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Greater Pine Island Civic Association meeting

November 15, 2017
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

An over capacity number of citizens attended last night's meeting at the Elks lodge in Bokeelia.

President Woods opened the meeting. The secretary was not there and no minutes could be approved. He then went on to the treasurer's report. The treasurer appeared to be there, but Mr. Woods took control by stating that there had been two expenditures for roughly $9,000 and $16,000. He never asked for a vote of approval of the treasurer's report by the membership.

One of the reasons that I came to the meeting was to hear how Greater Pine Island Civic Association had acquired a "war chest" that was mentioned in the News-Press.

Mr. Woods never gave a balance of funds on hand or where any of these funds came from to pay for what he mentioned. Later in the meeting it was also brought up that $17,000 had also been spent on surveying Matlacha and Pine Island.

It was explained that Matlacha did not have enough people to be its own district and would be combined with the Center. It appears that with Cape Royal declining to join the city may have been the reason there wasn't enough people for a Matlacha district.

The sewers were brought up. A citizen and Mr. Andress stated that sewers would be taken care of by Lee County. The County is charging its rate customers more to pay for expansion on Pine Island. He went on to say that the package plants at the north end of Pine Island could be a source for funding the sewer line.

It was stated that the committee met with legislators Ray Rodrigues and Dane Eagle. The committee was assured by these legislators that they would support a new city and it would be voted on in a couple of years by the folks on Pine Island and Matlacha.

Afterall, it was pointed out that more than 80 percent of a returned mailer of both Matlacha and Pine Island supported the creation of a city.

Toward the end of the meeting residents of Matlacha complained bitterly that the mailer never stated if it was going to be used as method of determining whether Matlacha was joining Pine Island in creating a city. Some claimed the mailer merely asked the person if he or she wanted more information or not, If you did that was a yes vote for incorporation.

That's when the arguments started and ended with the Matlacha people leaving in disgust and the Pine Islanders saying if you don't want in, you could vote in a couple of years on it when it comes to a vote after the legislators approve it.

My take is, you can't start a city if you can't be honest with the folks you want to represent.

Leo Amos



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