To the editor:
We have a typical street here in southwest Cape Coral - 22 lots, 11 homes, four unoccupied since I've been here in 2008. Of the seven remaining occupied homes, three are owner occupied and four are renting. The renters' owners don't appear they can afford the UEP, and I know the remaining homeowners have no means to pay, either.
To me, the City Council's decision to restart the UEP in sections 6&7 is not conducive to economic development; small businesses will suffer; restaurants, clothing shops, auto shops, hardware shops will suffer due to the loss of expendable income. Furthermore, I believe some homeowners will abandon the properties further burdening the tax base.
The new Council's decision to just affect 6&7 was a clever move, figuring 6,600 homes put up a lot less fuss than 22,000.
I hope this UEP decision stops until the economy and home prices improve; it will hinder growth, not help it.