Originally published by Sanibel Captiva Island Reporter, Islander & Current on November 14, 2023

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation partners who are fighting the removal of the Chiquita Lock in Cape Coral have been granted the opportunity to move forward and pursue their claims on the merits of the case.

The SCCF reported that it and other nonprofits who had joined together to oppose the lock’s removal were pushed to withdraw as petitioners from the legal challenge in August. Administrative Law Judge Suzanne Van Wyk recently ruled that the other parties remaining in the lawsuit could proceed, and the case will commence on Nov. 29 to decide if the city of Cape Coral will be able to remove the lock.

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