CAPE CORAL, Fla. - For the second time, a controversial high rise project is rejected in Cape Coral.
The city council voted down the Sans Souci Bay development Monday night by a six-to-two vote. It would have brought 14 story condos to the Northwest Cape off Burnt Store Road.
The developer said the project wouldn't have cost the city anything, and would have created jobs.
But opponents in the neighborhood called it urban sprawl that would be damaging to the environment.
"Again the leaders of the city of Cape Coral said, 'don't bring economic development here, don't bring real estate here, don't bring any kind of future here. They've spoken loud and clear," said developer spokesman Christopher Spiro.
"We are truly for reasonable and responsible development and sometimes the notion is when you work against something, that it gives the wrong impression," said Stella Peters of the Northwest Neighborhood Association, which opposed the project.
A larger version of Sans Souci Bay failed when it was originally proposed in 2007.