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UEP does need to go forward

August 23, 2013

To the editor: I am a supporter of the UEP going forward here in Cape Coral....

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Aug-25-13 9:59 PM

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Aug-25-13 9:58 PM

Grumpy you agree that there are things that have not come to fruition? You bet your beepy like some many other things that have cost us in this city. CRA has been there for years, years and more years. Except for some half thought out landscaping and some pavers it cost us in extra taxes tens of millions of dollars. Now part of the redevelopment project has to REDONE as so many in Cape Coral. Why because of poor planning. The city takes over CRA when what it took years ago was to rid itself of a director who was an industrial supply supervisor who never delivered. Look at the guys website he is still propt up by the same individuals who PROPT him up when they were in positions as city leaders! No place to cut? That man should have been cut and replaced when his attempt to revitilize the city in the good times never materialized. Running a separate business since 1984, never questioned by the city on possible conflict of interest. City customers on his list of customers!

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Aug-25-13 12:58 PM

lightswitch: Has the VA Clinic money kicked in yet? That statement gives the impression that the VA is supposed to provide money to the Cape for being able to build and open a much needed clinic. I do agree that all of the external things have not come to fruition. Don't blame the VA for that. They did their part to provide better services for the Veterans. Their mission is not to bring in any other related businesses.

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Aug-24-13 8:27 PM

I do not believe that for a second. The proximity to 75 is no excuss and the state backs that up.

Any new route South of Tuckers Grad to 41, to Del Prado Extension will be the same as Tuckers Grade to 41 to Del Prado extenstion. The road is 65 mph with only 2 short lights and a change in speed to 55 mph at Trail Dairy Rd. When the Del Prado Extension meets 41 and hooks up to I75 that area will fill in with business and slow the access down with more lights than Pine Island Rd to I 75. Access to mid Cape 884 Colonial to I 75. Access to South Cape Daniels to Cypress Lake to McGregor to Cape Coral Park Way. The biggest thing is their has to be something in Cape Coral to deliver to besides Minor Businesses. Ask Publix or Walmart how difficult it is to get here. It is not and nothing will change for them. Besides the state is telling you 10 more years or more. Eight years ago that council spent $20 mil on land and gave up 20 yrs of gas tax to build the Del Prado Ext.. Dist 6 roa

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Aug-24-13 8:05 PM

Grumpy I am talking about all the new business that would be coming in to the city around the VA Clinic. All the extra beds in the hotels, meals in restaurants, etc. Do you see any building permits for those new businesses? Are you hearing about a situation where this off season is any different than off seasons before this project ( V A Clinic) was completed? In fact I still hear Vets talking about having to travel to St. Petersburg for many services.

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Aug-24-13 3:59 PM

Most of the commercial and industrial areas do have water mains. Not sure if it's the same with sewer.

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Aug-24-13 7:28 AM

Kinda funny reading comments from a bunch of non-business people about how businesses run and what they want.

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Aug-24-13 6:55 AM

You are correct Sharon. The city will always have hurdles to overcome with our lack of proximity to I75 but the crux of the main utility lines in the ground is a plus for commercial development.

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Aug-23-13 8:32 PM

Switchie will say anything. Guess he can find the flower Leetzie wanted to save at the Academic Village. That land is still there. VA Clinic doing more than well, as predicted andSwitchie and crew had nothing to do with it.

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Aug-23-13 8:11 PM

lightswitch: What VA money are you asking about? The VA is a government entity, and thus pays nothing other than what they paid for the land and the construction costs for the new clinic.

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Aug-23-13 7:03 PM

What the*****does residential water & sewer service have to do with business? All of the current commercial & industrial areas have city water & sewer! No comrades, we lack new business & industry because we’re at the end (or thereabouts) of a peninsula and our city gov’t. puts the “shake down” on all who apply. No more low taxes, cheap land, or cheap labor.

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Aug-23-13 4:47 PM

Someone asked the entire council is anyone is on the take. The answer that came down was NO.

But in studying other Utility Projects some have even jailed politicians over this issue. Major Lending institutions like J P Morgan went to court and paid $700 million in fines in what they called "Pay to play". Sending checks to friends of the politicians who passed the money along.

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Aug-23-13 4:41 PM

The biggest question is there are other platted communities that do not seem to have the burgeoning staff, expenses and TAXES as Cape Coral, Fl.

There has to be a reason and most of us know why it is like this.

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Aug-23-13 4:39 PM

A major secondary learning institution is right behind the major corporation coming in to Cape Coral.

Might as well keep 74 acres off the tax rolls with the other land this city has taken off the tax rolls.

Baseball stadium was a no because it was seasonal but if the city was never in the game they get no chance at bat.

Has the VA Clinic money kicked in yet?

Academic Village might make a good marina there is a puddle of water on that land!

Hold on to the $13.1 million of land and keep that off the tax rolls too!

You never can have too much unproductive land owned by a city!

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Aug-23-13 3:45 PM


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Aug-23-13 9:28 AM

1sandy: She makes it sound as if we have the infrastructure all over the city. If these are big corporations, where would they build in 6&7 where the UEP is scheduled to go for now? The north Cape isn't even being looked at for now as far as I know. Even if the north Cape is being looked at, it will be many years from now and from what I heard out of the mouths of Council, it will be water only at first. Then a few years after that it will be sewer.

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Aug-23-13 8:02 AM

grumpy19: Is English your second lanquage? The writer states that she has already had dialogue with the businesses. As long as Sullivan & Leetz and their ilk are kept off the Council, the UEP will proceed until finished. Vote Sullivan & Leetz OUT!

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Aug-23-13 7:48 AM

You seem to be jumping the gun on business coming here because we now have the infrastructure. Until all of the Cape has water and sewer, it can't really be considered having the infrastructure.

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