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Residents combat proposed Cape Coral car wash that would fill in parts of Mast Canal

Residents combat proposed Cape Coral car wash that would fill in parts of Mast Canal
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Time is ticking to submit your feedback to the Army Corps of Engineers about a proposed Tommy’s Express Car Wash site that would fill in a portion of the Mast Canal in Cape Coral.

Its developer Sundream, Inc. recently submitted a permit application to fill in about 1/4 acre of the canal between  Kamal Parkway and SE 28th Terrace to make room for the nearly 2-acre car wash. 

In late May, the Army Corps of Engineers sent a letter to nearby residents asking for comments.

Neighbors are concerned about the noise it could bring to the neighborhood and the environmental impact it could have on wildlife. “Besides the noise, the pollution, it’s going to be rainbow slick across this surface,” said neighbor Curt Dahle, “There’s so many chemicals, pollution, daily runoff from the rain.”

Others like Cary Richardson are concerned about the manatees and fish living at the end of the canal. He said, “Now we’re at the point where we’re trying to save our manatees, trying to save our wildlife and we’re fighting tooth and nail as a residential group.”

The Army Corps of Engineers said comments should be submitted in writing to the attention of the District Engineer through the Fort Myers Permits Section, 1520 Royal Palm Square Boulevard, Suite 310, Fort Myers, Florida, 33919 by June 17th.

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