Fox 4 Now
May 17, 2017
Troubles in the basin: Bad behavior and bad water in Bimini
CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Claims of naked boaters, all night parties,
and fist fights all in plain view! A popular Cape Coral Park within eyeshot of
it all. Fed-up neighbors complained to Fox 4 News.
we dispatched investigative reporter Alan Jennings to look-into the alleged bad
behavior. And, what he discovered on the beach and in the water could be
Resident Lisa Sheriff told Jennings she witnessed boaters tossing buckets of
human waste overboard into the basin. Thatís not all; Sheriff claims that other
homeowners living on the water's edge have witnessed people on boats having
sex, and getting beat up.
police have been called, Sheriff said. ďItís a nightmare.Ē
4 discovered Bimini Basin, located just south of Cape Coral Parkway near Palm
Tree Boulevard, does not have boat bathroom pump out stations, increasing
the risk of human waste making it to the shore of Four Freedoms Park along the
basin -- a park frequented by families and their children.
To check for human waste contamination, Fox 4 called Sanders Testing Labs of Ft
Myers. We had them test for fecal coliform. The results were
positive. 108 CFU.
John Cassani says the testing levels should trigger posting an
advisory there for no swimming.
Coral officials told Fox 4 that Four Freedoms Park is not a swimming beach, and
is posted as such, and wonít say if the water safe or unsafe.
4 didnít find a single sign indicating that swimming is prohibited.
family told Fox 4 they have allowed their child to wade in the water at the
Park, but because of our story they may never come back.
Fox 4 checked with four agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, Cape Coral,
Lee County, and the Florida State Health Department. None of the agencies
claim they have no jurisdiction to keep the waters of Bimini Basin free of