GOLDEN GATE, Fla. - Some residents living on the Golden Gate Canal in Collier County say their canal has become so overgrown with roots and algae they can't even get their boats in the water. Now, they want the county to do something about it.
"It hasn't been out for probably eight or ten months," Alex Anderson says of his Jet Ski.
Massive overgrowth causes boats and personal watercrafts to have trouble operating without getting the layer of green growth sucked into propellers and motors.
"There's a lot of people along here that have boats, that had them in the water. But, they pulled them out of the water and have taken them other places."
Right down the road from Anderson's house is the Golden Gate Community Park where the county recently spent thousands to put in a boat ramp. However, Anderson claims it isn't used much because the canal is so clogged up. In some areas, the top surface of growth stretches from one side of the canal to the other, creating a barrier.
According to Anderson, the canal has looked like this for the last year, and it's getting progressively worse.
Now, the homeowner's concerns have turned toward hurricane season. "What's going to be the effect if we have a storm, when everything has been accumulating in here?"
Plus, Anderson is concerned this coat of green that's disturbing the water flow will eventually affect wildlife and the location it's supposed to flow to near the Everglades.
A spokesperson for the county says Southwest Florida Water Management is in charge of the waterway. They are currently looking into the situation. Stay tuned to WINK News to see what the agency does about the clogged canal.