine Island Eagle, in a headline article by Chuck Ballaro, made fun of my comments about Cape Coral efforts to annex all or parts of Pine Island. First of all, I did not say the purchase of a large chunk of Matlacha waterfront property by the Cape Coral government constituted what he said I called "Cape Coral's 'annex' of Pine Island and Matlacha." That's just silly.

I've been a lawyer for most of my 69 years and I, of course, know the difference between a purchase of a property and an annexation of a suburb by a city government. All I said was that in view of the numerous efforts over the last many decades (most recently in 2009) by Cape Coral to annex all or parts of Pine Island, as well as other reasons, it raises concerns when the Cape Coral Government uses city sewer utility funds to purchase waterfront property in Matlacha. Surely, they do not intend to try to turn prime waterfront commercial real estate in Matlacha into a Cape Coral sewer plant - or do they?

So what are their motives?

Phil Buchanan

Pine Island



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