CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The government shutdown is stalling seawall and dock construction in Cape Coral, and across the state.
In the city of Cape Coral, it usually takes you ten days to get a permit to build a seawall. But operations at the National Marine Fisheries Service are shut down.
If you apply for a permit to build either a seawall or a dock on a saltwater canal
there's no telling how long you'll have to wait.
One man we spoke with needs to build a seawall, before he can build a house, but now he's in limbo.
The property near Tropicana and Burnt Store Road is Mark Poore's piece of paradise.
The New Jersey man eventually wants to build a retirement home, but because of the permit delay he has to wait longer. "I thought this was a go and we'd move right along with this. But now it's being put on hold for I dont know how long. And its very disappointing to me," Poore said.
If you want to build a seawall or dock in Cape Coral, you usually have to wait ten days to get a permit.
The process is done through the city in a partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
But now, operations at the National Marine Fisheries Service are closed as part of the shutdown and there's no telling how long you'll have to wait.
"We've got a lot of other things going on and it's going to come to a halt, because these politicians cant see eye to eye," Poole said.
It's frustrating to HONC Marine's president. His company builds seawalls and he fears this uncertainty will cost him. "It's not going to be a good number, it could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. and we just survived a 4 year recession," said president David Mulicka.
Cape Coral usually processes 115 permits a month for seawalls and docks. If you requested a saltwater permit prior to September 20th, those have been processed and issued.