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Support ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

January 23, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

Hats off to the Committee of the Islands and Barbara Cooley for bringing the topic of gasoline powered leaf blowers to the table in a recent Island Reporter editorial. The fact that Key Biscayne, with a population twice that of Sanibel, has incorporated this ban into their governance proves that it can be done. It should be done here, and in 2019.

Our landscapers do not use muffler-ed leaf blowers - the ones being used are incredibly noisy. They are not supposed to start using them before 8 a.m., but this week I have heard them running at 7:30 a.m. After reading Barbara's comments, I looked at my yard and saw very little leaf litter and have asked my crew to stop using their gas-powered blowers. Compliance was immediate - thank you.

And then while cleaning my new (April 2018) hurricane-proof windows, I noticed a layer of dust on the sills; I have to think that this comes from the dust being kicked up by the blowers. On one window I noticed a rock pit, on a brand new (8-month-old) window - one would think that this is caused, again, by particles being kicked up by the blowers.

I trust that our city council will take up debate on this measure and give it serious consideration. There are alternatives to gas leaf blowers, and the alternative to the noise - and pollution - being generated by gas-powered leaf blowers is peace and quiet!

John MacLennan




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