Relocate Cape Coral's Hurricane Debris Dumping Sites Now and in the Future
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Hi, Cape Coral!
I'm writing to voice my concerns about the public dump sites for the City of Cape Coral's tree debris left over from Hurricane Irma located on (1) Skyline Boulevard and (2) Andalusia Boulevard. In its excess and long-term occupancy, the sites may cause negative effects on our community's health including inhaling fungus/mold from the massive piles of dead leaves that have been rained on and Organic Dust Toxic Syndrome (ODTS) from the loads of mulching being done daily reaching more than 20 feet high.
Have you noticed the dust your houses or cars have been collecting? You're breathing that in. Not to mention the risk of fires with an upcoming dry season. I should also add that the city has allowed another three huge piles of junk to accumulate consisting of mattresses, couches, hot tubs, fencing materials, sinks, etc. - all of which did not result from the hurricane except for the fencing materials. So why are they continuing to dump this trash? These items are also prone to collecting mold over a period of time and are fire hazards.
I live within a football field's length of one of the sites with a one-year-old at home, and I worry for the health of her lungs being born prematurely. I'm afraid symptoms from this mess will be masked by flu season or allergies. I understand we're very fortunate this is the least of our worries following Irma, and I thank God every day, but I don't think the city properly planned and researched the extent these sites can pose on our community and it's families. Sites like these should be operated in more isolated areas away from families, businesses, schools, libraries, churches, wildlife, etc.
I am petitioning for this site to be closed immediately and relocated while considering an alternative safer site to use in the future for circumstances like this. I understand the city intended for the sites to be "convenient" for its crews working at and traveling to, but what about the health of Cape Coral's residents? Please sign the petition to put our health first! Thank you.
CALL CAPE CORAL'S CITIZEN ACTION CENTER TO LET YOUR CONCERNS BE HEARD!
239-574-0401 (dial 3 to get to the CAC)
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