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Boat canopies, bar hours on Council agenda

By Staff | Mar 27, 2015

Cape Coral City Council will hold final public hearings on four ordinances and one resolution at Monday’s regular meeting in Council Chambers.

Two of the ordinances can be considered controversial regarding bar hours being extended to 4 a.m. on weekends in South Cape, and eliminating marine improvement provisions for deviations for a second boat canopy for single-family residences.

Council also has scheduled a special workshop session next Wednesday to continue discussing adjustments to pay ranges for regular full-time non-bargaining employees and a pay increase of 5 percent. A second workshop topic is a presentation on implementing the city’s streetlight program in 2015. City leaders provided $100,000 in this year’s operating budget for installing lights at school bus stops, major intersections and major road segments.

Discussions on the bar hours extension had been placed on last week’s agenda, but after a brief discussion was continued to Monday’s meeting for more discussion and a council vote. The ordinance sets forth a number of security and surveillance measures that bars would have to follow if they intend to apply for a permit to stay open until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights instead of closing at 2 a.m.

Along with public input, final revised presentations by the Cape Coral Police Department and city staff will be heard before council votes on the matter.

The marine improvement ordinance revision removes the opportunity for property owners to erect a second canopy. The ordinance is expected to reduce the number of deviation requests that have been on the increase in recent years. Council directed staff last fall to review the city’s boat canopy history and provide options.

After the review, council chose the option to prohibit future requests for second boat canopies.