CAPE CORAL, Fla.- There's a hold-up in installing new traffic signals at a busy intersection in Cape Coral. A property owner wants $100,000 to compensate for potential loss of business during the installation.
The intersection is Del Prado and NE 3rd Terrace. That's where Ryan Santos was killed in 2010, trying to cross 6 lanes of Del Prado on his bike. His mother and others began a campaign to get traffic lights at the intersection. Lee commissioners, Cape city council members and the Race Trac Corporation, which has a service station on the SW corner of the intersection, all support the lights.
But Dr. Albert Evans, owner of One Price Optical on the NE corner of the crossing, is worried and has not signed an easement to allow the traffic support poles on the edge of his property.
"I have five employees with 16 dependents, and those workers are scared to death that they will be let go. I worry about the traffic problems and possible cut off of electricity during the installation. My customers may try to call and perhaps the phone lines are down. They don't like that. I worry about a devastating impact on my business," Dr. Evans tells WINK News.
City council member Kevin McGrail says he is imploring Dr. Evans to sign the easement documents by 5:00 p.m. this Friday. McGrail says the money for the lights has been spent and some of the equipment arrives next Tuesday, June 18. McGrail says the lights are needed to protect children, crossing the roadway to and from Burton Park.
"We need the signals for the kids' safety. That's the issue and I really hope Dr. Evans will sign the paperwork and let us proceed," says McGrail.