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Sam’s Club, food vendors on council slate

By Staff | Oct 17, 2013

After having a week off for Columbus Day, the Cape Coral city council will have much to discuss at its regular meeting Monday at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Although the anticipated evaluation of City Manager John Szerlag could receive the most heat, there are other measures the city will have to weigh in on, from the appointment of members to various boards to the approval of contracts for the upcoming road paving projects.

But two others that will be considered will be the quasi-judicial hearing for an ordinance to approve the planned development project for a Sam’s Club at Pine Island Road and Hancock Bridge Parkway.

The ordinance will require the rezoning of a portion of the property from Village to Corridor. There will also be a special exception for self-service fuel pumps and subdivision of the project parcel for future tenants to come in.

The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval the ordinance at its Oct. 2 meeting, and has gotten rave reviews from Councilmember Kevin McGrail, in whose district the superstore will be built.

Councilmember John Carioscia said he’s willing to follow the recommendation of P&Z.

“I think it’s going to work. Bring it on,” Carioscia said.

Carioscia is sponsoring an ordinance for discussion that would establish regulations for mobile food vendors and food stands that will provide protections for the public health, safety, and welfare, as well as protect the brick and mortar restaurants against whom they are competing against for customers.

“We’re going to try to bring professionalism to it, we’re going to make sure they’re insured and that sanitation guidelines are followed and certification is properly displayed,” Carioscia said. “We also don’t want these mobile restaurants competing with established places outside their front door.”

Carioscia said there would be a radius of 500 feet in which a mobile food service facility could not be near a brick and mortar shop, as well as limit the number of permits to be handed out, which is 15, or one for every 10,000 population, with a maximum of two per person.

The council will also hear for the first time an ordinance that would establish the High Intensity Commercial-Industrial zoning district.

There will also be an administrative ordinance that would authorize paying a traffic engineer in the public works department up to the maximum salary, including moving expenses.

Also, there will be discussion on The Golf Course property, which was pushed back from two weeks ago due to the length of the bond validation hearing, and on a proposed lease agreement between the city and the South Florida Canoe Kayak Club.

The city also will interview and appoint three members, Duane Clayton Adams, Gary Celestino and Joseph Cobb, to the Civilians Police Review Board.

It will also consider five members to the South Cape Community Redevelopment Advisory Board, of which there are seven candidates.