LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- ONLY ON WINK. Owners of a popular restaurant say they desperately need to expand their business. To do so, the owners of Miceli's are offering more than a million dollars to Cape Coral.
They want to purchase land that sits next to them to ease up on congestion, and they're willing to spend $1.5 million do to so.
"We're up to 52 employees on the books," explained Vincenzo Miceli.
An increase in customers at Miceli's means shrinking space in the parking lot. "Parking has become our number one issue. Daily," said Miceli.
The family fears the congestion is putting the breaks on their business. In the parking lot, when every space is full, people end up parking on the side of the road. Vincenzo Miceli says the family has a solution in the form of this contract, shown only to WINK News.
They want to buy 6 parcels of land next door. "We're offering $1.5 million," he said. The property is owned by the city of Cape Coral. It's not in city boundaries, but it's part of almost 500 parcels of land the city purchased in a 13 million dollar deal last year.
Since then, the city hasn't sold any of those parcels. But the Miceli family says their offer would be a win-win for both parties. "We're going to obviously have to pay tax on the property as soon as we purchase it as soon as we get the contract approved."
"I think it helps the city to help with the shortfall in other areas. I think it's a good opportunity," said Miceli's customer Brian Woods.
"It works for everybody in the community,"said customer Jeanne Sweeney.
The family also says their $1.5 million offer would replenish some funds the city used to buy those parcels in the first place. They also hope to expand in the future.
They'll be presenting their contract before city council Monday night.