|Published:||Aug 30, 2010 10:48 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 30, 2010 6:13 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Boaters want the city to dredge the nearly four hundred miles of canals in the Cape, but budget problems have forced the city to cutback.
People living along waterfront property say the biggest selling point is the canal itself, especially for boaters.
However, homeowners fear if the canals aren't navigable, their property values could plummet.
Chuck Bergman is an avid boater and leading the effort to get city canals dredged.
"Dredging, it would eliminate the problem of boaters having damage to their bottoms," Bergman said.
More importantly, he says dredging them would help your property value.
"The biggest thing, would be the value of our properties. They are going down greatly, cause if these are no longer water front lots, it's no longer a city of 400 miles of canals," Bergman said.
The city continues to dredge canals, but budget cutbacks mean they can only dredge two canals at a time instead of six.
Bergman says the city needs to reinvest in the program.
"They should have money for the canals since it's one of the biggest assets the city has," Bergman said.
According to the city, by permit, saltwater canals, like the one Bergman lives on, can only be dredged to five feet at low tide.
Other boaters, like Rick Bauer say the canals are fine.
"There's no problem out this way," he said.
For Bergman though all the canals have at least some issue.
"The longer it goes, the worst it's going to be," Bergman said.
The city will continue on its dredging schedule, but saltwater canals with direct river access take priority, which means Bergman's won't get dredged anytime soon.