Cape Coral discusses future of boats kept in Bimini Basin, water quality
The future of how boats are kept in Bimini Basin in Cape Coral has been in the works for years, and neighbors still have some concerns about the mooring field for boats, such as what it will do to water quality.
The City of Cape Coral held a workshop Tuesday to hear from the community and show off potential designs for its “Mooring Field Project” in Bimini Basin.
Living on Bimini Basin for more than 30 years, Jerry Deputy has seen it all.
“We’ve had problems in the past with people who stay here for weeks and months, and they dump and cause problems,” Deputy said.
Deputy said he is ready to see a mooring field off his balcony, but what it will look like is still up for discussion.
One design includes 18 boats and another for 15 boats of different sizes.
“We’re keeping it flexible,” said Wyatt Daltry, the planning team coordinator for the city’s planning division.
But not everyone in the area wants to see the basin full of boats. Some are worried more boats in the basin means less privacy in their backyards. And the main complaint to the city is water quality and dumping.
Still, many hope to see some sort of regulation in Bimini Basin.
“I think people who are on these boats should be responsible and have to report to someone about what’s going on, on these boats and proper discharges and things like that.” said Theresa Petralia, who lives along Bimini Basin.
The planning division hopes to bring these ideas to the city council by the end of the year. But it could still be another two to three years before Cape Coral sees a mooring field in Bimini Basin.
“It’s going to be something that is going to be another amenity that we bring to the city for the boaters’ pleasure,” Mayor Joe Coviello said. “Maybe come in, pick up supplies, maybe go down to 47th Terrace. Enjoy the entertainment district and get some shore time.”