Originally published in The News-Press by Patricia Borns on June 7, 2019

Fort Myers could have a new green space for residents to enjoy or a new storm water detention feature – options that 550 people will be asked to choose from in a survey to help the city decide the next incarnation of its former South Street landfill.

Spanning close to four acres in a residential neighborhood, the site that contained toxic lime sludge was recently cleared and excavated after 56 years, sparked by reports in The News-Press.

A group of committee members and residents was sufficiently concerned to ask Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani, a local ecologist, to help them understand the issues.

Cassani’s non-profit protects Southwest Florida waters, from the Caloosahatchee River to Lake Okeechobee.

From there, they took their concerns to a Thursday night ward meeting with the councilman responsible for the area, Johnny Streets.

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