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Council For Progress gives thumbs-up on new vision for Cape's downtown

June 13, 2014

Cape Coral business leaders moved forward Friday with a plan to study the Bimini Basin and its surrounding properties for future development opportunities....

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Jun-15-14 10:11 PM

This city is so jealous of Naples. It has always wanted to be that. As long as none of my tax dollars are used for this I could not care less.

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Jun-14-14 4:45 PM

JimRoach: Why don't you run for city council. You seem to know what our problems are and should sit on council to find solutions. The idea of tourism in the Cape is somewhat of a joke. We really have little to nothing to offer as tourism. Atracting business is a good idea, but we need someone to find out how to attract big business to the Cape. There are stumbling blocks to that. We have no direct access to I-75. We lack the contiguous properties that big business would need. The City gives no real incentives for businesses to relocate here. Our permitting is actually cost prohibitive to business and residents. Permits are way over priced for what is needed.

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Jun-14-14 2:59 PM

1sandy: I wrote about some solutions that are needed. Try comprehending what you read instead of trying to denigrate others who voice their opinions. I lived here longer than you have and seen more schemes come up, money spent and then the scheme is thrown away. The Mayors idea is OK on paper. Who will pay for it? I stated that it is within the CRA district. The CRA must pay for it. We have a park that has been said to be a future park. Festival Park is it's name. It is being used as a dump for public works. How long is it supposed to be a future park? I also find your comments very offensive. All you ever do is try to drag someone else down when they express their opinions. Get a life.

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Jun-14-14 2:51 PM

Lolita: The CRA has to pay for itself. Doing away with paid CRA staff was a first good move. As for moving to a more commercial base. Look into tax credits for large business moving to the Cape. A big problem we do have is direct access to I75. Much of downtown is the same as it was when the Cape was started. To be honest, one solution would be to tear everything down and rebuild it to look like it should today. That's not feasible though. We need an anchor store, which I doubt we will ever get. It was hoped and stated that the Veterans Foundation would attract more people to downtown. That never materialized because they don't offer much to many non Veterans. there are no simple solutions to the CRA district problems. I'm just happy that we don't have people being paid for many fly by night schemes now.

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Jun-14-14 2:39 PM

There are several studies showing the problems with large pre-platted communities, like Cape Coral. They are no longer allowed to be developed in Florida. It turns out that they work well for the developers who sell the empty lots. However, when homes and families show up and the demand for City services increases, the taxes from residential properties cannot provide enough revenue to support the City Services. Cape Coral's tax base is 92% residential. The solution is to broaden the tax base by adding more business and convention/tourism to the equation. It is good business to take a portion of our time and budget to look at ways to fix this problem.

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Jun-14-14 2:10 PM


Please share your great ideas for downtown and the entire CRA including how to pay for it. It's easy to throw stones. Please share how we can move to more commercial than residential and how it can be paid for. No is so easy.

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Jun-14-14 8:30 AM

Julie, I believe this was brought up at a CRA meeting and was shot down. Now the Mayor is trying to circumvent that decision by bringing it up during budget talks. The CRA would have to pay for this project, as it is within the CRA. The CRA is still paying off the loan from the city for the undergrounding of the power lines I believe. What is really needed downtown is a complete facelift. It looks like it probably did in the early stages of Cape Coral. It needs an anchor store. That was the mantra used by the Veterans Foundation. That sure hasn't brought an influx of people to do any shopping. Even Winn Dixie isn't doing that big of a business either. This project won't do much for downtown until other changes occur as I stated.

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Jun-13-14 10:54 PM

I thought this cockamamie idea bit the dust during a City Council meeting a few weeks ago. Who/what is the Cape Coral Council for Progress? Another reincarnation of the defunct CRA or the Mazurkiewicz Blinding Vision of Optimism or the Make a Buck for Tate Plan? Or a little of all three?

"We haven't seen movement in years in the CRA." There's a reason. I know all this happened before you arrived in the Cape so perhaps a history lesson is in order. As in CRA staff being summarily dismissed; money wasted on painting old, for-profit store fronts; the parking garage that never materialized; the sweet deal concerning the raggedy hotel/low cost apartments; plans to replace pavers on Cape Coral Parkway. Ah, the memories of things that never happened, funny money, and sweet deals. It appears Da Mare's come under the spell of the Mazurkiewicz/Tate/CCCIA/COC coalition. Riddle me this. Who's paying for the study and the plan and the students doing the work?

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