|Published:||Nov 17, 2010 12:24 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 16, 2010 9:26 PM EST|
Cape Coral leaders are getting a glimpse of the future.
On Tuesday night, the Community Redevelopment Agency unveiled it's vision of the city for the next twenty years.
It focuses on how to make Cape Coral into a more viable entertainment district.
So far the response to this plan is positive.
The idea is to take downtown Cape Coral and turn into an entertainment destination and waterfront wonderland.
"Lots of land in this area downtown, that we can use as building blocks," said John Jacobsen, Executive Director of the Community Redevelopment Agency.
The plan is ambitious.
"This can be transformed into a pavilion or a restaurant. You need to design an urban environment that people will want to come to," Jacobsen said.
It's all outlined in a 60 page report.
It explains the city's strategy for the next two decades.
The firm behind the proposal helped design Lincoln Road and make South Beach what it is today.
Cape Coral could soon follow that lead.
"This is about establishing character for us," Jacobsen said.
Some of the ideas include redesign landscaping plant more trees, make more bike routes and create more waterfront dining.
Another idea is to expand Four Freedoms Park and make it a beach.
"People like to gather. You need to create public places and where people want to be," Jacobsen said.
The plan will take up to twenty years to complete.
Jacobsen says construction and redeveloping the vision depends on the economy.
But when it's all said and done, Jacobsen's convinced Cape Coral will be the destination in Southwest Florida.
"This will be the place for entertainment," he said.
To see the plan for yourself, visit www.southcape.net
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