To the editor:
After attending several meetings related to the annexation of Matlacha, I decided to be proactive by doing extensive research on the Florida law on annexation. My main reason to research on the laws of annexation was my concern on the negative impacts that future annexation can inflict on our pristine island. Through my research I was able to learn how the comprehensive plan can be used to empower the residents who can be impacted by future annexation.
One solution to avoid future voluntary annexation on Greater Pine Island is to add a clause on the Pine Island Comprehensive Plan that includes a specific provision on annexation. The charter provision on annexation should include registered electors that reside within the boundaries of the properties for future annexation to be approved by a majority of the voters. During the research I discovered that Orange County and Palm Beach County already have provisions in their charters on annexation in their comprehensive plans that protects the residents and their preservation districts.
The facts show that annexation is booming in the state of Florida and to include a charter provision on annexation in our comprehensive plan is a protection plan for the citizens who reside on the island. As registered voters our voices can be heard, when we are able to decide whether we want future annexation. Now that we are aware of what needs to be change, let's take action.
Cesar Sanchez (aka Popo)