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City decision on valet parking at the Yacht Club beach a poor one

May 29, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Valet parking in a public parking lot that is a park?

How does this happen? People are going to the beach and not a restaurant.

Valet parking is just wrong in a public park with fishing pier, beach, Yacht Club, pavilion, public swimming pool, boat ramps, tennis courts, senior center and our Sunset Celebration.

If everyone shows up for these events at once you will have chaos with 50 prime parking spots blocked off near the Boathouse! Residents would then be forced to pay the Valet Service $3 on weekdays and $5 on weekends to park their car!

I asked Councilman Leon who authorized this, as the entire area is a public park? I additionally asked him where does a private entity get off charging for parking to benefit their business in a publicly owned park involving more than 50 prime parking spaces? I further asked who gets the money from the valet parking?

Councilman Leon stated that this was a staff decision! Did the mayor and council approve this with their vote?

If indeed this was a staff decision, did they put the valet parking out to bid? I was under the clear impression that it is the mayor and council that sets policy for the city. Have the mayor and council abdicated this responsibility to the staff?

I was down at the Yacht Club the other day at approximately 5 p.m. and those 50 special parking spots were empty with a bunch of red cones blocking you from entering! The spots available for residents to park for free were all full!

This is an outrage! Why wasn't the Boathouse told to shuttle the cars for the Boathouse to the lot owned by the city on Coronado?

The Sunset Celebration at the Yacht Club Wednesday night should be quite an exercise in futility for Cape Coral residents with this parking mess! It even looks like a number of handicap parking spaces were eliminated from that area!

Contact the mayor and council by email at or call the Council at 574-0401 or the Mayor at 574-0436 and let them know very clearly how you feel about this parking issue at the Yacht Club.

Lynn Rosko

Cape Coral



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