County administration instituted a process that could have brought sewer
lines to Cape Haze in the early months of 2013. Such a development would
have required all home
owners to abandon their septic systems and instead connect their
homes to a new waste water line. The cost for this project would
have been born, at least in part, by individual home owners as an
assessment added to yearly property tax bills.
Residents of the community formed a committee to serve as the focal
point for gathering and disseminating all available information
concerning this project. In addition, the CHPOA Board of Directors
authorized this committee to represent the interests of its
members. The committee
was chaired by Lee Buechler and included CHPOA President Art Hanson,
Bill Snyder, Percy Angelo, Marv Medintz, Bill Dahms, Ross Witschonke,
and Homer Hoe. This CHPOA website was selected as the
primary means for making information available to Cape Haze property
owners and it was visited heavily during the process.
The committee members were very active in meetings and
correspondence with county officials and also conducted a survey by
mail to gauge community sentiment. Our survey results
correctly predicted that the County would discover broad opposition
for the proposal. CCU did in fact uncover little support for
the initiative and, as of May, 2013, the project has been abandoned.
Public Meetings and CCU Survey Results
Representatives from Charlotte County Utilities (CCU)
hosted three identical meetings in the Cape Haze
Community Center, two on Thursday, February 14 and a third in the
evening of Thursday, February 21. Bruce Bullert, Charlotte County Engineering
Services Manager, provided a great deal of information on the
engineering challenges and solutions that could be employed.
He estimated that the assessments could be $13,400 for each home
and $7,400 for each vacant lot. You may view a detailed
compilation of questions and answers from CCU by clicking
or by choosing the "Questions/Answers" link on the left of this
Mr. Bullert stated that the will of the community
would determine the fate of the project. Should a majority
desire service, CCU would install the system. However, if a
majority rejected the proposal, then the project would terminate.
To determine the level of support within the community, CCU
conducted a survey of all property owners by mail during March and
The CCU survey results were made public in early May and revealed
that an overwhelming majority of property owners opposed the
project. CCU formally notified all owners of their termination
of the project by mail. A copy of their letter can be
downloaded by clicking
here or by selecting the "CCU Final Notice"
link on the sub-menu at left.