CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Unusual signs are raising eyebrows in one Cape Coral neighborhood. They warn of a danger of quicksand.
Residents want to know what's going on with huge piles of sand off Chiquita Boulevard, and turned to WINK News to find answers.
We found out the big piles of sand, and subsequent signs, are because of a canal dredging project. Gator Dredging is using this site to filter the sand from the water, and in the meantime, the message is clear: stay away.
The signs say: "Danger! Quicksand. Do not enter." And they're grabbing the attention of some of the neighbors. "Myself I thought, hey, stay away, it's danger, and I worried about the kids going near them," said Cape Coral resident Sherry Hollenbach.
Dick Lange with Gator Dredging says the signs are here for a reason. "What we want to do is make sure everyone is aware of any kind of dangers," Lange said.
The company will soon start dredging these canals. The pits in the ground will be used as dewatering cells, separating sand from water, before the sand is hauled away.
During that time, the area off SW 31st Terrace, and its uneven ground, will be dangerous, especially to small children. "It is a construction zone," Lange said.
But before you start thinking of the "classic up-to-your-neck" idea of quicksand, this kind isn't quite as treacherous. "It's not like the old TV shows, this sand here, it'd be a little wet, it would be like walking on a balloon," explained Lange. "You're not going to sink into it, but we just don't want the public to play in it."
Gator Dredging has been dredging canals for the city for more than a year, and are expected to be in the neighborhood for about two months.
So far, they haven't had any problems with kids or animals wandering into those big pits, but they have had a problem with some people stealing those quicksand signs.