Letter: Preserve our paradise

What do Joe Batte, Fay Biles, Kjell W. Pettersen, and Sayre Uhler have in common? All have written letters to the editor and or guest commentary’s and all belong to the infamous group appropriately named C.A.V.E. (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) which includes MITA, CARES, POP, Friends of Marco, the waterway council and the recall committee.

Joe Batte states it is appropriate to keep the status quo with septic systems. Has someone forgotten to inform him that there are two potent sources of the hydrogen sulfide aroma that permeates the air?

1. The fact that below the island paradise we live on once was a mangrove swamp, that man created into this island paradise.

2. The effluent runoff matter from existing septic systems.

Common Sense tells us that septic systems and a mangrove island are not compatible.

Collier County Officials made a huge error when they permitted septic systems on the island to appease the lot owners in undeveloped areas so they could build. It was wrong but the expedient thing to do! That huge error was realized some 15 years ago when septic system permits became only temporary permits. Where you informed?

Everything I read from various sources state that septic systems in coastal areas, low lands, near swamps, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water suggest other means of sewerage (waste) treatment. Some members of C.A.V.E. have reported an opposite viewpoint based on taking bits and pieces of information and developing their own theory that satisfies their objective.

Preserve our paradise and eliminate septic systems.

Wayne Waldack , Marco Island

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Lolala writes:

Mr. Waldack, do you know for a fact that septics are the primary cause of all that gas? If so give me the source of your knowledge. Depending on common sense can get you into trouble. If you look at the science and study the process, you will understand why soil containing decaying vegetation is an excellent environment for septics. After all the process is about biological degradation. All those decaying Mangroves give our septics a bacterial boost as the process is ongoing and occurs naturally on Marco Island as the existance of the gas proves. Common sense tells you that the sun must revolve around our world, but we know better don't we? To simply inform us that "everything I read" without telling us what you are reading is not sufficient to satisfy those of us who are seeking the truth. What references do you have? Share the source of your conviction with us. Is it possible that digging up our man-made island released all that gas into our atmosphere? Who was responsible for that? The developers who built the island or the construction workers who are disturbing the soil? Was the gas forming in the ground before or after septics? Was the gas causing a problem prior to the STRP? I wonder? Cause and effect, experience, research, knowledge and observations, not common sense tell me, it was the city that made my street stink. Vote for change vote for Allen, Batte, Hall and Neylon. They understand science and they will be far more prudent then the people resonsible for all this gas in our streets.

Oracle writes:

Mr. Waldack, The city has assurred us the dewatering does not contain any septic tank contamination. That is why they can pump it into the canal. Are you accusing the city of lying to us?

happy6 writes:

mr waldack...go buy a dozen shrimp...put them in a bucket in the canasl..then watch what happens when the helicopter spraying for "skeeters" flies over...you'd be amazed how the shrimp react...point is...there's something bad in everything we do on this planet...but some things have to be done to survive..don't fertilize your yard, don't spray your plants, don't wash your roof, car or boat...and please don't forget to recycle....i can survive fine with my spetic.

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