To the editor:
Cape Coral Parkway from the Cape Coral Bridge to Del Prado Boulevard is a county road.
At the Council meeting where discussion of the billboards took place, one of the sites discussed was on Cape Coral Parkway at or near the Chamber building (right near the bridge entrance and exit). Absolutely no mention was made that Cape Coral Parkway at this juncture is, in fact, a county road or the restrictions and encumbrances that would entail! There were no questions whatsoever from the Mayor or the Council of staff if in fact Cape Coral Parkway at that junction was a city road! Staff never even addressed the issue of it being a county road on their own, to add clarity to the discussion in their presentation to Council.
How does the city put out a "request for proposals" for billboards on property that it has absolutely no jurisdiction over? That is what the staff is working on right now, putting out an RFP for billboards, under direction from the Mayor and Council!
The discussion of Cape Coral Parkway being a county road was discovered by me many years ago and I shared this information with the city with Lee County maps to prove my point. Where will they allow these billboards, back in the bushes to ensure that they are on city-owned property?
The following is a direct quote from Lee County DOT dated May 13, 2014.
"The right-of-way width for Cape Coral Parkway between the Caloosahatchee River and Del Prado Boulevard varies. From the river to Waikiki Avenue, the right-of-way for Cape Coral Parkway is 100 feet. From Waikiki Avenue to Del Prado Boulevard, the right-of-way for Cape Coral Parkway measures 150 feet. Lee County has jurisdiction of this right-of-way. Any work done within this right-of-way must be approved by Lee County".
My question is does the right hand know what the left hand is doing up there on the dais?
This billboard discussion needs to be put to bed as not being in the best interest of the city! If you agree email the Mayor and Council at Council@capecoral.net or call them at 574-0401.