To the editor:
I stopped by KC's Riverstop the other day to hook up with some friends and returned home to find The Breeze in my driveway. After reading through it, I noticed the question of the day, one that pertained to the place I had just left. I wondered if any of the people who were asked about putting KC's "up for bid," had actually been there or understood what was at stake for the long-time owners, customers and the Cape.
My understanding is there was an option to extend the owner's contract for another three years, but the City Council voted (5-3) against it. The council favors charting unknown waters using a bidding process to find a new owner, and while that might garner additional rent in the short term, the council is gambling on a new owner succeeding for the long term.
Unlike other parts of the country, there is a seasonality involved with running an establishment like KC'sand because of its location, also a dependency on weather conditions. Knowledge and experience played hand-in-hand in managing a successful business like this and as far as I can tell the owners have both. More importantly, they make visitors (domestic and international) and residents (part and full-time) feel at home. KC's is truly the "Cheers" of the Cape.
While city-owned/operated facilities like the Yacht Club and Sun Splash operate in the red (Sun Splash has purportedly lost $500K annually), KC's Riverstop has, for 20 years under its current owners, provided the city with a positive and consistent revenue stream. Rather than fixing "what's wrong" with the owned/operated albatrosses that inflate residents' property taxes, the council is nickel-n-diming a much-valued Cape Coral icon into extinction, potentially sending several people to the unemployment office.
For those who think all change is for the better, stop down and experience KC's as it is today. Some things should just never change.