Captiva Panel Meeting Commences with Moment of Silence

Santiva Chronicle Staff Report

The Captiva Community Panel opened its meeting Tuesday, Oct. 8, with a moment of silence in honor of the late Tom Rathbone, who was a longtime community volunteer and served as the Panel’s treasurer. He passed away Sept. 21.

In other agenda items, CCP Administrator Ken Gooderham reported Lee County approved funding for one year of the iguana control program on the island. Alfredo Fermin, owner of AAA Wildlife Trapping and Removal Service, is on Captiva every Tuesday to remove as many iguanas as possible. After a yer of the county covering the cost, the panel may look at a tax plan to continue the project.

Gooderham also reported there is a draft of a plan to create a walkway from the post office, located just past the entrance to South Seas Island Resort, to the Island Store at the corner of Captiva Drive and Andy Rosse Lane. There has been ongoing concern over drainage in certain areas, Gooderham said. While the CCP is paying for the cost of the plans, the Lee County Department of Transportation will defray costs for improvements.

LCSO Deputy Mike Zawicki reminded boat owners to remove their valuables from their vessels. He said typically there is low crime on the island, but things do happen. He also said the sheriff’s office would be happy to assist any resident who would like to install security cameras at their docks with placement.

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