From residents and business owners, to Realtors and building industry
professionals, everyone will find something to talk about Tuesday.
From 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the first-ever Catch the Vision will be held at
Cape Coral First Baptist Church. Hosted by Raso Realty and others, the event
will take a look at the city's future through a list of presenters and
Catch The Vision vendors
* ABC Pest Control
* Allstate Insurance
* Arthur Printing
* Brian Harmon Images
* Cape Coral Flora Design
* Cape Coral Insurance Group
* City of Cape Coral
* DIY Yogurt
* Family Hardware
* FOS Furniture
* Gulf Coast Village
* Hampton Inn
* Heart and Soul Massage Therapy and Day Spa
* Java D'Oro Coffee Roasters
* John Michaels Jewelers
* Liberty Tax Service
* Maria's Pasticceria
* Neilson Law
* On Track Doors Inc.
* Opti Express
* Razzle Dazzle Boutique
* Red Salon and Spa
* Red Star Tech Support
* Siesta Pebble Interiors
* South Florida Canoe and Kayak Club
* Spiro and Associates
* Star Technology
* The Pool Doctor
* Tony's Lawn and Landscaping
* Tuffy Auto Service Center
Catch The Vision presenters
* City of Cape Coral
* Cape Spirits
* Bobby Mahan: Residential real estate market
* Michael Schneider-Christians: Foreign market
* Rob Fowler Jr.: Commercial real estate market
* Henry Albrecht: Residential development
* Melinda Mack, of South Florida Canoe Kayak
* Anthony Greco and Michelle Schafer: New construction
"It's important for the residents of the city of Cape Coral to understand
what's next, where Cape Coral's going in 2013," Gloria Tate, one organizer
of the event, said. "What's going to happen specifically in their
"It's important for them to know what's happening in their city," she said.
The night will open with an iMovie about "Cape Coral's Future Is So Bright
You'll Need Shades." Tate explained that there is a choreographed number,
and everyone in the film dons a pair of sunglasses as part of the theme.
The first 500 attendees will get free sunglasses from Opti Express.
From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a trade show will take place that features about
30 local businesses. The owners will be present to meet and talk to people.
"The vendors are all local business owners that will have free coupons or
discounts," she said, adding that there will also be goodie bags on hand.
People can register for door prizes to be awarded at the night's end.
The presentations begin at 6:30 p.m. and go beyond simple PowerPoints.
"We sent a plane up to do aerial photos of how much new single-family
construction is going on in the city, so it will be a mini iMovie," Tate
Speakers will touch on topics including the residential and commercial real
estate markets, foreign investments, residential development and more.
"All presenters will be around afterward for questions," she said.
The city of Cape Coral is one of the presenters. Staff will have display
boards and handouts on hand. One topic will be the utilities project.
"The presentations are short to keep everyone's attention," Tate said.
"We'll focus on where we've been, but we'll focus on where we're going," she
added. "Just a very informative meeting about what's really happening."
Similar events were held annually in the Cape prior to the downturn.
"We did this up until the recession because we didn't have anything to say,"
Tate said. "Right now, we're on the cusp of many new projects."
Plans are in the works to host Catch the Vision next year.
"We'll be doing it again because our future is only going to get brighter,"
Tickets cost $5 per person, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the
Cape Coral Caring Center. According to Tate, at least half of the ticket
price will go toward the center, and whatever is leftover after expenses
Attendees are also asked to bring a canned food item for the center.
As of Friday, more than 200 tickets had been sold.
Organizers expect to sell at least 500. The church can hold 3,000.
Tickets will be available at the door, but advance purchase is preferred.
Cape Coral First Baptist Church is at 4117 Coronado Parkway.
For additional information on tickets or vendor space, call Tate or Linda
Biondi at 542-2254. People can also contact Tate at 851-6324 or