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Street name change proposed

By Staff | Nov 2, 2017

A former Cape Coral mayor and some of the city’s founders want to do something special for the man known as “Mr. Cape Coral.” So, they are asking the city council to name a street after him.

During Monday’s Cape Coral City Council meeting, the elected board is expected to discuss and potentially vote on an ordinance that would change the name of El Dorado Boulevard in the north Cape to Paul Sanborn Boulevard after the community pioneer who passed away in July at the age of 93.

Former Cape Coral mayor Eric Feichthaler sent an e-mail to City Council shortly after Sanborn died, suggesting they change the name.

Feichthaler said the reason was two-fold. He wants to honor a man who did so much for the city, as well as eliminate the confusion of having three streets named El Dorado – Boulevard and Parkways E. and Parkway W., split into two sections by a canal.

“It needs to be changed to avoid confusion, especially in an area that’s 10 percent developed. This is the time to make a change,” Feichthaler said. “Paul is the one person who deserves the credit for how the city has progressed and everyone respected and adored him.”

The ordinance would change the name of a portion of El Dorado Boulevard, from Jacaranda Parkway to the north to Ceitus Parkway to the south, to Paul Sanborn Boulevard.

Sanborn came to Cape Coral in 1962 as an employee of Gulf American Land Corp. and helped mold the city into what it is today.

Sanborn was instrumental in the founding of numerous Cap “firsts,” including Cape Coral Hospital and Cape Coral High School. He served as the city historian, as president of the Cape Coral Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce, and was twice named the city’s Citizen of the Year. He even brought the NCAA golf championships to the city in 1972.

For all he had done for his community, Sanborn had a park named after him on Southeast 3rd Street in 2008, when Feichthaler was mayor.

City spokesperson Connie Barron said staff was tasked with finding a road which they could name after Sanborn, and El Dorado Boulevard was chosen.

The city has notified property owners of the address changes that would be needed if the ordinance passes. Those changes would be similar to those needed if one were to move, officials said.

Regarding the need to update addresses, Feichthaler said people do it all the time.

“It’s not expensive, it’s minor and the mail will continue to be sent to their old addresses for up to a year. It’s an inconvenience to the people who live there, but the inconvenience of thousands of people in the future they will be tankful we don’t have three El Dorado boulevards in the future,” he said.

If property owners have input, it may be made at Monday’s 4:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall.

“During the intro, there is no public input. The public hearing is Monday, which is when citizens can come in and provide feedback to the city council,” Barron said. “That’s why we sent them a notice. We wouldn’t send it to them to tell them we were thinking about it, but when council is ready to make a decision on it.”

City Councilmember Rick Williams, in whose district the name change is proposed, said he has mixed feelings.

He wants to honor a man who had done so much for the city and agrees by changing the name of the road, it would eliminate the confusion of that road with El Dorado Parkway, which is in the south Cape.

Williams also understands the impact the change will have on residents who live there and will take that into consideration as well.

“I’m all for it. Paul was an icon and we have two El Dorados in the city and it’s confusing,” Williams said. “It boils down to how people who live in the north feel. They will feel the impact. So, I don’t know where I am. I’ve had calls from people who are against it.”