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New redevelopment area among council discussion items

By Staff | Dec 4, 2014

City Council is hosting two public meetings next week. The regular council meeting is Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. A Committee of the Whole meeting has been set for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Conference Room A200 at the Nicholas Annex building.

Two ordinances and two resolutions are on the agenda for final public hearings and a vote.

One ordinance would amend the city’s Comprehensive Plan infrastructure element to update projects and to adopt an updated Water Supply Facilities Work Plan associated with the utilities expansion project.

The second ordinance would amend the code involving administration of pensions, police pension and optional forms of benefits providing for the option of a partial lump sum distribution in exchange for reduced continuing lifetime monthly benefits for members of the municipal police retirement plan.

One resolution expected to draw the most discussion is the study completed by Real Estate Research Consultants for establishing the Mid Cape Community Redevelopment Area. If adopted by the city would move forward with a CRA Plan for the residential and industrial area of the Mid Cape zone.

A second resolution is aimed at adopting updated Financial Management Policies relating to the city’s operating budget, debt management, accounts, financial planning and economic resources management.

Ford’s Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill at the Cape Coral Yacht Club has approached the city to extend its hours of operation after reaching its six months of operation anniversary, according to the terms in its original agreement with the city.

The hours of operation were negotiated for 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week based on council’s concerns over potential sound complaints from the surrounding community. After six months, there have been no sound complaints filed, due to extra precautions taken by the restaurant to muffle or redirect the sound of its live entertainment.

Ford’s is requesting extending its operation to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until midnight Friday through Sunday. Live entertainment at the establishment will continue to end at 9 p.m.

The Council of the Whole meeting will be discussing three specific issues soon to be addressed by the regular council.

Discussions will center around the 2015 budget impact due to the Supreme Court Fire Service Assessment bond validation case decision.

Council also will discuss the boat canopy regulations and extended bar hours for the South Cape CRA?district.

Twenty minutes has been alloted for citizens input time.