To the editor:
After attending the Civic Association forum last night at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, I came away extremely interested in AJ Boyd, candidate for Mayor.
He was the only candidate who gave a specific, positive idea for the question he had to answer after pulling it out of a hat which was protocol for the night. All other candidates gave the usual general answers that we always hear.
It was only AJ Boyd who gave a specific idea to being able to work with both the private and public sector together all while diverting some "street traffic" to "water traffic" (after all, this is a 400-mile canal community.)
When asked what he would do to assist in helping the parking problem for the Yacht Club area, AJ Boyd excitedly responded with an idea he had that was part of his Economic Development Platform already. He would be willing to work with the new owners of (old) KC's Riverstop to possibly construct a second story glassed in restaurant/ club/ banquet hall for rentals but at the same time leaving the first floor for live entertainment, easy foods, cocktails, and all in a casual boaters atmosphere. In return for the new owners' investment, he would then, in turn, ask council to utilize the gas dock and seawall that currently limits boats to a parallel form of docking, wasting a lot of prime docking space along the 600-foot seawall. AJ Boyd also would suggest putting in "finger floats" to run perpendicular to the 600-foot seawall and only taking up the width of the boat beams which in turn would allow 3-4 times as many boaters to come to the area and spend money. Also, there is plenty of room to do this because that canal is also a 200-foot canal.
That, to me, was a GREAT idea and the answer to his question by expanding the parking by diverting to water and showing real economic development and "Out of the box thinking."
This is why I want AJ Boyd as our next Mayor.