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Beach Pier needs monofilament disposal station

March 21, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

I recently walked on the Fort Myers Beach Pier and saw a large pile of fishing line and sinkers lying on the pier at the end. I looked around for a monofilament disposal station and, to my amazement and disappointment, there was none to be found. I took the line home with me to properly dispose of it.

I have taken part in monofilament removal by kayak in various places on Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach. I have also volunteered at CROW and seen the effects fishing line and lures have on the wildlife.

On New Years Day this year, I called CROW from Fort Myers Beach because a pelican had a six-inch lure attached to its wing and beak, treble hooks on each end of the lure. This was very sad.

I hope this letter reaches County officials so that they may install several disposal stations on the pier!!

Ruth Schudel

Fort Myers Beach



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