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Tired of hearing about manatees

November 20, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

I really get tired of hearing about people talking about the Florida manatees. There is no such thing. They were imported. The story I have heard many times is they were brought in to feed the workers that built the highway to Key West. But none the less, they are like geese, when they get done eating the grass and then dumping their waste in your yard, your yard is trash, not to say any thing on how it smells. Well, the manatees do the same. Back in the early to mid '70s we use to swim in the canal behind the house and there was all kinds of vegetation in the water and the water was clean. Then only thing we have now in the canal is manatee feces and muck on the bottom.

We have had as many as 18 of them in at one time doing their breading and tarring up the water and when they are done the water is darker brown than my dock, and we see manatee poop floating and it stinks. I have no use for them, they have no value and to protect them is just dumb because there are plenty of them in this world and where they come from and, in my opinion, there should be an open season on them.

So if you are looking for sympathy on the 780 or so that died, you need to look elsewhere, not here. The manatee org. that collects money to "save the manatee" does nothing with it other than close down areas for boating and costs us boaters a lot of money for its worthless cause. You want to do something worthwhile with your money, trap them and ship them back to where they came from. I am sure you will find a lot of volunteers and I would be one of them.

Again I say I am sick and tired of hearing about the Florida manatees.

Charles Presser

St. James City



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