Letters to editor for Monday, March 22, 2021

Readers write about beach access, controlling the COVID pandemic and other topics in…

Letters to editor for Monday, March 22, 2021 1
Letters to editor for Monday, March 22, 2021 2

Lee beach access also too restricted

A letter (published Sunday, March 21) stated most of Vanderbilt Beach (in North Naples) is for the rich and the public has very little access. The writer believes the coastline should belong to everyone, not to private owners. I feel the public has been discouraged from using  the beaches of Captiva, first by the minimal parking available and second by the ridiculous increase in parking fees.

Sanibel is working on making its beaches less available by increasing its fees as well. It’s obvious the waterfront is being reserved for the wealthy, since the prices no longer allow anyone but them to own a home.

My middle-class grandparents provided me as a child with a fabulous summer camp that we all enjoyed for 45 years until the amount it could sell for made my father forget it was supposed to remain in the family for future generations. That spot is affordable only to millionaires today.

 Friends came to Cape Coral looking for a retirement home last year and when they saw the fees for using nearby beaches, they headed to the east coast and purchased a place in Port. St Lucie, where they can use many beaches for free. How about that concept? They find plenty of free parking at numerous locations.

I am so sorry to see how this country denies access to beaches. 

Linda Spies, Cape Coral

Governor let spring break spread virus

This governor struts publicly because he actually believes he is smarter than all of the scientists. He perceived no COVID-19 surge resulted from his wide opening of Florida for spring break.

Someone should enlighten him. All of the mask-less and non-distancing young folks who flooded our beaches and bars were potentially COVID-19 carriers, symptomatic or not. After their binges, where did they go? Back home to their parents, grandparents, the rest of their families and their friends to transmit the virus. The potential for large numbers of victims could almost equal the size of this governor’s ignorant ego. It’s also possible DeSantis is aware of this but in his boastful bluster regards the lives of non-Floridians as entirely insignificant.

Walt Massey, North Fort Myers

Appreciation for Gov. DeSantis

For most of 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis was the target of attacks in this newspaper. DeSantis, Yale- and Harvard-educated, former military lawyer and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, was once described to me by a former House colleague as “the smartest guy in the House.”

His intelligence, coolness under pressure, comprehension of “the science” and his refusal to mandate a cure worse than the disease have placed Florida at the forefront of all states in protecting our people from the coronavirus. Ignoring critics, he persisted in rejecting the ever shifting proclamations issued by the CDC and my college classmate, Anthony Fauci, while protecting the most vulnerable. All Floridians, even those who criticize him, are blessed to have DeSantis looking after us.

Bernard Long, Bonita Springs

Governor’s discussion on COVID-19

Gov. Ron DeSantis held a roundtable discussion about COVID-19 on Thursday, March 18, giving voice to scientists who have been silenced during the pandemic. Lockdowns, masks, schools and media coverage of the pandemic were among the topics.

I found it to be the most illuminating COVID-related conversation in the past year. Mainstream media, of course, has not thoroughly covered it and its conclusions, but you can find it online; it runs about 90 minutes. Please watch the discussion and fight the censorship that is now a practice of establishment media.

I feel indebted to our governor for not only saving our state’s economy but also its sanity.

DeSantis is going places; mainstream media and his detractors are right to fear him.

Gwendolyn Heasley, Naples

Vaccination for visitor but not veteran

I really need to vent a little. I have been trying every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the Publix website since mid-January, and the CVS site since it started, to get a COVID vaccination, with no success.

On three occasions, I made it to “Book Now,” but when I tried, there were no appointments available.

I’m 87 years old, a Korean War veteran, a cancer survivor and a full-time resident of Florida. My wife also is 87. 

Yesterday I overheard in a conversation that a Canadian citizen down here to get a knee replacement operation got his vaccination Thursday at CVS. He mentioned that his neighbor booked the appointment for him.

I found this to be more than a little upsetting for a number of reasons: 

Who is paying for a Canadian to get the vaccine? I think my taxes are funding this program.

To his well-intentioned neighbor, congratulations on circumventing the process. You can be very proud of yourself for denying an American citizen the opportunity to get what could be a life-saving opportunity to be vaccinated.

Finally, thanks CVS for showing how much you appreciate my service.

Donald Doran, Bonita Springs

‘Leaders are just being obnoxious’

What the heck happened to the GOP?

It’s one thing for the extreme right and extreme left to make noise, but in Congress these days, it seems all the Republicans are trying to one up one another to be the next Trump. I see no compassion, no concern, no policies coming from them. I see only obstruction, openly racist remarks, irreverent, flippant, rude, derisive.

I have known Republicans my entire life and none of them act this way. So why are the elected officials in the House and Senate behaving this way? What does it get them, other than a 15-minute performance of non-welcoming remarks and thinking Trump will keep them on his “not naughty but nice” list.

It is time for the silent Republican majority to start speaking out to their elected officials for their behavior. If not, I can only presume the contemptuous behavior of so many of these Republican officials is accepted. That saddens me.

And what’s really sad is our country is hurting so much and these elected leaders are just being obnoxious, with not a care in the world about their people. I’m so disgusted by them all.

Beth Summer, North Naples

Alimony legislation could hurt families

I have been a family law attorney for nearly 17 years and have become intimately familiar with the current alimony system in Florida. I have represented both payors and recipients of alimony, and I have personal experience paying alimony.


Having worked with many families during what can be an incredibly distressing time, I am deeply troubled by state Senate Bill 1922 and House Bill 1559, which would alter the current alimony system significantly. This proposed legislation would unnecessarily limit alimony, which could harm those who have proven needs for alimony.  Current statutes have safeguards that protect both those who pay and those who require alimony. 

New limits proposed by these bills would serve only the potential alimony payors, at the expense of those who need alimony to meet their living expenses. In turn, this inevitably would affect the families of those individuals, all to allow possible payors to save money that they, by definition, have the ability to pay. The law does not permit a court to order people to pay alimony if they do not have the ability to pay.   

Legislators should proceed with caution (on these two bills now in committees, according to web pages of the Senate and House). The proposed changes to the alimony system would have devastating effects on Florida families. Seniors, children and others who are vulnerable could suffer because of it.

Reuben Doupé, Naples

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