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City drops economic development ball

May 9, 2013

To the editor: The city of Cape Coral has once again dropped the ball....

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JustanotherBill

May-10-13 7:35 AM

This is the only place I have ever lived where the local government is such a train wreck!

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1sandy

May-10-13 10:16 AM

Mr. Shannon, you have again provided another example of the old saying, "that it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."

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lightswitch

May-10-13 10:40 AM

Sanibel Island pays a toll of $6 basically to keep the RiffRaff off the island. Boca Grand I beleive is still $10 to do the same. However you are correct Cape Coral charges $2 to "KEEEP IT IN THE CAPE"!

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lightswitch

May-10-13 10:58 AM

As far as Hertz attracted to Cape Coral while the toll issue may be something. I think there are more factors than that.

First look at the history of the directors who have been the city front line Economic Development staff.

The city has a designated land mass of 74 acres or more earmarked as a future site for secondary education. It has not been able to acquire interest of a typing school let alone a university!

For decades you saw no national restaurants lining up to develop a locations here. Why you might ask. Because the city was afraid it would hinder the infringe on the ones that were here and individually owned. (There are many good ones here.). What was taken out of the equation is it would have made the area a bigger job and would have made the local good ones even better and the mediocre be better as well. So while our council meetings take up annexing land for 2 boat ramps other communities clamor over Fortune 500 or greater organizations!

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lightswitch

May-10-13 11:01 AM

Hey look at the bright side of this with almost 30% of the county's population. We helped bring Hertz to south Ft. Myers. Oh I mean the future city of Estero!

You can't fly with the eagles when you roost with the pigeons. It is not all about extra TAX it is about how you conduct your BUSINESS!

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bobbie

May-10-13 12:36 PM

With all your negativity about the Cape, you sure are doing your part to entice business here. This is sarcasm in case you don't recognize it!

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lightswitch

May-10-13 12:59 PM

What is the matter Bobbie the TRUTH beginning to hurt. Wait till those electric bills stat coming in in Oct., Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. Mar. those will be the easy months. This webpage is going to LIGHT UP with business owners and home owners in April, MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, & Oct! By then even McGrail will be home enjoying the repreive on his water/sewer assessment and his newly received UTILITY TAX on his newly discovered electric bill.

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lightswitch

May-10-13 1:10 PM

Bobbie I recognize it fully. My agenda is for the city to fail, the state bring in a receiver and Lee County to provide the services. Just because someone gets up at a council meeting and tells me his father and like minded people couldn't make the county work for them does not convince me a river is the reason. It tells me those people were not forceful enough in quality or numbers. An area of 160,000 plus people should be able to get the attention of the county. Just because an area is the biggest in land mass does not show me anything more than it is the biggest in land mass. I have been hearing growing pains since 1982. The population is here the 80,000 plus homes are here. Too long a wait to still see the business plan is wrong. The SLICK SIX is wrong!

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linda53

May-10-13 3:30 PM

why would any big corp.want to move where they dont even have the water and sewer infrastructure in place? If they cant Flush then move somewhere they can. And they did. Estero won out over our wonderful city.why? because of the POLITICS. We need to continue with those people that want to make our city a Destination for evryone to enjoy and not become the City Of Yesterday!

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netransplant

May-10-13 4:09 PM

Maybe we could install 10septic tanks and dig 5 wells to support the Hertz HQ? Without utilities we won't ever attract anything in their neighborhood.

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johngalt

May-10-13 7:37 PM

If our one half billion dollar RO plant, the “Academic village”, the “Festival Park”, “Sun Splash”, the $13 million land grab, and gold plated police & fire departments won’t attract big business maybe they view us as broke! (or thereabouts) As I recall, private business endeavors to “make” money. You can‘t drop the ball if you never held it!

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lightswitch

May-10-13 8:48 PM

Very well stated johngalt!

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lightswitch

May-10-13 8:57 PM

netransplant do not fret Hertz was not even an option. Our Econmic Development Dept. never knew they were on the radar.

Governor Scott knew and he probably was instrumental in making them that benefactor in Lee County. I was a bit surprised it did not go to Collier County. However the 700 employees will be building, buying, renting in South Lee, Bonita Springs, Collier County and Naples. Anyone want to take a look at that when they get settled? Wait till the book comes out ESCAPE THE CAPE...IF YOU CAN!

