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Fate of Chiquita Lock mulled by council

February 26, 2013

With every option Cape Coral City Council was given on the future of the crumbling Chiquita Lock, the elected board seemed to have three questions on how each one would work....

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certainsmile

Feb-26-13 2:57 PM

No way will home values skyrocket if a new lock is in place. Those homes located behind bridges still would be limited to smaller size boats. Ask a realtor if home values skyrocketed in the Cape with the removal of the tollbooths. Access out was speeded up as the proposed new lock would do. Nope, no increased value. If the canals are our "liquid roads" and the bragging point of the city why charge only some citizens? If your property value will go up with solid roads then you pay for your access roads with this thinking.

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certainsmile

Feb-26-13 3:05 PM

Will the Marina in Cape Harbour pay for every slip, and rack for each potential boat at the same rate as the homeowners? Fair is fair. Oh, that's right. Businesses are always subsidized by the residential property owners in the Cape.

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certainsmile

Feb-26-13 3:12 PM

We could make the lock a toll lock just like the toll booths with sun pass like stickers on the boat. A camera could record the boat license number for violators. Charge a reasonable $6-$10 per return. Increase the cost of boat licenses and put these monies into a lock fund. Hey NW residents. With the thinking of this council you should be paying a huge assessment it the spreader lock is replaced!

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Raydunavant

Feb-27-13 7:19 AM

Certainsmile,

The lock can handle boats up to 70 feet LOA.

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jamesgrimm

Feb-27-13 10:21 PM

Personally, I think we should take the lock out. Cost of operation would be zero. It does not change the level of the canals by more than a foot and there are numerous areas where water flows unrestricted thru the mangroves. As for assessing the residents that use the lock, this cost should be shared by the Cape as a whole. Just because I live on the water does not mean that I should bear the burden of a new lock. I am on city sewer and water in the southwest but I am paying higher water bills for the much unused north water plant that was unnecessary. If the city council wants to put a new lock in, go for it but all should pay. This is a boating community and even if you live on a dry lot, you may have a boat on a trailer and use the waterways too. This councel does not get it.

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