Our Mission: To restore, maintain and beautify
the drainage system in San Carlos Park
This site provides a gateway to efforts to improve the East Mulloch Drainage District (EMDD), the storm water system that runs through San Carlos Park in Lee County Florida. Poorly maintained stormwater drainage systems ultimately negatively effect the health of the estuary by contributing excessive sediment and nutrients.
FYI: Yesterday NBC-2.com ran a story 10/6/17 about all the trees down in the canal, and our concerns of future flooding. Click above to see it. I think they did a pretty good job describing the situation.
I just (10/6/17) got an e-mail reply from Mr Freeman, the chair of the board of the East Mulloch Drainage district about Hurricane Irma recovery.
As far as Hurricane Irma damage, we have been in contact with Lee county to secure FEMA funds for removal of fallen trees in the District. That is the procedure that we used in the last hurricane. At that time, I was told by the County that removing fallen trees from the last hurricane exceeded $900,000 which far exceeds any funding that the District has.
We would hope the County can work out the details in the next couple of weeks. Even if that is done, it will take several months to get this work done by contractors that they would hire.
The restoration issue, in addition to dollars, is also one of man power and supervision to make sure the work is done in an orderly manner. Since the County has such personnel, we agreed that they would be better staffed to oversee this process if they will do it.
On the related topic, I continue to try to figure out a way to get the governance of the EMDD (East Mulloch Drainage District governance and funding structure modified. I believe there are at least 2 paths. The one I am currently leaning towards is to
- asking Representative Rodriguez to try again with the bill that was passed last year, but vetoed by the Governor, and this time have many of us petition the Governor so he signs the bill, by asking him to sign and providing the following information regarding the reserves, which is apparently why the Governor vetoed, provided by Mr Freeman (10/5/17)
We did not have a specific plan for spending reserves.
We have done more work than the annual tax collections provide in the last couple of years, so we were allocating reserve funds to do manual cleaning of ditches needing maintenance in various areas in those years.
We also did some additional mechanical work in the Phlox / Laurel Valley area before the storms.
On 10/6/17 he said:
We do currently have some reserve funds exceeding $100,000, but these are to be held for additional manual work each year, if possible.
A second option, which I am working on, is to meet with our Commissioner, Cecil Pendergras about a way for us to
2. Ask Lee County to simply ‘take over the district’ with a fee structure that is more realistic, or allow us to do another straw ballot, that if enough residents agree to they would set up a Metropolitan Services Taxing Unit (seperate from the San Carlos Park MSTU for streelights and the arches) to take care of the canals. OR find a way to merge the two districts- a longer path.
If you want to be involved in these efforts, and I hope you do, please e-mail me at email@example.com
In the Spring of 2017 a group of FGCU students picked up litter along the canal roadways in San Carlos Park. See their FGCU Colloquium litter pickup video here.
During the 2017 legislative session, Representative Ray Rodriguez introduced house bill 1401
that proposed to change the way the East Mulloch Drainage District was governed and funded. This was to address the obvious shortfall in the amount the district raises, and the needs to maintain the district as described in the analysis report below.
It would have been a 5 member elected board that had the capacity to raise funds without the current pre-defined cap on the limit of ($30/acre) or about $7 per home on quarter/acre lot.
It was vetoed by the Governor. Here is the HB 1401 Veto Letter
I’ve contacted Mr. Freeman to ask what his response is and how he thinks we can move forward.
This 2008 East Mulloch Facilities Analysis Report presents an assessment of the status of the EMDD and summarizes the financial implications for taking over the ownership of the system by Lee County. It provides the history and development of the district up to 2008.
If you have questions, or want to become more involved, contact us at
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