To the editor:
How many of the citizens complaining about parking actually have been to the new Boathouse at the Yacht Club? No matter what new development happens in Cape Coral people complain.
Many are the same "know-it-all citizens" that find fault with all new things in the Cape.
Now it is the Boathouse and the so-called parking problem. Is it a problem or the issue of parking?
Was there always a parking issue? I believe there always has been, and will continue to be. Popular places to go always have some parking problems. Where in the area can you go to the beach and not have a parking problem? How about Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel, Naples or Fort Myers, (oh I forgot they have no beach) but all these beach areas have a parking problem and you have to pay to park.
Personally I have been to the Boathouse five times in the first 14 days of its opening. I found no parking problem. The first time I paid for valet parking and was overwhelmed with the beauty and first-class venue that will soon be the jewel of the city. Pick up a guest at the airport, take them first to the Boathouse; tell me where else? The other four times, each at different times including the busy weekend, I bypassed the valet and had no problem at all finding a place to park right around the corner at the back area of the swimming pool, and noticed as well more parking spaces.
Let's get real folks, tell me where in the city do we have parking meters? Perhaps we are spoiled and now we are getting public places where they may be crowds of people wanting to come to Cape Coral and spend money. Are there people living in the little city across the river that never have been to the Cape? Now we are getting restaurants and other attractions that will bring them across the bridge and, at the same time, we may keep our citizens here all spending money. Let's gather and build a brand in the Cape that captures the imagination of people to visit our city and stop complaining and at the same time if there is a problem, address it in a positive manner.
Let's start being proud of our city and keep the money in the Cape. Visit the Boathouse and enjoy the experience -and stop complaining.