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Council discusses city code ‘improvements’

By Staff | Apr 5, 2010

Cape Coral might consider weekly or monthly permits that allow people to park RVs, boats and work trucks on their property.
City Council addressed the possibility while discussing the codes that prohibit such activity at its workshop Monday, but little was reached in the way of a general consensus on how to deal with the sometimes controversial rules.
District 6 Councilmember Kevin McGrail said people need to respect the codes, but feels there’s room for improvement, especially in individual circumstances.
Council recently voted to allow one couple, Richard and Laurene Tullo, to park their RV on an vacant lot next to their home while they remediate it of Chinese drywall.
“We don’t want to open Pandora’s box but we have to look at some of these individual instances,” McGrail said.
City code compliance manager Frank Cassidy said recently that in the last six months there have been 560 commercial vehicle complaints, and 561 complaints had to do with illegal parking on vacant lots.
He also said his department does its best to keep from issuing violations, instead trying to educate the public.
District 1 Councilmember Marty McClain said he feels the codes were put in place for a reason and don’t need to be changed.
“I think we wasted a tremendous amount of time … we have a lot of other issues to deal with,” McClain said.