A few Islanders asked about privacy issues: please know that your email addresses were NOT shared with SurveyMonkey.com. The final screen of the survey was simply an advertisement to be ignored. Do not worry if you clicked the ‘opt out’ button, your survey was still counted. The survey responses did not have any names or email addresses attached to them when they were collected for data. Now and in the future, your survey participation is always anonymous.
We were also asked if only one person per household could take the survey. There can be only one poll completed per email address. The annual dues cover all household members, but we mostly have only one email on file for the household. When we update the member directory, we will be adding a field to enter an additional email address.
Correction to the Island Poll: The Interlocal Agreement between Charlotte County and the Englewood Fire District is effective for 5 years. It states:
"This Agreement shall be for a term of five years beginning from the Effective Date and terminating on December 31, 2016. Either party may terminate this Agreement without cause upon providing to the other party written notice of termination by April 1st of any year with termination to occur at the end of the calendar year (December 31st). This section shall not be construed to limit or restrict the right to terminate this Agreement in any other manner specified herein. Any termination of this Agreement by the County shall be done by a majority vote of the Board of County Commissioners."
Since the April 1st deadline has passed, the contract will still be in effect through December of 2013. The Island Watch will continue to monitor activity regarding fire protection services.