Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so eliminating standing water reduces risk of disease and infection. Areas like swales and ditches containing stagnant water are breeding sites. Mosquitoes carry serious diseases like West Nile fever and malaria, and these diseases spread quickly.
Despite how we clear our property, we’re subject to the inactions of our public works departments.
I’ve had many discussions with the town about drainage problems on Marco Island. The work along Jamaica, Yellowbird and all around the schools causes more drainage issues downstream. The swales disrupted by the safe roads to school and septic tank replacement program are not graded properly. Construction debris is left in the underground pipes, and most of the installed drainage pipes are not adequately sized, exacerbating the problem.
Public works personnel say they could solve these problems if they had the necessary equipment. As for now, these projects are low on a priority list, and it see me that the tail end of the drainage swales also come at the tail end of resolving the problems.
If we can buy a quick response vehicle, allocate rmergency medical services personnel funds, spend about a million dollars on software and give the Police Benevolent Association raises, both retroactive and future, of 22 percent, then we can surely find funds to effect proper drainage on the island. It could easily be taken from the $8.3 million surplus and uncommitted reserve funds.