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June 5, 2014

To the editor: How many of the citizens complaining about parking actually have been to the new Boathouse at the Yacht Club? No matter what new development happens in Cape Coral people complain....

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Jun-10-14 11:37 AM

CCC there is a lift for wheel chairs. it takes them from lower to upper deck.

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Jun-09-14 11:30 AM

I took friends to the Boathouse for early dinner. We parked at the beach in a Handicap Slot (legally) and walked to the venue. Several issues: (1) it’s a 2 level club with smoking on the lower level. Smoke rises. (2)The non-smoke section is up a flight of STAIRS; so NOT ADA Compliant. (3) There was not a seat to be had! The tables were claimed by folks just hanging out and certainly enjoying the great view. We were there for dinner and drinks but finally left and went to Rumrunners to enjoy a fabulous dinner. If I had paid $5 just to have to turn around and leave, I’d be very angry. (4) There was an 18 wheel trailer parked at the head of the pier. Definitely not Code Compliant! Try taking a photo of the fountain with THAT in the background! I’d like to be there at the Sunset Celebration! I wish this beautiful bar the best, but some things definitely need to change!

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Jun-07-14 5:50 PM

As I have said before. The complaints are not about the Boathouse itself. They are about the parking. Valet parking should never be right in front of the venue. The purpose of valet parking is for those that choose to use it because they don't want to park their own car. All of the venues I have ever been to have had valet parking where the vehicle was parked further away from the venue. Some of you just don't seem to understand the actual purposes of valet parking.

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Jun-06-14 6:13 PM

Personally, I think all parking should be first come, first served. With that being said, I have not had an issue finding a place to park. I might not get right up front but spots are available. Heck, I usually walk further in the Publix lot or at the mall. I think this is just a perception issue with spots being blocked off.

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Jun-06-14 4:22 PM

Read the letters and decided to try it today and it worked. Found a parking space real close, early around 10:30 a.m. Had small breakfast (yes they serve breakfast 10 to 11 a.m. with coffee very reasonable. Boats were pulling up for gas, and then decided to stay for early lunches, soft music (island type)., and it was really very comfortable and wonderful view..Something out of a southern magazine. Worth going back another time for lunch and then will try dinner. First impression....home run for the Cape. Share with all the next time.

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Jun-06-14 9:45 AM

The Boathouse is a win win for the city. Finally the Yacht Club becomes a waterfront destination and not an afterthought. However, the parking issue is something that will only worsen over time. Council needs to direct staff to look at short and long-term viable alternatives. Nothing should be taken off the table. As an example; the tennis court area is extremely limited, poorly maintained and in need of costly repair. Many teams from around the area refuse to play league matches there because they are so poor. Instead of sinking money into repairing an obsolete facility, relocate the tennis courts and eliminate the handball courts to free valuable space for parking.

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Jun-06-14 8:54 AM

It is the same old, same old! BWAHAHAHA! No matter what this City does, the malcontent bus pulls up everytime. We don't have a nice place at the water front, they say. The "Boat House" appears and right away the malcontent bus pulls up and you can hear the crying and whining, "NO PARKING, PRICES TOO HIGH." Those "premium" parking spaces would be taken up by the 35 employees of the restaurant, if they weren't utilized for valet parking, which btw, now allow for 2 and half times more parking spaces for the restaurant and beach goers. Ad how aobut that over weight guy at the Council meeting crying that, there is hard liquor at the new restaurant and our kids aren't safe anymore to go there without me, BWAHAHAHAHA! CRY BABIES, THE WHOLE LOT OF THEM!

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Jun-06-14 5:51 AM

I've got a suspicion that if the valet slots were free we wouldn't hear nary a peep from anyone, no matter where they were located, in a premium location or otherwise. In the end all these complaints are rooted in the benjamins and people trying to prevent any type of change to the landscape. Most complaining don't care that we can now have a nice "meal" in a nice venue on the water. Why? because all they care about is "not" having the ability to get their 50 cent cup of coffee anymore while ruling the deck at the "old" venue.

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Jun-06-14 3:01 AM

I don't believe the complaints are with the Boathouse itself. The complaints are about the way the parking is being done. I have dealt with valet parking for many years. Never has valet parking areas been next to the venue. Those parking spots are normally far away from the actual venue. Even in the Port of Tampa, valet parking is not taking up the premium spots. I also find it interesting that all of a sudden the city decides to try to alleviate the parking problem by adding more spaces. Those parking spaces are not where parking is free though. It is in the area that is designated for valet parking. It seems the business is being catered to at the expense of the residents.

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