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Extended bar hours gathering traction

Council vote expected Monday

March 15, 2018

The South Cape Community Redevelopment Agency unanimously showed its support this week for a city ordinance that would re-establish an extended bar hours program in Cape Coral’s hospitality zone....

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lawmajor

Mar-19-18 7:36 PM

After watching tonight's council meeting vote, all should now be convinced that this council is bought and paid for by The Dixie Roadhouse & it's affiliates. As I stated days ago, Carioscia knew he had the vote prior to bringing this vote forward. He had 3 of his fellow 3 newbies in his pocket & it showed tonight. The Dixie is an LLC - meaning they have limited liability if and when something some wrong. They can close and open somewhere else without incurring much expense. The tax payers of Cape Coral will be on the hook if and when something goes wrong. Nice to see that 1 councilmen had the guts to standup for public safety.

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lawmajor

Mar-18-18 10:24 PM

If this City ever intends to become a tourist destination, it needs to clean-up it's act. What we don't need is more dive bars. People with class do not want to hang out in dive bars. They do not want to walk out smelling like an ashtray. If this City wants to draw individuals with money, show them some ambiance. Personally, I would NEVER bring my visitors to the bars in the downtown Cape. I drive through to show them the downtown area and then proceed over the bridge to Ft. Myers, Bonita Beach and Naples. To bad, because I really thought that this City had potential. Looks like I was wrong. Council appears to be bought and paid for.

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reyemm

Mar-18-18 1:31 PM

The FAST TRACK PAROCHIALISM of the CRA is nothing less than treachery against the citizens of Cape Coral for the benefit of 2 -3 BARS.

As per your statement in this article, "The meeting took all of five minutes, without any public comment pro or con, or a presentation by Joe Mazurkiewicz, president of BJM Consulting, regarding the benefits of the program."

If this isn't BANANA REPUBLIC POLITICS, then I don't understand the connotations.

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lawmajor

Mar-18-18 10:11 AM

reyemm - Carioscia wants to push this through on Monday night and have it up and operation in less than 2 weeks, prior to most people even realizing what just happened. He is expediting it before anyone gets the true figures for " the cost a study (2) the cost of implementation." - His primary focus is representing 2 bars, not the 180,000+ people of Cape Coral. SHAME ON HIM!

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reyemm

Mar-18-18 10:05 AM

District 2 Council Member John Carioscia SHOULD KNOW BETTER, he is a retired police officer.

Additional information by former Cape Coral Police Chief Bart Connelly reported increased numbers of DUIs, batteries, arrests and other calls for service in the south Cape during the first nine months of the trial period.

Should the city leaders put ECONOMICS ABOVE SAFETY? Cariosca is predicting an " ECONOMIC BOOM “. It’s an INTERESTING CONUNDRUM full of sound and fury, told by idiots.

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lawmajor

Mar-18-18 10:01 AM

"did not mention anything about Ordinance 21-18 to be heard 3/19/2018" - Not only is it being heard, it will begin on April 1st! - "The CRA agreed to pay 30% of the overall police costs" - nice of the CRA to support their ex-colleague & friend who recently sat with them on the CRA board!! Last year the police chief had to juggle police presence around CC, just to have cops sit outside these 2 bars, leaving other areas of the Cape with little to no protection. Council doesn't appear to care about public safety. SHAME on them!

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reyemm

Mar-18-18 10:00 AM

1. Why were we, the citizens of Cape Coral, not informed that a portion of the projected costs of the STREETSCAPE PROJECT could or would be used to pay certain costs for (1) a trial period for extended bar hours to cover INCONVENIENCES requiring extra police coverage. (2) What trial period is proposed to council. ( 3 ) When did it become a taxpayer responsibility to subsidize INCONVENIENCES for certain bars due to city upgrade projects and will it become CITY POLICY to pay for a portion of INCONVENIENCES for other venues. ( 4 ) What about the costs to businesses affected by the INCONVENIENCES of the STREETSCAPE PROJECT or does it only apply to CERTAIN BARS?????

