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Neighborhood association to expand its boundaries

By Staff | Feb 1, 2018

The largest neighborhood association in Cape Coral is hoping to become bigger.

The Northwest Cape Coral Neighborhood Association, with a membership of more than 1,100, has expanded its boundaries slightly eastward to encompass all areas west of Chiquita Boulevard.

The new boundaries, which were established at the NWNA’s Jan. 18 meeting, will expand to cover Pine Island Road north to the city limits and west to Chiquita Blvd. The expansion includes Units 50, 51, 52, 53 and 80 in the Northwest Cape.

“We have a lot of people coming to us from Santa Barbara west, wanting to join the organization because people aren’t happy with the decisions the local government is making,” said John Jacobs, president of the NWNA.

John Karcher, vice president of the NWNA, said the group strives to make sure things are done right for their neighborhoods.

“We’ve had the same borders for 15 years. We have new leadership, new people, and the area is being built out,” Karcher said. “We’ve been asked for years to move to the east, so we moved to both side of Chiquita.”

The expansion will give the NWNA 900 more residents and about 2,000 more lots, Karcher said, which give the group an opportunity to expand further and bring in more people who, hopefully, will become involved.

“We hope to gain some active members to help us. We have a few members doing the heavy lifting. It’s wonderful to have great members, but we need people who are involved, to show up at meetings, take a committee, talk to the city about the UEP,” Karcher said. “We have 11 committees and we need people to engage in the neighborhoods and help us with situations as they arise.”

Karcher said there is already a person in the Chiquita area willing to take over some committees.

Eventually, the NWNA wants to expand to Santa Barbara, which is the virtual center of the city, so it can mirror District 6. Karcher said he wants to take baby steps for now and not overwhelm members with other problems.

“We decided to do one step at a time. We’ll see how we’re able to handle the increased work on Chiquita. If all goes well, we’ll take another step forward,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs said with the Utility Expansion Project coming north, there are a lot of people unhappy with how local government is handling the financial aspects that impact property owners. The group has decided to take on a more aggressive advocacy.

“We were a more polite organization before. Now, we’re shifting to seek opinions from our members and going to the decision makers on the city,” Jacobs said.

For more information, call John Karche, 630-215-4016 or John Jacobs, 586-823-4600.