Protests Rally for Clean Drinking Water

A rally in Fort Myers Beach Sunday brought together a crowd of about 30 protesters with two issues and one common outcry - frustration with their local governments.

Southwest Florida Clean Water Movement's John Heim said he planned the rally months ago to draw attention to polluted water discharges from Lake Okeechobee that affect local waterways and beaches. He was joined by Beach residents concerned about the proposed sea wall of hotel developer Grand Resorts FMB, which would change the natural beach formation, the demonstrators said.

"For over 20 years we have been fighting Lake O discharges for our community," Heim said, "and as activists, we are highly against the sea wall. The perfect storm has come together."