WTK: What's the delay for Cape Coral park project
A Southwest Florida park has been closed for an improvement project for 2 and 1/2 weeks now. But a FOX 4 viewer say he's been by everyday and has not seen a lick of work being done.Photo: Video by fox4now.com
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Southwest Florida park has been closed for an improvement project for 2 and 1/2 weeks now.
But a FOX 4 viewer say he's been by everyday and has not seen a lick of work being done.
He wants to know: What the delay is all about.
“Everybody uses this park for kayaking and fishing,” says Richard Beggs.\
But not since March 25th. That's when the city closed the Sirenia Vista Park in west Cape Coral for an improvement project.
Richard tells us he's been stopping by everyday since then to check on the progress.
“The machines were parked for weeks, and nobody was out here doing any maintenance,” he says.
So we went to the city spokesperson to see what was going on.
" The plan was to close the park March 25th, which we did. We then moved some equipment in. And we started having issues with water quality. We needed a turbidity barrier, and we also need to address some siltation issues,” explains Connie Barron.
But when we showed up to the park on Wednesday -- work had restarted. Richard doesn't think it's a coincidence.
Reporter: "You've been coming here for 3 weeks to check on the place, and this is the first time you see work being done?"
Richard Beggs: "Yes."
Reporter: "Why do you think that is?"
Richard Beggs: "Because I think you guys called."
The city spokesperson does confirm work restarted Wednesday. And she also has this message for Richard: “Bottom line, once we're done, it will be a better park with better fishing and a manatee viewing area, so just be patience.”
The $200,000 project is being paid for mostly by a county grant.