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MCA holds 2nd gala fundraiser

April 3, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Matlacha Civic Association held its 2nd Watercolors Gala Saturday night at Wild Child Art Gallery in Matlacha to raise funds for the Matlacha/Environ-mental fund. The gala raised a total of $10,000.

The Matlacha/Environmental Fund was originally established to fight the Cape Coral annexation of 2016. Since then MCA has taken on the fight to stop the removal of the Chiquita Boat Lock, to replace the Ceitus Boat Lift Barrier and to force Cape Coral to comply with the Clean Water Act.

In December 2016, the Cape Coral City Council voted to annex six lots on Matlacha Island to the city of Cape Coral. In the days following the annexation, Pine Island residents organized a series of meetings and protest rallies in an attempt to reverse the council's decision.

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Those on hand for the MCA Gala included, from left, Debbie Farrell, Peggy McTeague, Yolanda Olsen, Robert Zarranz M.D., Rick Farrell, Douglas Coventry, Mike Hannon and Karl Deigert.


The MCA filed a lawsuit against Cape Coral requesting a review of the annexation because the city "has not met the requirements of the annexation statute ..." and, "the property to be annexed creates an illegal pocket or enclave in violation of the statute."

Oral arguments were heard before three judges at the Second District Court of Appeals last Oct. 23. The court is scheduled to hand down a ruling this month.

"Our case against Cape Coral is to keep the existing Chiquita Lock, or to replace the Chiquita Lock with a new one, goes to hearing April 11-12," Mike Hannon said. "The Matlacha/Environ-mental fund has helped us pay for the best ecologist, Kevin Erwin, to help. Our goal to either persuade or force Cape Coral to comply with the Clean Water Act is in sight and we wish Mayor (Joe) Coviello would sit down with us, rather than paying lawyers to fight against clean water."

Beer, wine and food from a number of island restaurants were served at the gala and live music was provided by Douglas Coventry.

"I want to thank the Farrells, Rick and Debbie, for their donation to provide the music for the gala," Hannon said. "Douglas Coventry with his acoustic/pop/rock/country added a special touch and kept everyone entertained all evening."

Peggy McTeague, owner of Wild Child Art Gallery in Matlacha, provided her gallery and courtyard for the event.

"Peggy McTeague brought many fine artists to the gala which went a long way to helping us raise as much as we did," Hannon said.

If you missed the gala, donations to the fund can be made at the MCA website, or U.S. mail to Matlacha Civic Association, PO Box 121, Matlacha, FL 33993. MCA is a 501(c)3), and your donation is tax deductible.



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