Cape Coral seeks $2M in State Funding to Push for Chiquita Lock Removal

by | Oct 27, 2020 | Press, Stormwater

Originally published by WINK News on October 26, 2020

The City of Cape Coral is moving forward with hopes to remove the controversial Chiquita Lock.

The fight over whether the lock should be removed has spanned several years, and the city hopes to get $2 million in funding from the state to help its cause.

The city wants to get rid of the lock because of boat traffic concerns, even after the Florida Department of Environmental Protection denied the city’s permit to remove the lock in March.

But Director John Cassani of Calusa Waterkeeper says removing the lock will be bad for the environment, so he can’t understand why the city is still pushing to get rid of it.

“It would affect the mangrove community, and it would impact endangered species and their habitat,” Cassani said. “Two million dollars is an awful lot of public money to continue to pursue something that has already been through the legal review.”

The mayor said they are not sure if they will actually get the funding they are requesting, but he wants to make sure this is on the radar for legislators in Tallahassee. He hopes the funding request will bring the city closer to seeing the lock gone for good.

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