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Cape drivers want to know why city won't pay for pothole damages

Cape drivers want to know why city won't pay for pothole damages

By Colleen Hogan. CREATED Jan 26, 2012

CAPE CORAL, FLA. - Fox 4 is hearing about more bumps in the road from drivers in Cape Coral, who are fuming over potholes. 

 
They want to know why the city isn't paying for the damage to their cars!
 
Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan is taking their frustrations to the city to get some answers.
 
It's a problem she first exposed a few weeks back when a Cape driver destroyed her wheel on what she called a stretch of rotted road. 
 
Since the story aired, FOX 4 has heard from dozens of you, who want to know why the city won't necessarily pay if your car gets damaged.
 
A few months back, Ed Llewellyn was driving on Diplomat, near Andalusia in the North Cape, to help a friend in need.
 
"His car had died on the side of the road," he said. "I went and gave him a jump."
 
But Llewellyn ended up being the one in trouble, after he hit a pothole.
 
"I did see it," he said. "But I have a car on the left side of me, I'm not able to just slam my brakes on and get over."
 
He says the impact bent his rim, sent his hubcap flying and screwed up the car's alignment. Damage he estimates, around $300. 
 
"My car had no chance of making it through it," he said.
 
Llewellyn reported the damage to the city. But was told they weren't responsible, because they didn't know it was there.
 
"Oh it's so aggravating," Ed's mom Fran Llewellyn said. "He's gotten the royal runaround."
 
Fran also let a code enforcement officer know about the pothole. But says she was surprised by his response.
 
"He said it's not his job," she said. "And I said, well you're up and down the road all the time. He said, well, it's just not my job. I said, well, how 'bout you just doing the right thing?"
 
City spokesperson Connie Barron says city workers do call in road problems, but they rely on drivers to let them know where the potholes and other problems are.
 
"It's unfortunate that they're saying it has to be the second person," Fran Lyewellyn said. "It should be the first, the second, the third and whoever until it's fixed."
 
The city has since repaired the pothole that Lyewellyn hit.  
 
Councilman Kevin McGrail, who represents portions of the North Cape says the best thing you can do if you see one, is to report it to the Citizen's Action Center at Cape Coral City Hall. 
 
Colleen Hogan, reporter
chogan@jrn.com