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Approval granted! Remove the Chiquita boat lock now!

April 5, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the City of Cape Coral deserve a huge thank you for approving the removal of the Chiquita boat lock, and the comprehensive, detailed and extremely thorough 31-page report that confirms, beyond any doubt, there will not be any adverse effects from its removal. This outdated and useless lock is a serious safety and navigational hazard to all boaters that should be removed immediately!

Unfortunately, a group from outside the City of Cape Coral, the Matlacha Civic Association, has filed a lawsuit to stop the removal of the lock. This group and its members have been spreading untruths and gross misinformation about the impact the lock removal will have like lowered water levels and the mangrove s dying, just to name two. The facts are that water free flows 24/7 through several breaches along the South Spreader Waterway's western bank with daily tidal flow and this happens with, or without the boat lock! The NW Spreader Waterway lock/lift was removed years ago and the mangroves are not dying and the water level has not dropped at all as a result. The body of water called the Gulf of Mexico determines this water level! Do any other areas of Florida need a boat lock, you ask? Miami-Dade County, with over 2.7 million residents and a lot of vessels - no lock! Ft. Lauderdale-Broward County with over 1.9 million residents with a lot of vessels and miles of canals like Cape Coral -no lock!

When this lawsuit is resolved in favor of the FDEP and the City of Cape Coral, I certainly expect the City to sue this association and each individual member for all legal fees incurred in our defense of this frivolous and baseless lawsuit. Cape Coral taxpayers should not be burdened and forced to pay for this outrages lawsuit!

Capt. Geary A. Quinn

Cape Coral



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