|Published:||Aug 20, 2012 5:21 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 20, 2012 6:20 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A push to create a fresh start in the south Cape. The city council is set to hear plans that would streamline the process of creating new businesses in an already popular area of the city.
Tonight in city hall is the first public hearing on this matter. Right now, the south Cape, is divided into three districts, but these plans, would combine those three into one.
Jim Mears has helped transform this old office building, into a new business: Crazy Lure bait and tackle.
"Opened it up and made it a vast area for our customers," said Mears.
The part-owner says its been a challenge but he's proud of what he and his partners have accomplished.
"Anytime you want to change whats been done in the past, I think is good. I think change is good," he said.
New regulations by the Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency would make it easier for others to build from scratch.
CRA Executive Director John Jacobsen says the plan is to combine three Cape districts into a single one called the South Cape Downtown District.
"The whole idea behind these codes is you can come, follow these codes and build without the need for a PDP, planned development process which takes about a year for the permitting cycle," said Jacobsen.
It also makes it easier to build in smaller lots. "They should not negatively impact anyone," said Jacobsen.
It also make a hierarchy of streets, with Cape Coral Parkway, ranking the most important, and loosens up on parking regulations.
Those at Crazy Lure say they believe this new plan would benefit the city as well as their own business.
"Any new business that brings people to Cape Coral is going to help every business owner here," said Mears.
Another public hearing on these new regulations will take place on September 10th.
A few other big topics are being discussed.
The Cape Coral Fire Department is asking the city's support in applying for a grant that would allow them to turn the lights from red to green to get to an emergency.
Tonight, now, we're seeing a bit more collaboration as city council will consider a resolution that would encourage Lee County's commissioners to work with the city over the Ceitus boat lift and barrier in the North Spreader Canal.
Talks also continue about bringing an RV resort to the north Cape off Burnt Store Road.