Cape Coral to decide on Christmas lights package

Christmas is right around the corner and while many get cheer out of decor and lights, holiday displays could come at a cost to taxpayers in Cape Coral.

Businesses say the trade off means more visitors. The holidays bring a lot of people to the area, and if it’s decked out in lights, business owners say people will want to stay.

Theresa Knazek owns the Perk and Brew coffee shop in the center of the entertainment district on Cape Coral Parkway.

“A lot of us are from the north so when we want to celebrate Christmas, it takes a little bit of extra effort I think because we don’t have the snow and the chilly weather,” she said.

The Community Redevelopment Agency of Cape Coral is set to vote on three different budget options for Christmas lights ranging up to $100,000.

The first option would have most trees lit up to 10 feet for about $39,000. The second option would have all trees lit up to 15 feet for about $63,000 and the third option would feature all trees with a crown on top for $100,000.

“Well I know it’s something that’s probably difficult for people to grasp spending the money for, but at the same time as bringing business in to Cape Coral,” said Dana Esposito with the Flip Flops Consignment shop.

Businesses along the parkway say the money will work itself out if the City of Cape Coral attracts more tourists and hopes the CRA votes for the package that embodies the most Christmas spirit.

“Anything to help boost our spirits in the holiday season the better,” Knazdek said.

Reporter:Morgan Rynor
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