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Time for some serious discussion on parking regs

January 23, 2014

The holidays may be behind us but Cape Coral City Council is expected to discuss an “evergreen” on Monday: Whether the owners of travel trailers should be afforded the same parking considerations as......

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lightswitch

Jan-23-14 11:03 PM

There are more worthy problems to be addressed in this city than parking regulations.

I don't want the mayor or the council taking on this project and letting things like, How to get rid of over $13 million worth of land paid for with tax revenue and now just sitting idle.

Take some of the land buffer it from the sight of neighbors and coax a private company to park boats, trailers, and RV's for a cheaper price than Punta Gorda.

Do you suppose they have storage of those vehicles because they blight the area they would be parked in for most of the year?

As far as the city and costs there is no concern for a Utility Tax already short $112,000 for its first month of mandatory collection. Getting Festival Park up and running so it turns the first nickel in revenue to offset some real estate tax.

Parking regs are not going to be reason the city's growth will be hurt. It will be things like the utility tax, fire assessment, high water & sewer charges, and assessments, some

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Raydunavant

Jan-24-14 6:45 AM

I guess we will be seeing a lot more of Paul Barnes!

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grumpy19

Jan-24-14 2:43 PM

There is nothing on the city council meeting agenda concerning this. Is that possibly because someone o council wants it kept quiet at first? We went through this in the past. The arguments will still be the same. Cape Coral is not an RV/Trailer park. We are a water oriented community. Thus the allowable boat/trailer parking allowed past the rear house line. I too, suspect that Bares is involved in this as he was before.

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vharring

Jan-24-14 3:45 PM

Please check the agenda under "new business."

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grumpy19

Jan-24-14 3:59 PM

Val, I looked yesterday and it was not listed at that time.

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Haninginthere

Jan-24-14 10:22 PM

If the mayor starts making common sense changes like this my opinion is going to change. Let’s wait and see but this lady may prove me wrong and be a good mayor which is what I hope happens.

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DOAshrimp

Jan-25-14 7:59 AM

Who is Paul Barnes?

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JustanotherBill

Jan-25-14 10:58 AM

I keep my 18 foot travel trailer in storage. I planted some plants to make an area so it will be out of sight and I can park it in my back yard unnoticed once they grow some more. If they make this change it will make things so much easier and better. This would be a common sense change that would really help some residents out and wouldn’t hurt anyone.

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KirstenThompson

Jan-25-14 12:04 PM

LS says, "I don't want the mayor or the council taking on this project and letting things like, How to get rid of over $13 million worth of land paid for with tax revenue and now just sitting idle."

While this issue may not be important to you, it may be important to others. Is it or is it not council's job to address concerns that residents bring forward...or must they be vetted by you first?

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lightswitch

Jan-25-14 2:39 PM

This issue Kristin Thomson has been hashed out time and time again. The majority of the residents do not want it revisited or changed. PUT IT ON A VOTING BALLOT AND SEE. Who knows may be more than 15% of the 192,000 registered voters may come out. And at the same time we can see if the numbers balance with regard to the number voting against total yeas and nays? Bottom line is also this parking regulation will not change the growth issue in this city with the number of regressive TAXES that have been put in play. High water & Sewer Assessment of $17,000 to $20,000 and higher, a 7% Utility Tax on electricity kilowatt hours used and the newest a Fire Assessment of $100 to $200. All these taxes not deductible from Federal Income Tax and when added to the Real Estate Tax gives the true millage rate this poorly directed city really has. The State should have stepped in years ago when they found 22 flagged problems most of which were refuted by the city manager and backed by the cou

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lightswitch

Jan-25-14 2:53 PM

History yes! But how many time consuming issues arose from the stalling to fix those historical problems? Not to mention the millions of dollars to fix the problems which went from total nonexistent accounting practices, to complete neglect of security for the city's pin numbers, accessing its computer system remotely from off site locations, leaving city checks in uncontrolled area, etc. etc. etc.. Take the time to read the St. of Fl Auditor Generals report under a former city mgr. who resigned in 2009. You know the one with all the PROFESSIONAL and EXPERIENCED. Lack of history will ensure you to get lost!

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JustanotherBill

Jan-25-14 3:41 PM

Lightswitch, since you are almost always on the losing side of every debate I am now even more optimistic this will pass.

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lightswitch

Jan-25-14 7:39 PM

Is that why there are over 4,500 homes for sale in Cape Coral and more than 2,500 for rent? Trulia**** shows the number of foreclosures here are still vwey high more than 2,000. Because of the parking regulation?

It may very well pass Bill but that is not going to stop the hemorrhage of revenue for the city. That is why they have to stay under 10 points and millage and keep adding separate taxes to keep the state of Florida from getting involved. Eventually the debate won't matter when the city paints itself into a corner. The sooner the better!

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KirstenThompson

Jan-26-14 8:01 AM

<sigh>

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1sandy

Jan-31-14 8:41 AM

I for one specifically bought in a Residential Zone 20 years ago so I did not have to look at trucks, boats, trailers and RV's on driveways in my neighborhood as I did back East. If these commercial vehicle owners bought in a Residential Zone they already knew, or should have known about the restrictions, so now they can move or comply with the restrictions.

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CapeKev

Feb-03-14 9:45 AM

to lightswitch. Not that this has anything to do with the topic but Trulia's numbers are vastly overstated of properties that available in Cape Coral. There are usually about 1600 single family homes for sale in the Cape. Sales for 2013 were pretty strong and prices year over year have been in the double digits for the last 4 years. Even foreclosure rates are pretty much in line with what they were before the bust. It is only a matter of time that the assessments catch up so the millage rate can stay the same but revenues will increase by having higher property values. also money collected on increases in the amount of building permits which has increased each of the last 3 years. Things are looking up for the city the doom and gloom is gone. as far as trailers, keep in campgrounds where they belong.

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CapeKev

Feb-03-14 9:48 AM

meant to say price increases have been in the double digits.

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lovethecape

Feb-08-14 12:46 PM

A few points to think about -- When there are RV's or Trailers parked in driveways you can see by them to pull out of your driveway and especially if they are parked on a corner lot you can't see what's coming. The next thing is the differene between a boat and an RV or Trailer is you probably can't live on a boat where people could easily live in an RV or a Trailer. On the news yesterday they were talking about people living in storage units. If they could be parked permanently, how could you prevent people from living in them which brings up a set of new problems. Electricity, waste etc.

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lovethecape

Feb-08-14 12:48 PM

Meant to say You Can't see by trailers and RV's in driveways pulling out.

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