Residents petition against construction of parking garage at Cape Coral Yacht Club

Residents petition against construction of parking garage at Cape Coral Yacht Club

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Visitors of the Cape Coral Yacht Club don’t want its parking layout to change.

On Tuesday, more than 200 people signed a petition against a new three-story parking garage that is expected to hold up to 300 vehicles.

The city has committed 10.9 million dollars of its 60 million dollar Go-Bond Project for updates to the Yacht Club including new bathrooms, boat slips, and the parking garage.

City Manager, Rob Hernandez, said the time for upgrades is now.

“When that property was initially developed back in 1958 that park was designed to be a community park. A park for all of Cape Coral not just for residents in the vicinity of the property,” said Hernandez.

The city plans to charge two dollars per hour to park in the garage, as well as charging all boaters who dock on upgraded slips.

“With that increased population growth that we have here in Cape Coral, there’s a need for more parking. Whether it’s evident today or not we know that 5, 10, 15 years down the line there will be a need for more parking,” said Hernandez.

Hernandez said Cape Coral visitors will help pay the city’s debt for the project in these fees – balancing the bill taxpayers have fronted.

“All of the money that is generated on that property goes into a special fund and will continue to go into that special fund and will be used to pay down the majority of the debt that is issued beyond the 10.9 million dollars,” said Hernandez.

Construction on the Yacht Club was scheduled for this spring, but permits from state and federal officials have not been approved yet.

Hernandez said this is because governments are experiencing the same staffing shortages many are facing across the country.

Count on NBC-2 for updates on the project as we learn them.

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