COMMISSIONER'S CORNER: MAYOR TIM TUMULTY
In a normal Commissioners Corner, I typically discuss projects that the city is undertaking and give updates on their schedule and completion dates. Those projects affect some percentage of the residents in our city, sometimes with minimal change to their daily lives and sometimes with much more disturbance.
This month I feel the need to discuss something that affects each and every one of us almost every day. You see it, you smell it, some play in it, some work in it and at one time we actually ate from it. Of course you now know that I am talking about the Banana and Indian Rivers. The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) system is in peril. We cannot sit in the stands anymore. We can’t just make rules restricting pesticides and storm drain runoff. We can’t just say, “Don’t do that anymore.” Yes, we do need to continue those initiatives. Yes, we need to actually DO something. Some say that the degrading conditions of the IRL is being caused by pesticides, septic tanks or lack of water flow due to causeway restriction. I don’t believe it is caused by any one of these alone, but by a combination of these and potentially something that we haven’t discovered as of yet. We need to stop talking about what might be causing the death of the IRL and get to work to find the root of the problem and cut it off. Yes, we do have people looking into this problem, but only on a small scale. Stopping the potential death of the IRL needs to be taken to the next level.
We need help! The magnitude of the problem is far greater than any one city can fix. It is beyond our county’s ability. It may have reached a level such, that the State of Florida doesn’t have the means to save the lagoon. I hope that is not the case. I don’t want to rely on the Federal Government for assistance.To get this moving, I am asking that each and every resident of Cocoa Beach and the surrounding communities, contact their city commissioners, county commissioners, state representatives, state senators and governor. We need our leaders to know that we all care, and that we want them to make that effort to stop this environmental disaster before it is too late.
You can always reach me either by phone 321-698-9552 by my city email address.
Or, by a new email I created solely for the IRL issue at: SaveTheIRLnow@gmail.com