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Plans to preserve land near four mile cove stalled until Cape Coral fixes damage

Posted at 10:56 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 22:57:25-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The fight to preserve a stretch of land along the Coral Pointe canal in Cape Coral is now on hold.

This comes after a meeting with between the land's owners, local environmentalists and the Lee County Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee, Thursday night.

That's where discussions to conserve nearly 200 acres of land was tabled, because the land needs some work.

"We just can't buy it right now with the issues that are going on," said Conservation 2020 Committee member, Shane Spring.

Back in August, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection cited the city of Cape Coral for digging up part of the land, destroying mangroves in the process.

And so far, that damage hasn't been fixed.

"Till we have a clear, concise plan from the city of cape coral we can't move forward," said Spring.

Spring adds that he had some concerns, because if the county takes on the property as is, it could end up costing thousands to repair the damage done.

It's news that was disappointing news to the land's owner and local environmentalists.

"I understand their concerns, but I think a little bit of communication should be able to fix that," said Preserve 4 Mile Cove member, Jason Pim.

The group plans to meet again on January 9 and will discuss the issue again at that time.

In a statement, the city of Cape Coral says they have come up with a plan to fix the damage, but claims they need it to be approved by the DEP before they can move forward.