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Capeopoly to center on water

By Staff | Sep 17, 2009

The fifth Capeopoly event, hosted by the Council for Progress, will address the theme of water Oct. 1.
The event will be held at First Baptist Church, located at 4117 Coronado Parkway. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will start at 6 p.m., running until 8 p.m.
The event is open to the public and will cost $10 for Council for Progress members and $20 for non-members. Non-members may purchase a membership at the door or in advance.
Hors d’oeuvres, pastries and beverages will be provided.
BJM Consulting Vice President Heather Mazurkiewicz said the main concern for Capeopoly this year is to spread information and educate the public about water.
The board of directors for the Council for Progress indicated that it is more important to get information out to residents, instead of turning it into a fund-raiser for the Council for Progress.
“The overall concept of Capeopoly is falling back on the original backdrop of the Cape with water as the backdrop of the city,” Joe Mazurkiewicz, president of BJM Consulting, said. “Water is truly the crown jewel of Cape Coral.”
The event will help in redirecting developments in the area of water, he said. Water-related businesses, people who need water in the manufacturing process or folks who are interested in waterfront access to their business will gain knowledge at this year’s event.
Heather Mazurkiewicz said Capeopoly began five years ago to highlight non-residential projects going on in the Cape.
“The committee thought it may be a good idea to try to help the city by coming up with new marketing, by highlighting all the amenities that go along with water, from parks to the environment,” she said.
The speakers for the event include internationally recognized hydrologist and geologist Tom Missimer, Parks and Recreation Director Steve Pohlman, Lee County Sports Authority Executive Director Jeff Mielke, Economic Development Specialist Audie Lewis, Robert Goodman and representatives from the National Swim Association, among others.
Missimer will discuss the environmental aspect of water in the Cape. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Franklin and Marshall College, a master’s degree in geology from Florida State University and a doctorate in psychology in marine geology and geophysics from University of Miami.
He currently lives in Southwest Florida and has practiced as a hydrogeologist for the past 30 years.
Heather Mazurkiewicz said Missimer completed a text book with an entire chapter devoted to the city of Cape Coral.
Pohlman will talk about the entertainment aspect of water in the city. She said he will “highlight all the parks on the water, with such amenities like Sun Splash.” His presentation will touch on quality of life.
Mielke will discuss the economic impact of water facilities, with his focus on a business analysis of how water will affect the city of Cape Coral.
Goodman, who is one of the developers working on a proposed ice rink and hotel for the city, will explain the project in more detail for those who attend.
Heather Mazurkiewicz said Goodman, Mielke and representatives from the National Swim Association will all discuss how water will affect the economy.
After the presentations, a question-and-answer opportunity will be held for the speakers.
For more information, contact Heather Mazurkiewicz at 541-8619.