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Mayor gives chamber overview of water quality issues, priorities

January 11, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane presented an overview of the environmental and economic impact of poor water quality to members of the Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce during the monthly luncheon. He also spoke about federal, state and local water quality priorities.

"Our mayor has been and continues to be highly involved in resolving this critical issue," chamber President John Lai said. "We can't thank him enough for all of his efforts on behalf of our community and for taking his time to speak with our members on this important topic."

There are a number of factors contributing to the poor water quality issues plaguing the state. Large-scale land use changes, loss of water storage and treatment, and rapid population growth are some contributing factors. Poor water quality has hurt the tourism economy and threatens long-term economic viability.

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Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane was the guest speaker at the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce's monthly business luncheon.

"It's important to do our part and you can become involved by helping educate on the issues," Ruane said. "We should also be good stewards of our environment."

Federal water quality priorities include completing CERP projects, rehabilitating the Herbert Hoover Dike and revising the Lake Okeechobee release schedule. The city's water quality priorities are outlined at

The event was sponsored by the Sanibel Recreation Center.

Lunch was catered by the Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey's.

The chamber's next business luncheon is on Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott. Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Chief Executive Officer Ryan Orgera will be the guest speaker. Members need register in advance at or 239-472-1966.



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