Published: Dec 27, 2010 11:51 PM EST
Updated: Dec 27, 2010 8:05 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla -  A multi-million dollar boat lift and barrier project is causing a divide between two communities.

A Cape Coral Neighborhood Association opposes it.

But people on Pine Island support it, saying it will help protect the environment.

The issue is centered around the old Ceitus boat lift and barrier.

Since it was removed several years ago, people living on Pine Island say all sorts of pollution has been drifting from canals in the northwest Cape, but people living in the northwest Cape say that's not true.

"We are not contributing to the pollution out there. The pollution is coming from mangroves, Caloosahatchee's not coming from us," said Rick Williams.

Williams is a member of the Northwest Neighborhood Association in Cape Coral.

They opposes building a new barrier and boat lift in the northwest part of the city.

They even started a petition to get more support.

"We don't see any sense of putting it back in. Environmentally it's going to be more destructive," Williams said.

The barrier and boat lift were removed after it was breached.

Rick says putting it back will be a financial disaster and cause more environmental problems.

"It's not going to improve the environment. If it were we'd be for putting it back in," he said.

The cost of rebuilding the project is in the millions.

But people on Pine Island says it's worth every penny.

"It's a simple case of money and politics verses environmental protection," said Phil Buchanan.

Environmental activist Phil Buchanan says without the barrier; pollution has drifted into Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound killing off all sorts of marine life.

"It's pollution, sand and fresh water and that's because they took the barrier out."

Dye tests to show which way water flows have been inconsistent, so its unclear

what or who might be the real root of the problem.

Both sides agree protecting the environment is a top priority.

"We need to do something that keep the environment clean," Williams said.

In January the Department of Environmental Protection will do more dye tests to check which way the water flows.

By that time, the Northwest Cape Neighborhood Association hopes to have to more signatures by then.