Public meeting called to discuss water release

Posted at 11:23 AM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 18:44:45-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- All of Lee county mayors will unite for an emergency meeting Wednesday morning to discuss the Lake Okeechobee water releases.

As a group the six mayors are hoping to consolidate their influence and shine a spotlight on the troubled water.

They need the state legislature to make this issue a top priority on their agenda.

Tourists are less then impressed with our local waters and the people who have lived here all their lives fear their quality of life is drowning in darkness.

Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson says he is hearing every day from people crying out for help.

By uniting, the Mayors hope to grab the attention of the state legislature sending them a message that spending money on water quality projects needs to be a top priority.

Mayor Henderson believes more water retention facilities, just outside Lake "O" are needed so the brown water can be cleaned in a filter marsh before it goes into the Caloosahatchee.