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Cape Coral issues burn ban and “Stage I Water Shortage” with mandatory one-day watering

April 14, 2017

City Manager John Szerlag has issued a burn ban for Cape Coral and has declared a Notice of Emergency – Stage I Water Shortage....

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Apr-20-17 8:06 PM

Is there a Lawyer that read this. I think what they are doing is illegal. To cut the use of the water and not compensate the customers. I don't think the this Szerlag guy has that power to do this legally, he is just a city employee, I do not think that he can arbitrarily steal the money of the customers but cutting the use of the water they paid for. Maybe we can get a nice Class action suit against the city the way they are doing business.

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Apr-20-17 3:32 PM

So people that don't have irrigation systems can't use their water at all, what kind of solution is that. I pay for my water and I will use it. I am not putting in a sprinkler system to use it. The water is mine I paid for it and I'm going to use it.

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Apr-20-17 7:01 AM

hook up the sprinkler to your main water line. The city will be ecstatic. They can charge you for the use and not have to process the the return sewage. double win for the city$$$$

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Apr-19-17 4:47 PM

Cutting back watering to one day a week for four hours that day is not a good solution. Cut the watering to two hours on the two days. No watering by hand, as that defeats the purpose of cutting back watering.

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Apr-17-17 4:36 PM

If you want to have the soil retain water you leave it covered with vegetation,- not clear cut it like the morons do here.

You can't do it it not acceptable,- It must be done or in and other hundred years this area will all be desert.

Do I think it will happen, NO I do not.

Never the less it must happen and quickly or one of the most unique ecosystems will be lost for ever.

Short sightedness and greed must take second place to preserving this place. And I'm not talking about some loony leftwing so-called fix that will make everything wonderful.

I mean real, smart and lasting solutions must be found and implemented

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Apr-17-17 4:27 PM

I understand what you are saying LM. But there is no other way to do it. The moratorium needs to start in southern FL. The northern part is not as bad now. The only way you can slow it down and stop it is by letting the ecosystem recover and restore the natural watersheds that have been disrupted. The sheet flow must be restored. All vacant land should be covered with growth, bushes tree's grass what ever will grow. land that is covered with growing things looses a lot less water then bare land. The cutting of the vacant properties must stop, it was only ever a scheme to get more money out of property owners nothing else. Other communities in Florida do not allow clearing the land until you actually build on it for that very post

Just like they are trying to restore the Everglades, and they are trying to buy more land to stop it from being developed locally.

They can manage a city successfully they are not going to be able to manage the water crisis either.

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Apr-17-17 11:38 AM

djraal - Logically speaking, you cannot close-down the state of Florida. I feel, we should however take precautions and have safety measures in place to grow the economy at a pace that is sustainable. There needs to be roadblocks put in place to slow things down a pace when we reach a hurdle. This water crisis is a major hurdle and a solution needs to be found before cautiously proceeding with all the other projects that this city has started and invested money in, without having developers on board. Without developers on board to foot the bill, the tax payers will be left footing the bill.

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Apr-17-17 9:55 AM

Shut the door that is correct. This state can not support the amount of people that live here, whether you like it or not. Population per square mile of Florida,

in 1910 there were 14 fourteen people per square mile.

in 2000 there were 298 people per square mile.

Per the census bureau.

That is a 2100 percent increase in only ninety years. The state can not support any more people the natural resources are stretched too thin already.

Look at how Florida has changed in the last 100 years

These are simple facts.Its an either or situation you stop the influx of people or destroy what is left of the ecosystem of Florida.

No two ways about it.

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Apr-17-17 9:38 AM

Nobody is saying "shut the doors". What we are warning is that you can't open the flood-gates when there is little to no water. Water is a necessity. It's time to slow down with the build, build, build mentality and look at the big picture. EX: Old gold course property. Council should be asking themselves one simple question. If they plan to allow hundreds of homes to be built there, can our existing infrastructure handle it? Will this create problems with the existing water & sewer? People move here to enjoy boating & fishing. We need a viable solution to our current water crisis. All I am saying is they should fix the problem before causing more problems and more money for it's existing residents. This city has too many projects in the works. How about finishing a few before beginning more.

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Apr-17-17 8:39 AM

Shut the doors...don't let anybody else in. We are here, don't need more people, etc. etc. Not new folks...Happens whenever we have a "crisis". Deal with it please. Let's say, for once in our lives, let's work together to find a better way. Who knows, the answer may be out there somewhere, but leave the door open. Even now, a new structure being proposed to bring in more people. That was proposed many years ago...was turned down before it got off the ground.

For once, can we try to just look at all that is being brought forward and make real suggestions not saying no before we even research the issue.

Good luck everyone.

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Apr-16-17 7:22 PM

The sad part is, our Mayor is more concerned with advancing her pet project "Bimini Basin" than she is about our "Water Shortage crisis". We are now entering our "lightning strike season", so we all better hope and pray that we will have enough water in our canals to fight the fires, which is inevitable. Yes, we have fire hydrants that are hooked up to our canals and the canals are at an all-time low. Let's NOT sugar coat the reality. Without rain in the forecast, a dangerous situation is a real possibility.

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Apr-16-17 6:59 PM

James71 - We all know that will never happen. LOL. On the contrary, the constituents better prepare themselves for an increase. In order to move water into the Cape, it's going to cost us all. More "growing pains" for a City that keeps pushing building, yet hasn't thought ahead regarding our water shortage issue, which, will not be going away any time in the near future. More homes equal more water usage.

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Apr-16-17 10:16 AM

so you will cut the rate you charge for water to 1/2 of the current rate?

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Apr-15-17 1:09 PM

There should be a building moratorium put in place. There is not nor will there be in the future enough water to sustain the growth they want. The desertification of Florida must stop. The only way to accomplish this is by stopping building.

If they don't this place will turn in to the Florida desert.

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Apr-14-17 9:16 PM

Shaman423 hit the nail on the head. More homes will translate into more lawns to water and the need for more water. This is only the beginning of things to come. Why aren't we dredging our canals in order to hold more water during the rainy season? This Mayor & certain members of council are so consumed with their "Pet Projects" that they are not focusing on what is happening right before their eyes.

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Apr-14-17 5:17 PM

Everything is already dying or dead.So lets reduce our water usage while continuing to issue building permits. Next dry season, we'll get 2 hrs/week.

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