TEN MILE CANAL GROUP REPORT 8/22/18: 70 square miles of water goes into a funnel, then into an unfinished canal, that has been ignored for 40 years, and disproportionately threatens the Island Park community.
Dear Cecil, This is a response to the mass email you sent out yesterday 8/31 to all Island Park residents -- Lee County citizens who were trapped for days and lost their homes due to severe flooding that occurred a year ago due to a lack of upkeep and maintenance of our County’s canals and drainage system...
Decades without maintenance of our drainage systems, or planning for development, resulted in this man-made disaster for the Island Park community. We demand a response and a plan going forward from Lee County.
We know that Island Park was different. We flooded twice. There are theories relating to Ten Mile Canal failing and the Airport sending water gushing into our Old 41 Businesses and into our Neighborhoods. We (still) demand answers from Lee County officials and an investigation.
Island Park was included in the South Fort Myers study by Johnson Engineering completed April 2018. We are (still) looking for answers, especially relating to deveopment, the Ten Mile Canal, and the upwater systems that drain under US41 and flow past our Island Park penninsula.
Prior to the storms, maintnence was behind in our neighborhoods. Lee County has taken little action on our swales. We are asking for a report other other improvements made to our Island Park roadways and drainage systems. Are we ready for the next rainy season?
If you haven't already done so, please fill-out the membership form and mail it to us. We need this for all "official" PAC members, as one of our important points is the strength and breadth of our members for political reasons. Yes, it's best if you are a registered voter -- but we welcome everyone who is concerned for Island Park.
Cecil Pendergrass (Dist 2) represents our Old 41 Business District and Larry Kiker (Dist 3) represents the residential neighborhoods along Island Park Road. However, our issues -- and votes -- count for all five (5) members of the Lee County Commission.
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