To the editor:
Here is a copy of a letter I sent to Cape Coral City Councilman Kevin McGrail on May 20:
Dear Mr. McGrail,
Thank you for having the proposed RV resort presentation at your town hall meeting yesterday (May 19). My wife and I attended, and we were very impressed with the project. We have lived in the northwest Cape for ten years, and our house is a couple of miles from the site. We ask you and the rest of the City Council to support this project for the following reasons:
1. It will bring new jobs to our city, both during construction and afterwards. These jobs will be funded by a private enterprise, not by taxpayers.
2. It will make Cape Coral a travel destination for upscale visitors, which will provide a significant amount of new revenue to our local economy and create local business opportunities on an ongoing basis.
3. The scope and scale of the project make sense for its location. It's not a "rape and pillage" project that would overtax local infrastructure, with high-rise buildings that stick out like sore thumbs. Instead, it will be an attractive setting that is harmonious with the surrounding area.
4. Utility services will come from Charlotte County initially, so the expense of utility expansion to accommodate the site will not be borne by Cape Coral taxpayers and homeowners.
5. The project will not bring an unmanageable snarl of traffic to Burnt Store Road prior to the road's expansion.
6. People who have not yet visited our area will come to the RV resort. Many will surely like what they see and experience, and will tell their friends to come and check it out. Some may decide to live in Cape Coral permanently. That would enhance the desirability of our city, and result in increased property values for area homes, especially those near the site. (Given the collapse of the housing market, that would be a great and sorely-needed benefit.)