|Published:||Jun 16, 2010 4:37 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 16, 2010 1:39 AM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The Bamboo Club in Cape Coral was often the scene of shootings and crime before it was forced to close in 2007. Now, relatives to the previous owner have taken over and are making massive changes to reopen the club.
"Guns, knives, shootings and drugs. People running on the street and police every night," Shelly Cranford recalls of the Bamboo Club.
She and other business owners on SE 47th Terrace in Cape Coral say crime was the norm when the club was operating two years ago.
However, the new owners are about to invest thousands so this won't happen again.
"It's not a guarantee, but what it is you put a quarter million dollars into a building and you develop a motif that is going to attract a specific client," spokesperson for the owners, Joe Mazurkiewicz says.
Some of the changes include lighting up dark areas, adding more security and cameras, putting up protective fences, getting rid of plants where someone could hide and not using the rooftop.
Dan Creighton with the CRA says the city should not stand in the way of people wanting to bring business and money to Cape Coral.
Creighton approved the club gong forward to the nest step, and believes those who didn't may be holding onto the past.
"I don't just think it's going to keep out the rif-raf, I think it's going to keep it a safer environment for all patrons," Creighton explains of the renovations.
The planning and zoning committee will hear the case July 7th and decide what their recommendation will be to city council on the club opening.
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