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December 7, 2016
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

It is my understanding the city of Cape Coral intends to annex Matlacha property the city bought along Pine Island Road, east of Miceli's Restaurant. This strip includes D&D Bait and Tackle and a boat ramp.

The consequences of annexation of this Matlacha land to Cape Coral may lead to a North Cape Yacht Club/Marina with considerably more traffic and congestion, dramatically increasing wait time to get in/out of Matlacha/Pine Island, subsequent rezoning of the area for high-rises and additional retail (like the current Cape Seven Islands planned development on dredge spoils within the North Spreader Canal) and additional environmental damage to Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve and the estuary that supports our local fishery.

We know this is an environmentally sensitive area as it is designated as a manatee protected area and endangered sawfish are trying to survive there as well. These waters are home to 86 threatened and endangered species.

Annexing this strip of land cuts off Matlacha Isles from Matlacha Shores (Shoreview Drive), Matlacha and Pine Island, creating an enclave, separating Matlacha Isles from its historical, geographical, social and political neighbors.

Please join us in opposing this abuse of power and attempted "land grab" and go to the meeting in Cape Coral:

Monday, Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m., in council chambers at 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.

Stand up for our community, economy, right to clean water, healthy fishery and a beautiful Matlacha.

Birdi Smock, president

Matlacha Civic Association



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