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Cape Coral:Threatened lawsuit has no merit

October 1, 2013

Cape Coral officials say a threatened lawsuit designed to replace a barrier removed from a city waterway is without merit and the issue is close....

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Feb-06-14 1:00 PM

I pulled up this link: *********** and looked at the north spreader breaches photos when the boat lift was in place. Scum was pouring out of those breaches into the pass. Reinstalling the boat lift won't solve anything and make matters worse.

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Oct-02-13 12:32 PM


That sounds like a plausible solution. A temporary road could be built near the boat launch, so as to not disrupt traffic.If the creek on the south side of PIR were widened, then boats could have access to the Pass South of Matlacha.

I still think a "Pressure Relief Canal" would be helpful up by Gator Slough. This would also lessen the boat traffic along Shoreline, as many would head out from the north end of the spreader.

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Oct-02-13 10:33 AM

raydunavant- I was thinking of something similar, however the 13 breaches do already spread the water as shown in the dye test. But I will not agrue that the tidal flow along shoreview drive is pretty fast during incoming and outgoing tides. it is like this even when there is no fresh water entering from the weirs. It is too narrow of a channel to handle the volume of water. It is usually fine once you round the corner from D&D to where the old barrier was and it is fine once you reach buzzards bay. I was thinking of letting the water continue along south and put in a small canal/ bridge that goes under pine island road so not as much water needs to make the turn at D&D. sorta like the small bridges that separate matlacha from little pine island. They are talking about doing the same thing with lake O and crossing rt41. Doing this alone would elevate a good portion of the volume and fresh water, because on the other side is all mangroves.

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Oct-02-13 9:04 AM

Perhaps if there were a series of canals through the mangroves into Matlacha pass, there would not be a larger flow to the south.

Perhaps the Rosen brothers were right all along!

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Oct-02-13 8:56 AM

the environmental groups never negotiated in good faith. They were the ones who welched on the agreement. There is a document from 1989 from the fder saying the spreader is not doing what it was meant to do, it was not doing a sheetflow. The barrier was doing more harm than good, that was why it was removed and that is what would happen again if reinstalled. The stakeholders were supposed to come up with better alternatives or reinstall the barrier. The problem here is there were clearly better alternatives and the stakeholders wanted the barrier back regardless of what better alternatives there were. So it was the environmental groups that welched, they failed to contribute to better alternatives. they don't want the boat traffic along shoreview and want to limit cape coral's boating access to the fisheries, everything else they say its just a smokescreen.

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