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Updated: 03/13/2014 08:00:06AM

No determination yet on Punta Gorda mangrove violation

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PUNTA GORDA — Southwest Florida Water Management District officials are waiting to decide what kind of sanctions — if any — a city contractor will get for chopping down a swath of protected mangroves along Harborwalk East near the downtown area.

According to City Engineer Mark Gering, city staff met with the water district — the permitting agency, better known as Swiftmud — last month to discuss the ramifications and possible penalties facing Quality Enterprise USA, a Naples-based contractor hired to do drainage improvements in sections of the city near Bayfront Health Punta Gorda (formerly Charlotte Regional Medical Center) and Gilchrist Park.

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