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Speed-limit change creating safety worries on Estero Bay

February 6, 2020
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

I live in a condo on the south end of Fort Myers Beach and have great concerns about the new boat speeds in Estero Bay.

Since the speed limits have been increased to 25 mph the boat traffic appears chaotic with some going slow and many going very fast. It's a wonder there have not been any collisions between boats. In addition to boat safety there are questions about the serious damage being done to docks and mangroves by the excessive wakes from boat. We can observe the shoreline eroding away and the docks deteriorating. In addition we used to see dolphins, manatees, kayakers and paddleboats in the bay but it now appears far too dangerous for anything other than boats.

The authorities that have the power to change the speed back to slow or no wake should act before an accident occurs and/or irreversible damage is done to docks and shorelines.

Robert Carran

Fort Myers Beach



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