City of Cape Coral to begin testing tidal impacts of open gates at Chiquita Lock
Beginning Friday, April 6, the city of Cape Coral will begin testing the impact of high tide flows on canal levels around the Chiquita Lock. The City received a permit modification from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to make operational changes that will allow both gates to be open during certain high tides. The city will be conducting the testing and will be monitoring water levels prior to implementing any operational changes. The testing should continue about 10 days.
Both gates will be open simultaneously during these testing periods. This may cause faster currents than normal in and around the lock. The city will be gauging the impact of the tides on the canal levels and evaluating the time duration that the gates can remain open.
Due to the increased currents expected during the testing, boaters are encouraged to use caution as they traverse through the lock and the surrounding waters.
Source: City of Cape Coral