FDEP planning to approve removal of Chiquita Boat Lock in Cape Coral

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) plans to approve the removal of the Chiquita Boat Lock in Cape Coral.

The purpose of the lock’s removal is to improve the South Spreader Waterway.

The City of Cape Coral has been trying to have this lock removed for several years now.

One Cape Coral fisherman said he goes fishing every other night and sees manatees come close to the lock often.

“I think it’s probably a good thing,” said Greg.

He said boats fly by atop the manatees, so hopefully this will help keep manatees and dolphins safe.

While some see the positives of the lock removal, one man thinks it could be a possible danger for his grandparents who live nearby.

“It’s just another avenue for people to randomly vandalize stuff,” said Joey Regueiro, as he referred to the lock being no longer existent.

Part of the removal plan is to install a 165-linear foot seawall along the north end of the south spreader waterbody and to plant over 3,000 mangrove seedlings along the waterway. Another part of the plan is to install oyster reef balls in this area where the lock will be removed.