CAPE CORAL, Fla - Cape residents are going global.
They are trying to make Cape Coral a better place to live and work and they want your help.
A group of residents started the website www.citizens for a better cape coral.com
It's purpose: to develop ideas to help stimulate the city's economy.
The residents who created this website are non-partisan, everyday people.
They hope by taking to the internet; their message will spread quicker and bring businesses, jobs, and money to the Cape.
"The biggest problem this country has is people don't get involved," said Francisco Brea, founder of the website.
Brea and some friends created the website, which just launched.
The goal is for anyone to share ideas about potential projects, give input and promote what the city has to offer.
In Francisco's case, he sees opportunities in unused land.
"We need a river walk," he said.
He believes this would attract entrepreneurs.
"First class restaurants. First class businesses," he added.
The ideas are mapped out on the website.
He suggests applying for Federal or State grant money for road widening projects.
"If we don't move construction then the economy is not going to move. The only thing that will move the economy is construction," he said.
Francisco sent a packet about the website and his ideas to Governor Charlie Crist, U.S. and State Senators, Lee County Commissioners and Cape Coral Mayor John Sullivan.
"These folks are a breath of fresh air. These people are trying to do something that is very constructive and I have to take my hat off to them," Mayor Sullivan said.
Though he's doubtful about Washington forking over cash, Sullivan supports the citizens efforts to get involved and help revitalize the Cape.
"These people are trying to do something good. Trying to do something to benefit the community," he said.
To visit the website, look under the "Hotlinks" section and click on the link.