CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Some people are voicing concerns over a lack of parking at a new Cape Coral "destination" that hasn't even opened yet!
Construction is underway on The Boathouse, a restaurant that took the place of the old KC's Riverstop. But some beach-goers at the Cape Coral Yacht Club are afraid there won't be enough parking, and say space is already tight when the weather's nice.
The owners of Ford's Garage, who are leasing the space from the city to build The Boathouse, are working with the city to find a solution.
Keith Lewis is excited for The Boathouse to open, but questions a lack of parking. "When this place opens up? Parking will be the major problem. A major problem," Lewis said. "People search around for parking spaces. It's what I call the 3 second rule. When someone pulls out? Someone pulls in within 3 seconds. And if you don't? Someone else will."
Zak Kearns, who's leasing this space from the city, says he's working with city leaders to put the breaks on the parking problems.
"They have events over at the Yacht Club obviously, and we anticipate being busy," Kearns said.
One plan is to provide valet parking, and use golf carts to shuttle people back and forth.
"We've looking into doing some valet parking on the Saturdays and Sundays. We just have to find the amount of allotted spaces that the city can give up, and allow us to use for those days, in a partnership with them," he explained.
The Boathouse already provides fuel for boats, and once complete, will provide food, drinks and entertainment. Boats will be able to line up along a dock to participate, as well.
WINK News learned the Seminole Indians built the tiki, and are coming back to build a few more.
"They're not going to put this kind of money in it without figuring it (the parking situation) out," said Lewis.
The Boathouse is expected to open mid-April. It will provide 75 new jobs.