Published: Aug 21, 2013 10:15 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 22, 2013 12:02 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, FL-The decision is final and the Cape's utility expansion project will move forward.

Property owners in the southwest 6 and 7 sections of Cape Coral will now have to pay thousands to hook up to city water and sewer.

Wednesday night, the council voted to move forward with the UEP project.

It will hookup nearly 6,000 properties in the southwest 6 and 7 areas of Cape Coral to city water, sewer and irrigation.

Depending on the payment option, it will cost residents between 15 and 24 thousand dollars.

"This has been one of the best vetted projects the city has ever seen," said councilman Marty Mcclain

Resident Edward Prince says this particular area of the city can't grow without it.

"No major commercial entity is going to come in to an area where there are not utilities," said Prince.

Many fought hard against the plan, saying  it will devastate many people  in the southwest 6 & 7 regions.

"I will have to go to my parents again to pay for the expansion because there is no savings left," said one resident.

"This is for the larger picture of the city and we need this for the city to grow," said council member Rayna Erbrick.

People can start making payments on the UEP project on Thursday and construction is expected to start in September.