Catch the Vision: Cape’s future is bright
The eighth annual Catch The Vision packed the house at Cape Christian Tuesday night with more than 500 attendees coming out to get educated on new developments coming to Cape Coral in 2019.
“I think it’s important for people to know what’s coming, so they’re aware of the opportunities – the jobs. And a lot of residents come back from the north, and this is their welcome back. They get filled in on what’s been happening while they’ve been gone all year,” said Realtor Gloria Tate, who puts on the event each November with Linda Biondi. Both women are with Raso Realty.
Dozens of vendors lined the halls of Cape Christian to pass out goodies, trinkets and information about their business to attendees before the presentation began.
Mayor Joe Coviello, in a Saturday Night Live style, introduced the “Weekend Update” crew of Joe Mazurkiewicz and Billy Johnson Jr. who would take everyone through the future developments happening in the city over the next calendar year.
The pair kept the audience is stitches all night, as they would cut to “live shots” of representatives of each project, with their timing on the pre-recorded messages often being comically off.
So, what are some of the new facilities and entertainment coming to the city?
* The Waters of Cape Coral-Chiquita Boulevard
103 units, 72 assisted living apartments
Memory care rooms
* Keystone Place-Four Mile Cove
Independent living, assisted living and memory care.
Fitness center, pool, dining and bistros, game room.
Will provide 80 new jobs
* Hampton Mariner
* Coral Ridge Event Center-Coral Ridge Funeral Home
Venue to accommodate various events such as memorial services, special event celebrations, showers, weddings, and more.
8,500 square feet
Vibrant, tropical tones
“A whole new meaning of ’til death do us part,” Mazurkiewicz deadpanned.
* Conference Center at The Westin-Marina Village
Has been open for a year
$3 mil in revenue in first year
12,500 square feet
Six distinctive space choices
* Cape Coral Animal Shelter-325 2nd Avenue S.W.
No kill shelter
4.6 acre site
Low cost medical clinic
Low coast spay and neuter
Cape Coral Technical College vet-tech program involved
* Lucky’s Market and other shops
National organic grocery store
* A-1 Shelters Self Storage-Chiquita Blvd
Brand new gate system
Varying door sizes
* BackYard Beer Garden- Cape Coral Parkway
Northern elegance meets southern hospitality
Craft cocktails and beer
Alcohol infused fruit
* 30-unit condo project- Coronado Parkway
Each unit comes with slip access
Easy access to Bimini Basin
* WooBamboo! – Del Prado Boulevard
Eco-friendly oral hygiene
Natural floss and mouthwash
Ships to 30 countries
* Myriad Motor Coach Home – Durden Parkway and Burnt Store Road
90 acres of property overlooking Tranquility Lake
West-Indies style coach villas
Luxury motor coach facility
* Marriot Hotel-Pondella and Del Prado
* Bimini Basin
Retail, businesses, boardwalk, entertainment center
* Seven Islands -Old Burnt Store Road
Various types of amenities
City Manager John Szerlag was broadcast to the audience from “a remote location” and provided some great details on the growth of Cape Coral over the years.
He noted that the Cape is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, was named one of the 25 best places people are moving to, was named one of the best cities to retire and was named one of the 10 cities millennials can’t wait to move to.
He also stated that the unemployment rate in the city is at 2.9 percent, an all time low.
“I think we’re in the right place at the right time, with lots of development, lots of smart growth,” said Coviello.
The mayor touted the passing of the Parks Bond, UEP project and other developments in the city, such as public safety growth.
His vision for the future of Cape Coral include affordable living, growth and continuing to make Cape Coral a destination for old and young alike.
“My vision is for smart, steady growth,” Coviello said. “To make sure that we keep our city affordable from the standpoint of taxes and home buying. We’re looking at some complexes that will provide more affordable living in our city.”
Tate is passionate about Cape Coral, as her family was one of those to “pioneer” the city.
She believes the Cape will continue to develop and flourish in the coming years.
“Same reason it’s always been. It’s safe, it’s beautiful, it’s family friendly, it offers a great quiet lifestyle-if you want night life we have it-if you don’t, it’s very neighborhood friendly,” she said when asked what makes Cape Coral a destination city.
The night wrapped up with the announcement of a New Year’s Eve celebration at what will be the then-completed 47th Terrace Streetscape project, complete with ball-drop.
Tate’s closing remarks: “Cape Coral’s future is so bright, you’re going to need shades.”
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