December 10, 2010
Cape Coral canals overgrown with relentless weeds
CAPE CORAL: Weeds are growing rampantly in Cape Coral canals, creating unsightly scenery and leaving boat owners high and dry.
Bob Janashak and Adele Major like living in Cape Coral because of the canals.
"The boating and the view to sit in your lanai and just look at the water," says Janashak about the canals.
Lately, the water in the canal behind their house off of Southeast 1st Place has been unsightly, and the boat hasn't moved.
"You cannot take your boat up and down if you do you gotta go real slow and make sure the engine doesn't get stuck," said Janashak.
This is because the canals are overgrown with weeds.
"When people come here to buy a lot on a canal people just look, see what they see and drive away," said Janashak.
It's Lee County's Hyacinth Control's job to keep these canals clear.
According to their records, they treated their canal in July and October; and will clear it again since the new complaint.
The problem is the vegetation is relentless, being somewhat resistant to the herbicides the county can legally use.
Despite it being a common problem in the freshwater canal system in southeast Cape Coral, it does not mean the county cannot keep trying to kill it all off.
The county also says Cape Coral's new fertilizer ordinance will help because it means less fertilizer will drain into canals, causing weeds to grow.
Bob and Adele hope it works.