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Fort Myers Beach Town Council launches water quality initiative

Residents and visitors asked to send handwritten notes to legislators
Posted at 5:22 PM, Mar 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-05 17:22:06-05

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Fort Myers Beach Town Council is launching an initiative to encourage residents and visitors to help in the fight to win the war for clean water by sending handwritten notes to legislators in Florida and their home states over the next few weeks.

“Solutions to the water quality problems in Florida require a two-pronged approach involving both the federal government and the state of Florida,” said Councilor Atterholt. “Having been a legislator in Indiana and chief of staff for a governor, I know that elected officials rarely get handwritten notes. Receiving even a handful of letters on one topic from people who live in their district or state can really get their attention.”

To participate, residents of Florida and visitors to the state need to find their legislators’ contact information and write them a note explaining who they are, where they live, and why clean water is important to them.

A flyer is also being mailed to every household in Fort Myers Beach, providing information about how to participate with links to websites to easily find legislator names and contact information.

The Town is also placing full-page ads in all regional newspapers to help get the word out.

“It is important to let the elected officials know why this issue is important and that it must be solved because it impacts not only Fort Myers Beach but all of Florida’s environment, economy, and health,” said Town Councilor Jim Atterholt.

Mayor Ray Murphy, Vice Mayor Rexann Hosafros and, Town Councilors Bill Veach and Dan Allers, are supporting their colleague, Town Councilor Jim Atterholt, in the initiative.