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Cape Council to discuss D&D boat ramp, parcels

By Staff | Apr 19, 2018

The Cape Coral City Council will spend Monday’s workshop discussing the land parcels the city bought six years ago and what to do with them.

On the agenda is a discussion on alternative uses for the property known as D&D Boat Ramp, a 5.3-acre parcel of land along Pine Island Road, which was part of the city’s purchase of 491 parcels during the real estate bust.

Currently, the city has a 10-year lease with D&D Bait and Tackle for the property, which occupies two parcels and includes the building, fenced boat storage yard, five finger piers with 10 boat slips, single-lane boat ramp, and a boarding pier.

The city is considering making improvements to these existing boat ramps and shoreline and requested a feasibility report to address concerns regarding navigation safety and potential environmental and community impacts.

The report concluded that as the ramp is consistent with the city’s Parks Master Plan and, because no vessels accidents near the site were recorded, improvements would not impact the environment nor the area neighborhoods.

The city has received $289,797 in grant money to help fund the project.

However, there is a group of people opposed to what the city wants to do, insisting the city move the ramps from the north side of the property to the east because they maintain the current is adverse to boating.

Councilmember John Carioscia said he will listen to staff recommendations before making an informed decision on what to do.

“Steve Pohlman (former parks and rec director) wanted to put in a restaurant, a bait shop and make it look really pretty. The Army Corps of Engineers aren’t giving out many more ramps because of the environmental impacts,” Carioscia said. “This property comes with the ramps, so we don’t have to worry about that.”

The city owns quite a bit more land than that site – 1,548 strapped parcels to be exact.

Of those, 488 are required for current or future use, 686 are deemed to have development potential (with 507 located in Festival and Lake Meade parks) and 374 could be sold as surplus.

City Council will sit down Monday to discuss those properties, which council tasked staff to categorize by what the city will need, might need or not need.

According to the staff summary, in the past, the city’s surplus property was sold by listing the parcels on the Multiple Listing Service. The Code of Ordinances requires the property be listed for sale for a period of not less than 30 days.

Staff recommends listing any future city surplus properties on the MLS to obtain maximum exposure and the highest price for each property.

All of the selected parcels need confirmation that there are no restrictions for disposing of the parcel; appraisals need to be obtained on the selected parcels; the parcels need to be declared surplus via the ordinance process; and marketing the parcels for sale, which can be sold at public auction or sealed bid by the MLS.

“We want to get some of that property that we don’t need back on the rolls to collect taxes. That’s where I’m coming from with this,” Carioscia said.

Cape Coral City Council meets in the Council Chambers at City Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m.