The Captiva Community Panel will be represented by Attorney Ralf Brookes in the City of Sanibel’s petition against South Florida Water Management District. The decision was made during the Panel's October meeting.

The petition is intended to change the Minimum Flows and Levels that keep water flowing towards the islands. In the petition, Sanibel officials have asked for the MFL’s to be raised in the dry months and lowered in the wet months to keep the estuary at target salinity levels. The current MFL in the wet season has proved to push too much freshwater into the area and exacerbated the island’s water crisis. Panel Member David Mintz called the current rule “capricious, arbitrary and vague.”

The public hearings will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 at Fort Myers Water Management Building, 2301 McGregor Blvd.

Wastewater Committee

Panel Member Jay Brown has requested assistance from the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation and Sanibel's Natural Resources Director James Evans in regards to finding the most efficient and ecological method of wastewater treatment on Captiva. The Panel is currently trying to schedule a meeting with SCCF's Natural Resources Policy Director Rae Ann Wessel to hear the organization's suggestions on the matter.

“I understand that (Rae Ann and James) are swamped with water quality issues.” said Brown. Residents and island property owners should visit the Captiva Panel's website at www.captivacommunitypanel.com and read the TKW Wastewater Study for more information on solutions for the island's wastewater problems.

Fire Department

According to Fire Chief Pawul, September was particularly slow so the department ran drills on Sanibel's training tower. Daylight Savings Time is fast approaching and when the clocks are changed, remember to change the batteries in smoke detectors. With Hurricane Michael as a reminder of what exactly can be lost in a storm, it is always a good time to prepare and information can be found at http://captivafire.com/emergencies/ .

Library

The Island Hopper Festival brought 45 people to the doors of Captiva’s Library this month. The library also has a new digital database, RB Digital, where members can rent and download digital editions of magazines, audiobooks, and many other digital forms of entertainment.