|Published:||Apr 06, 2010 10:36 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 06, 2010 10:36 AM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The Cape Coral city council is talking about making changes to some of the most-complained about code enforcement rules.
"This is a city, this isn't a gated community," said Dan Sheppard, who says code enforcement rules won't let him park his marked landscaping truck at his own home.
"We're a city that doesn't have any industry, so these people need to use these use these vehicles to live. And if they don't want these people to live here, they're going to have more people leaving Cape Coral," Sheppard said.
The codes also regulate boats, trash cans, and empty lots. The city council wanted to take another look at those rules, to see if they all still apply in the city's current state.
"The big picture is these things do affect quality of life, they do affect crime rates, they are the health, safety and welfare of the community. It's what the community wants itself to look like," said Frank Cassidy, head of the city's code enforcement division.
No official changes were made Monday night, which is just fine with code supporters, who say the city's beauty and property values depend on the codes.
"You can park your truck whatever you want, as long as it doesn't have advertisement. All I'm asking," said Roger Kurgan of Cape Coral.
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