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Matlacha group disappointed at city’s lack of response to invitation to meet

By Staff | May 25, 2018

Matlacha Civic Association officials are disappointed that an overture extended to the city of Cape Coral over its plans to possibly develop the D&D boat ramp property has yet to be acknowledged

Four weeks after MCA president Karl Deigert sent a letter to the Cape Coral mayor and City Council suggesting that civic “supports the option to build a new boat ramp with a restaurant and other amenities and that the Board would like to meet with the Council to discuss how the (annexation) lawsuit can be resolved to expedite permitting and construction of the boat ramp,” no response has been received.

“As a professional courtesy we would hope that the City attorney would respond,” said MCA member and Washington D.C. attorney Michael Hannon. “The letter also asked for a broader relationship to address some of the issues common to both Cape Coral and Matlacha.”

Several Matlacha Civic Association board members attended the Cape Coral City Council meeting of April 23. At that meeting, City Manager John Szerlag addressed several options for the city-owned property in Matlacha annexed by the city of Cape Coral.

One option included replacing the old boat ramp with a new boat ramp plus a 3,000-square-foot restaurant.

But discussion with the Matlacha group would likely not resolve issues on the table between the city and islanders.

The Greater Pine Island Civic Association board opposes the Cape’s proposed additional boat ramp or ramps and restaurant.

That organization has issued a resolution:

“The GPICA strongly opposes the planned construction of any additional boat ramps and any buildings on the five (5) acres that Cape Coral recently annexed from Matlacha. This opposition is based on a strong concern for public safety and environmental integrity.”

Of those members present, 27 approved of the resolution with 10 members opposed.

“The Greater Pine Island board opposes anything that will increase traffic in that area,” Board member Shari Perkins said. “A 3,000-square-foot restaurant will impact both car and boat traffic.”

That is one issue the MCA believes could be resolved.

“It is our understanding that Cape Coral is going to do a traffic study,” Hannon said. “That should do a lot to alleviate concerns about increased traffic.”