Home' Island Sun : ISN 021916 Contents 2B ISLAND SUN - FEBRUARY 19, 2016
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Throughout the house, open views of
the canal and artwork depicting birds
(some stitched on Shanghai silk) and fish
(purchased annually at the Red Bone
Tournament) reflect the Brooks’ love of
life on the water. The careful attention to
detail, from the choices of flooring (honey
oak engineered wood and travertine tile)
to the knobs and pulls on the kitchen and
bathroom cabinets, is a testimony to the
creative power of collaboration.
This is fine design with beautiful
materials, on a budget, and with a heart.
“It’s where we live,” said Bob. Visitors,
too, will feel they could move right in.
The Brooks’ home is sponsored for the
tour by Dan Hahn Custom Builders,
long-time Peek supporters.
While regular bus tickets for the
Peek are no longer available, those
disappointed by the swift sellout may
wish to consider opting for the first-time
VIP tour at 8:30 a.m ., a smaller, more
exclusive tour including a private guide,
mimosas and lunch. Anyone interested
may send an e-mail to zontaviptour@
The Zonta Club of Sanibel/Captiva
is a service organization of professional
women working together to provide
hands-on assistance, advocacy and funds
to empower women on the islands, in
Lee County and around the world. The
monies raised by the Peek are distributed
in grants by the Zonta Foundation of
Southwest Florida, a registered 501(c)3,
and every dollar donated by Peek
sponsors and benefactors goes toward
Those wishing to support Zonta’s
cause may visit www.zontasancap.com
for information on ways to give.
Lake O Flows
chambers for an emergency session.
Their discussion focused on both imme-
diate and long-term requests of the
governing agencies with jurisdiction over
Lake Okeechobee, including the Army
Corps and the South Florida Water
Management District, as well as fund-
ing requests for relief efforts at the state
and federal levels for CEPP (Central
Everglades Planning Project), EAA
(Everglades Agricultural Area) and water-
shed storage projects.
“It is unconscionable that back pump-
ing into Lake O for any reason would
be permitted while devastating massive
releases are being justified by the current
level of the water in the lake,” Ruane
explained prior to the meeting. “We
demand all back pumping into the lake be
The state’s Department of
Environmental Protection and the
state Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission also issued orders late last
week which would “deviate from permit-
ted water management practices” and
allow the Army Corps to grant Gov.
Scott’s request. The move would also
improve salinity conditions in Florida Bay,
according to a resolution issued by FWC.
As a result of record amounts of
rainfall throughout the new year, Lake
Okeechobee has risen to nearly 16 feet.
Fears of flooding and/or failure of the
lake’s protective levees triggered the
Army Corps decision to open the dikes
to allow maximum amounts of water
– e stimated at more than 3.5 billion gal-
lons per day – to flow out of the lake
and into the Caloosahatchee to the west.
Approximately 2 million gallons of lake
water per day was being released to the
east, into the St. Lucie River.
On Friday, the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission issued
a resolution allowing the Army Corps to
move more water south through Shark
River Slough to ease the effects of flood-
ing in Southwest Florida.
“Discharges to the estuaries are
contributing to impacts to the natural
resources of those estuarine ecosystems.
Those estuaries provide fishing, boat-
ing, sightseeing, seafood harvesting and
other important tourism-related economic
benefits,” the FWC document states.
“Immediate action is necessary to devi-
ate from permitted water management
practices in order to move significant
volumes of flood water out of the Water
Conservation Areas through Shark River
Slough, and subsequently provide oppor-
tunities to move more water south out
of Lake Okeechobee, relieving pressure
on the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie
On February 12, Ruane thanked the
district for taking action on the water
“We commend the South Florida
Water Management District for ceas-
ing the ‘back pumping’ into Lake
Okeechobee,” he added. “Our efforts
to improve communications and work
together towards solutions is our collec-
tive top priority and focus at this time.
We appreciate the efforts of our residents
who responded to the call to cease the
back pumping. We work best when we
speak with one voice.”
The six Lee County mayors plan on
conducting public meetings every month
to discuss both long- and short-ter m solu-
tions to resolving South Florida’s ongoing
water storage dilemma.
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