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Downed tree causing problems in Bonita Springs

Posted at 10:49 PM, Oct 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 06:54:15-04

Jose Piniero loves being out on the water, but lately his boat has been sitting on dry land.

"I'm stuck here in 3rd gear,  and I'm not getting anywhere with any answers."

That's because a tree in his neighbor's yard off Gary Road in Bonita Springs fell into a canal.

Three weeks after Hurricane Irma, the tree is still there preventing Pineiro and his neighbors from taking their boats out.

"I enjoy myself by going on out my boat and fish," says Pineiro, who supplements his income with his catch.

Pineiro says he hasn't heard from the neighbors in a couple weeks.  Bonita Springs Code Enforcement told him there isn't anything they can do.

"Telling me it could take a month and a half, I may have to do it myself."

4-in-Your Corner spoke with someone at code enforcement who told us the canal is on private property.

"That doesn't work for me, that's not an answer," said Pineiro.

One of our reporters knocked on the door of the home where the tree is, but did not get a response.  Records show the owner lives in Broward County.