To the Editor:
This is a picture I took in the waterway behind my house on Gasparilla Pass Blvd. in Boca Grande.
I am worried about these manatees with the building of the third bridge, and now that construction is over the bridge is higher and boats go through this area at high speeds. There are no signs to notify the boaters to slow down and sooner or later a manatee is going to get run over and get killed or hurt. Also beach erosion will occur much to the dismay of homeowners along the water that leads to the new bridge.
Before they redid this bridge I was at the meeting to show how the bridges would look. They showed poles that would be put to keep the boats from speeding. Of course now no one remembers the promise to do this.
I have been in touch with GIBA, Kathy Banson-Verrico, Scott Calleson, Fisheries and Wildlife biologists, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Imperiled Species Management Section, and many residents who live close to this third bridge. I am also going to send this letter to Andy Stevens of the Charlotte County Department of Community Services, Natural Resources Division. There has to be someone who will listen and install poles in the water to slow down boaters and save the manatees.
I would appreciate it if residents of Boca Grande would get in touch with Andy Stevens to show your interest in this very important project. His email is Andy.Stevens@charlottefl.com.
I would appreciate it if anyone who would like to join me in this Save the Manatees effort can email me at Nandan@comcast.net.
Nancy ErbBoca Grande
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