Cape Coral considers association’s proposal to beautify city with murals

Cape Coral city leaders are considering a proposal that would transform walls of businesses into works of art.

Some hope colorful murals would bring more people to the city and boost the economy.

That might be the case with this new plan.

The below is a rendering of a sample mural proposed by the South Cape Hospitality & Entertainment Assoc. We took this picture around downtown Cape Coral to ask what they thought.

Rendering of proposed murals by the South Cape Hospitality & Entertainment Assoc.

Joe: “Dixie Roadhouse on the side… to put that, I think it’d look good.”

Ruth: “Tone it down a bit just tone it down a bit.”

Varying reactions to the association’s plan to bring more art to the area.

Ivy: “If that’s what they’re trying to attract as far as a younger crowd, I’m not sure if the people that are seasoned and established here would recommend it.”

But, Linda Biondi with the Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency says, so far, feedback she’s herd has been positive.

The murals would come from local artists.

The first phase would be focused on painting utility boxes followed by murals on the side of buildings.

They also plan to work with local agencies to add sculptures along bus routes and promote public transportation.

According to the Lee County Arts and Economic Prosperity Report – a bigger art presence brought more jobs and revenue to cities like Fort Myers and Miami.

Ivy speculated on the target audience, “It just depends on who they’re truly trying to attract down here.”

Tuesday’s meeting covers details like the type of artists and costs.

The association says they’d be helping fund all of this but it’s just too early to know how much.

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