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Sanibel mayor voices concerns about lake water releases

Posted: 7:30 AM, Jun 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-14 11:30:23Z

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The mayor of Sanibel wants all six Lee County mayors to join together to find a solution to stop the water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

Two weeks ago, the Army Corps of Engineers started releasing excess water into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers from the lake to bring down water levels.  Since then, both coasts have seen brown murky water along their shores.

MORE: Sanibel mayor writes letter asking for immediate relief from lake water discharges

Mayor Kevin Raune spoke at Wednesday’s Estero city council meeting, and he urged cooperation between the cities.

“I’m asking the mayors to come back together as one voice.  It's Lee County.  Our ask is really simple; it's a call to action. It’s to go to the Army Corps of Engineers.  I'm asking you to join us as you have in the past, as one voice to indicate that we need to have shed adversity.”

The Estero mayor agreed to stand with the Sanibel mayor on this front.

No word yet on what the other mayors will do.