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Let voters decide fate of the old golf course property

January 12, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Its time to review what the city plans to do with the gulf course. The city has two options - buy or develop.

Option 1

It's interesting to think the city is considering a purchase of this property at a sales price of $12 million, with a 10-year bank loan supported with General Fund revenues. If this were approved, the city would lose the tax revenue being collected, plus have the burden of upkeep and maintenance, all on the backs of the taxpayer.

Option 2

Developing. When D R Horton came to town and offered to build high-end homes in a gated community with large areas of green space, ponds and beautiful landscaping, we had a small group of residents that border the property, most not the original owners, and the group Save Our Recreation come forward in protest but not willing to sit down with the developer to discuss the project. The Save Our Recreation group even had a petition being signed by tourists and non residents of Cape Coral.

We missed a golden opportunity by letting D R Horton slip through. This is a company that has proven itself in Cape Coral with the gated development of Sunset Pointe and through a proven track record, not some small developer coming in on the verge of bankruptcy.

During the last discussion and vote, Councilwoman from District 3 Marilyn Stout stated she represents all the residents of Cape Coral, not only the small percentage that signed the petition with some non residents.

If there is a choice to be made let the residents vote and make that choice.

James Michalski

Cape Coral



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