Erosion eating away at land at popular waterway

Posted at 10:49 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 22:49:01-05

People living around a popular Southwest Florida waterway are worried about erosion.

The corner of Surfside Boulevard and Beach Parkway in Cape Coral sees a lot of traffic on the water. 

"Once you get passed this area here, it's scruff and garbage-looking," said David Fiskum, who has lived in Cape Coral for the past decade.

But it's the lack of land that is worries people who live there.

"I was kind of surprised at how much it had eroded over the last couple of years," said Joe Cervoni, the Southwest Cape Coral Neighbors Association president.

The constant flow of boat traffic taking its toll on the area. 

"Any kind of a wake, even at five miles an hour is creating an erosion behind the berm here the city did a few years ago when they put in these sidewalks," said Cervoni.

The City of Cape Coral has maintained the area by putting up barriers for speeders, but the runaway erosion problem has been a little trickier. The city replaces the soil as it is stripped away.

"The more they add, the more will be taken away as people come around with their boats," said Cervoni.

He suggests a sturdier solution.

"Riprap or something like that would probably help maintain some of the soil so it doesn't erode as quickly as it has been eroding over the last couple of years," he said.

Homeowners think 'riprap' or boulders would be worth the investment. Plus it'll add some beauty to a popular waterway and fishing spot.

"There's not many places where you can come and see such a beautiful sunset and see boats coming up the waterway," said Fiskum.

But the longer it takes to address the erosion problem, more work will be needed.

"But little by little, it is disappearing and people are a little concerned," said Cervoni.