Lock inching towards removal
Cape Coral’s Chiquita Lock is on the way
out as the city finishes permits to remove it.
leaders have considered removing it for years.
I’d love it if they took the lock out,” boater Bill Miksich said.
Chiquita Lock is another obstacle standing between Miksich and an early morning
catch in the Gulf.
we get here and wait for the attendant to get out here,” Miksich said, “in
order to open the gates to let us through.”
the reason he’s in favor of the city’s move to take the lock out.
city is wrapping up its application to the Florida DEP for permits to take the
agree 100 percent,” another boater, Kevin Mallum, said. “I think that would be
the best for everybody.”
said he is indifferent to the lock being removed but knows why some want it
that want to go fishing in the morning early or come in late, they can’t.”
Mallum said. “It locks them up. Locks me in and out.”
are some boaters who would like to see the lock stay in place, saying it works
as a way to police boats that are going too fast. Adding it keeps other
boaters, wildlife and mangroves safe.
city spokesperson said the removal could cost anywhere between $1-2 million, if
not more. But it’s a price Miksich said is worth it to take out a lock that
takes hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair.
think the reason it was put in originally probably was a good idea,” Miksich
said. “But I don't think that's the case now.”