CAPE CORAL, Fla.- There are new developments in the fight between a church and its neighbors. Cape Christian Fellowship, off Chiquita Boulevard, wants permission to build an outdoor sound stage for concerts. Those who oppose it won a small victory Wednesday, but their battle isn't over yet.
Cape Christian Fellowship has been planning a community park and sound stage out here for months.
After heated testimony Wednesday: "None of the people in a one mile radius of this church moved here or would of have build here to to live next to this 32 foot tall monstrosity," said resident Suzette Tirelli.
The city's planning and zoning committee decided to support a park, but not a sound stage.
People like Bill and Suzette Tirelli feel this is a small victory. The couple worries concerts here will ruin their peace and quiet and their property values. "A concert has like 120 decibels, that's like a jet engine, we' re going to hear this for 4 hours until 10pm every night," said Bill Tirelli.
Neighbors are also concerned about traffic, and congestion.
But the church says this park and sound stage would be a gift to the area. It wants permission to build the sound stage, park, play area and food service area outside, in hopes of creating a community place of enjoyment. "This is a project the city doesn't have to pay for," said Executive Pastor Brett Furlong.
He says the new additions would add to the quality of life and bring a unique environment to the city. "We've been working on this for about 8 months now and so it's a process. We don't want to build anything thats a deterrent from the community," said Furlong.
He says the church would comply with the noise ordinance, and would limit the amount of concerts.
Cape Coral's city council has the final stay in the future of the park and stage at the end of April.