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Light agenda awaits Cape Coral council post primary

By Staff | Sep 12, 2013

There will be five consent items and three introductions of ordinances for what promises to be a short night for the Cape Coral City Council on Monday, barring the unexpected.

Much of the subject matter will be familiar.

One ordinance will provide the standards of all city signs put up by private companies, from size and construction to maintenance. The idea is to bring regulations to the standards of the times and to ensure they promote the safety and well-being of the citizens and not its content or point of view, according to Councilmember Rana Erbrick.

“The sign ordinance is a total rewrite of the old ordinance. We’re trying to clean things up and look tidier and limit some signage on window fronts,” Erbrick said. “Part of it is for safety. You don’t want to walk into a bad situation.”

Erbrick said there may be some protests from local businesses.

The final public hearing on the measure is set for Sept. 30.

A second ordinance authorizes the city to enter into a lease agreement with Ford’s Boathouse for the lease of property at the Yacht Club for the operation of a restaurant, marine fuel sales, and bait shop.

Council voted unanimously on Aug. 26 to approve the terms of the lease for Ford’s Boathouse, which would allow it to move into the home of the former K-C’s River Stop at the Yacht Club.

The terms, described by the city’s Financial Director Victoria Bateman, will be a five-year lease with three five-year options. Rent will be $3,500 per month, with the city getting a small percentage of Ford’s profits.

A public hearing is set for Sept. 23.

The third ordinance clarifies the language providing for a health insurance subsidy to be paid to retired employees who were hired after Oct. 1, 2003, which the city and the applicable bargaining units clarified in the recently ratified bargaining contracts.

A final public hearing is set for Sept. 30.