2. Reference to the proposed BAR HOURS EXTENSION as per Ordinance 21-18, how do you intend to cover the SAFETY LIABILITIES as previously stated in the local newspapers in 2015 ( " Additional information by former Cape Coral PoliceNewlan has stated that he HAS A SHORTAGE of 35 POLICE OFFICERS.

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reyemm

Mar-18-18 9:54 AM

I ask this of COUNCIL MEMBERS..What could possibly be your reasoning for extending bar hours and negating your first responsibilities as a governing body “ TO PROMOTE FOR THE GENERAL WELFARE “ ? Do you really believe that the citizens that you represent ( 1 ) want you to cost them more taxes so that a few bars can remain open for a couple of hours longer. ( 2 ) want our police officers to be forced to work more hours due to staffing shortages ( 3 ) want to relinquish safety for a couple of bars to serve a few more drinks ( 4 ) want more impaired drivers on our roads????

Additionally, I would very much like to hear a discussion on the Dias on all of the issues I have stated above. I would also request answers about the proposed TRIAL PERIOD as presented by the City Manager at the CRA meeting as well as (1) the cost a study (2) the cost of implementation.

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reyemm

Mar-18-18 9:50 AM

At the CRA meeting 3/6/2018, the city manager says, if a NEW TRIAL PERIOD is approved by the City Council ( he did not mention anything about Ordinance 21-18 to be heard 3/19/2018 ), a portion of the cost for the extra police will be charged to the CONSTRUCTION COSTS of the STREETSCAPE project due to the INCONVENIENCE that the project incurs upon CERTAIN AFFECTED BARS. My understanding is that The CRA agreed to pay 30% of the overall police costs if the NEW TRIAL PERIOD is passed by the council.

Police Chief Newlan said that due to the police force numbers being 35 officers short, he would need to juggle the current police coverage to staff enough personnel to maintain legitimate coverage for the BARS affected by the extended hours.

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reyemm

Mar-18-18 9:40 AM

Should any Council member that accepted campaign contributions from any venue within the Cape Coral CRA, RECUSE THEMSELVES from any Ordinance or Resolution that affects the venue from which the councilperson accepted a campaign contribution?

Did any council member receive and accept contributions for their campaign from any bar owner within the CRA?

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lawmajor

Mar-16-18 1:29 PM

"Honesty is the Best Policy" - Due time this council reveal the truth why this ordinance is being rushed through + shoved down our throats. Jim Burch was honest when he stated "Nothing good happens after 12". You are knowingly opening us up for law suits. Layers will making a killing. With all DUI's already here in the Cape, your solution is "more booze". How can anyone on council justify why the taxpayer should pay for the police presence for these 2 bars??? We are going from being called Cape Comma to now becoming CAPE CORRUPT. Proud moment for this Mayor & council. We all know it's already a done deal.

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lawmajor

Mar-16-18 1:19 PM

OVERVIEW: Dixie Roadhouse will, via social media, request that their loyal patrons rush to Monday's council meeting to show that they are in support of the extra drinking hours. DAWH.. No different that when you tell your children or grandchildren to pickup their toys and you will allow them stay out & play another hour. Then you will have council tell you how difficult this decision is. IMHO - Public safety should trump granting extra hours to a bar that has generously donated to our council members election campaigns. Of course the CRA in unanimously showed it's support. Lynn Pippinger, owner of The Dixie Roadhouse, sat with them on the CRA Board. She is a personal friend of theirs. The Dixie Roadhouse has had more altercations/issues that require police presence, than any of the other bars. With all the construction going on in the CRA, what SAFETY FIRST?

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reyemm

Mar-15-18 8:27 PM

This Ordinance should require REGISTERED and APPROVED BARS to PAY FOR ADDITIONAL SECURITY COSTS. This should be at NO COST TO CITY TAXPAYERS.

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