Kevin Erwin of Kevin Erwin Consulting Ecologist Inc., will speak Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Greater Pine Island Civic Association meeting concerning the health of Matlacha Pass and the Ceitus Boatlift/Spreader Canal.
Erwin was hired several months ago by Lee County to gather data on the waters rushing out of the Northwest Cape Spreader Canal after the removal of the Ceitus Boatlift.
Erwin is a long-time local resident and was involved in the initial building of the Ceitus Boatlift. He also consulted on the Little Pine Island Mitigation Bank and was a previous speaker at GPICA on the formation of mitigation banks. He now has an international business in natural resource evaluation, restoration and management.
Other projects include the design and permitting of Florida Gulf Coast University and the Density Reduction-Groundwater Resource analysis (DRGR). Since he also owns property on Pine Island, he knows the area well and shares some of islanders' concerns.
Also, there will be a progress report from Phil Buchanan on the golf cart ordinance change, shrimp farm and bike path extension, as well as serious Conservation 2020 problems and Ceitus litigation.
All civic meetings are open to the public at no charge. Meetings are at the Elks on Pine Island Road, West of Stringfellow. Join or renew membership for a $10 per person annual fee.
Contact Roger Wood, president, at 920-421-3984 or Kathy Malone, 283-3762.