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Council expected to discuss proposed ‘Oasis Sports Park’ Tuesday

By Staff | May 18, 2018

Update: Cape Coral City Council’s upcoming meeting schedule has been modified.

– The Cape Coral City Council Special Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 22, at 4 p.m. has been canceled.

– The Cape Coral City Council Regular Meeting scheduled for Monday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. has been canceled.

– The Cape Coral City Council Committee of the Whole Meeting (workshop) scheduled for Monday, June 18, at 4:30 p.m. has been changed to a “Special Meeting,” which will allow Council to address regular agenda items and conduct voting.

Please note the following changes: Since Tuesday’s special meeting at 4 p.m. has been canceled, the mooring field ordinance will not be introduced Tuesday. It will be introduced on June 4. Since the Monday, June 11, regular meeting has been canceled, the mooring field ordinance public hearing will be conducted June 18.

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The Cape Coral City Council, in an unusual Tuesday meeting, is expected to get two pieces of business accomplished in a special meeting to take place before its regular workshop.

The special 4 p.m. meeting is for the first reading of an ordinance for the Bimini Basin mooring field, for which there will be two public hearings, on June 4 and 11.

For much of the spring, residents have provided their input on what they would like to see in a mooring field, with Mayor Joe Coviello and Councilmember John Gunter among those attending.

At the workshop meeting, the most pressing issue will be the municipal charter schools as the city is looking for ways to make its system sustainable moving forward.

During its budget workshop on May 8, the Charter School Authority voted to use reserve funds to meet a $500,000 hole in its budget as well as to seek help from the city council to find ways to increase revenues in the face of limited funding options.

Charter School Superintendent Jacquelin Collins said the city’s four-school system cannot afford additional cuts as that would have a negative effect on students.

The goal is for the council to draft a resolution to make the schools more competitively sustainable.

Over the next six months, the city will track all personnel and operating costs; develop the costs of the development of shared athletic fields and facilities, track their costs for how they operate and compare them to the private sector; address capital to be more competitive with other schools, and determine appropriate fund balances, among other things.

Projections models have the system continuing at large deficits for the foreseeable future, mostly due to capital improvement needs.

One of the ways the charter schools could raise some money is with the proposed Oasis Sports Park, which also will be on the agenda.

No public football field, baseball field, or tennis facility has been built in a decade, in part due to the recession, while the population has increased significantly, according to supporting documents.

By constructing a sports park behind Oasis schools, the city “will meet a common residential request and also support the Cape Coral Charter School Authority’s Mission,” the executive summary states.

The park would have a football/soccer field, with track, bleachers and lights, either grass or artificial turf; a concession stand, baseball and softball field, eight tennis courts and parking for 200 vehicles.

“By supporting this proposal, the Mayor and Council will demonstrate a commitment to the growing population, particularly the tens of thousands of students that call Cape Coral home,” the executive summary states.

The city council will also discuss once again the future of the D&D boat ramp, a discussion that got bogged down last month when council sought additional information.