Water-Related News

Cape Coral: DEP needs to stop Fort Myers discharges

Cape Coral city staff took a swipe at Fort Myers in a letter Monday to the state for what it calls the city's “unabated effluent discharges.”

Cape Coral wants the state Department of Environmental Protection to apply the same standards to Fort Myers as Cape Coral or it might "pursue all legal remedies available."

The letter earned a strong rebuke from Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson. “I think that’s unnecessary and uncalled for and a little pushy,” Henderson said. “I think we’re all on the same page on where we want to get on the water quality issue.”

Henderson spoke from Washington D.C. as he was with other Southwest Florida mayors – including Cape Coral Mayor Marni Sawicki – to lobby for aid from federal lawmakers and agencies for assistance in dealing with polluted water in Southwest Florida waterways and beaches from Lake Okeechobee releases.