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Cape Coral holding special meeting to discuss Chiquita Lock

Posted at 8:07 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 08:15:13-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- The City of Cape Coral is holding a special meeting to discuss a lawsuit preventing the removal of the Chiquita boat lock.

According to legal documents, the Matlacha Civic Association is suing the city and the Department of Environmental Protection in an effort to keep the lock and uplands.

The city is planning to remove them and install a seawall. A permit by the DEP for the lock's removal was issued in 2018.

The lock helps control water levels in Cape canals and creates a barrier between the fresh water in the canals and the brackish waters of the Caloosahatchee River.

Many boaters are in favor of the removal, as the lock creates boat traffic on busy weekends. Others are in favor of keeping the lock in an effort to keep polluted runoff water in the canals from flowing into the waterways.

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The meeting is a 3 p.m. in council chambers.