Oct 05, 2017
Removal of Chiquita Lock Delayed by Irma
The Chiquita lock will stay where it is for the time being. The City of Cape Coral has been working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to remove the lock at Cape Harbor. A city spokesperson said Hurricane Irma threw a wrench in the timeline to get a permit to remove the lock. They are now granting the FDEP more time to review and decide if the lock stays or goes.
Everyone talks about the lines waiting to get through it, so it's a point of interest for residents. "We're all for it. During season oftentimes, you have an hour-hour and a half wait just to get in or out of the lock. So it's really problematic for us," said boater Patrick Magers.
"I have a large sailboat and so maneuverability is not like a powerboat, so going through the lock sometimes is a real challenge." That challenge is now turning into an endurance run.
The city first applied for a permit to get rid of the lock in October 2016. The FDEP asked the city for more information to make sure removing the lock will keep the canals and river healthy. The city sent that information by the end of July and the department had 60 days to respond, during which Irma hit.
The extension runs until January 15, 2018. Whenever the feds make their decision, it will trigger a 21-day period for anyone to object.