NBC-2

Oct 03, 2016 

 

Chiquita Lock inching towards removal

Jesse Pagan

 

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/33306848/cape-coral-in-process-of-removing-chiquita-lock

 

Cape Coral’s Chiquita Lock is on the way out as the city finishes permits to remove it.

City leaders have considered removing it for years.

“Oh, I’d love it if they took the lock out,” boater Bill Miksich said.

The Chiquita Lock is another obstacle standing between Miksich and an early morning catch in the Gulf.

“Usually we get here and wait for the attendant to get out here,” Miksich said, “in order to open the gates to let us through.”

That’s the reason he’s in favor of the city’s move to take the lock out.

The city is wrapping up its application to the Florida DEP for permits to take the lock out.

“I agree 100 percent,” another boater, Kevin Mallum, said. “I think that would be the best for everybody.”

Mallum said he is indifferent to the lock being removed but knows why some want it gone.

“People 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.”

There 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.

A 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.

“I 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.”