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KirstenThompson

May-11-13 8:31 AM

Is it possible that Hertz simply wasn't interested in Cape Coral? A)We don't have the infrastructure to support them. B)It makes sense that their headquarters be based near the airport and centrally to tourism? C)The CEO owns a home in Naples. D)Negotiations were going on with the state for almost a year before Lee County even knew. At that point, the location was a done deal; there was nothing Cape Coral could have done to lure them here. Sure,it would have been nice to have them here but Cape Coral will still benefit from them being in Lee County.

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JustanotherBill

May-11-13 9:19 AM

Linda53, what are you talking about. Do you actually live here or are you just some internet idiot that comments about things you know nothing about to get a reaction? Any place a large business would want to settle in has access to water and sewer. Cape Coral Parkway, Del Prado, Veterans, and most of Pine Island Rd already have that and have businesses in place. Moron!

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Lolita

May-11-13 11:52 AM

Come on. We just got another Dollar Store in the North. Doesn't that count??? How many does that make now?? We are on a roll, down the hill methinks.

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KirstenThompson

May-11-13 2:54 PM

JustAnotherBill, where on Cape Coral Parkway, Del Prado, Veterans, etc. is there a piece of land large enough to accommodate a 300,000 sf building with parking for over 700 employees?

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bobbie

May-11-13 5:17 PM

Dimbulb, no matter where you respond, or to what, your negativity is HUGGGEEE The book you mention Escape the Cape If You Can... Please do, I'll show you the way out. All the Democrats will thank me and almost all of the Republicans will too. And the Republicans who will be left will cannibalize each other. PLEASE LEAVE!

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JustanotherBill

May-11-13 7:48 PM

Kristen apparently you have never driven down Pine Island Rd. Do that some time and your question will be answered.

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lightswitch

May-11-13 9:04 PM

Is a finders fee available if the business that wants to relocate is in our area?

Someone from the News-Press called and is looking for a finders fee. Oh but it is for PALL AREOSPACE seems they are leaving for Dunedin, FL.

I guess the Cape Coral Economic Development Dept. didn't have a pulse on this one either.

Well there goes -271 jobs from the 700 new ones that were not coming to Cape Coral.

But I bet of the 271 there were some homes emptying out in the Cape.

Why there are 100 realtor cards on the desk in their administration office. Hopefully those houses sell before October 1st when the 7% Utility Tax and the new Fire Assessment TAX make their debut! Yep, just sit back watch and wait.

Cape Coral has out done itself.

Oh and I know exactly what I am doing!

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lightswitch

May-11-13 9:05 PM

Is a finders fee available if the business that wants to relocate is in our area?

Someone from the News-Press called and is looking for a finders fee. Oh but it is for PALL AREOSPACE seems they are leaving for Dunedin, FL.

I guess the Cape Coral Economic Development Dept. didn't have a pulse on this one either.

Well there goes -271 jobs from the 700 new ones that were not coming to Cape Coral.

But I bet of the 271 there were some homes emptying out in the Cape.

Why there are 100 realtor cards on the desk in their administration office. Hopefully those houses sell before October 1st when the 7% Utility Tax and the new Fire Assessment TAX make their debut! Yep, just sit back watch and wait.

Cape Coral has out done itself.

Oh and I know exactly what I am doing!

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lightswitch

May-11-13 9:06 PM

I am sorry I meant to tell Bobbie the last post was for her.

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CapeCoralCuestions

May-12-13 10:15 AM

Litewipe: You have claimed malfeasance and corruption and illegal going on. Now you are surprised that a fortune 500 company didn’t come here? Why would they? You and you RAG pals have made the Cape look like a psychotic schizophrenic town where there is too much political and social uproar to be appropriate for a large company to deal with. The RAGs wanted to ruin this city so as to keep their personal taxes low. They have done a great job. Now they complain that a large company won’t come here. What the HE!!

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johngalt

May-12-13 11:33 AM

For all the pro-city trolls, private sector growth has happened in Kape Koral in spite of city govm’t. Not because of it. Imagine how our little town appears from the viewpoint of a firm considering relocation. It is a huge sprawl of single family homes, several corridors of commercial retail shops, and two small industrial areas. Why bother? The city govm’t. gives plenty of lip service to attracting business (advertising too) but just show up at city hall and try to rent a building or a unit for your business. Misinformation and pocket picking abound! You need a zoning inspection, electrical inspection, fire inspection, change of occupancy (most of the time), get a copy of the building plans to verify parking. And don’t even mention a remodel… Perhaps it is time we make renters of residential properties jump thru the same hoops as business we would then see the true level of growth the city can trickle down on us.

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lightswitch

May-12-13 2:01 PM

Lolita shame on you you told us how many of those stores were hare in the Cape at the council meeting.

You said nine and I agree with your take on that one!

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