Published: Oct 09, 2013 4:22 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The Chiquita Boat Lock will be closed for annual maintenance October 22 through October 30. No vessels will be able to pass through the lock during this time period, so boaters should plan accordingly. The annual maintenance is necessary to ensure the continued safe operation of the lock.

To help accommodate boaters during this closure, the Cape Coral Yacht Basin at the Yacht Club Community Park is offering temporary dockage on a first-come basis at a cost of $12 per foot (per month). The fee will be prorated to the number of days rented. There are limited spaces available, so plan ahead and contact the Harbor Master's office at (239) 574-0809 if interested in this option.

To streamline annual maintenance, Lee County also will be conducting dredge operations in the channel located east of the lock during this same time period.

Any questions regarding this project should be directed to the Harbor Master's Office at (239) 574-0809 or the Public Works Department at (239) 574-0471.