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Editorial | Stay tuned

By Staff | Jan 19, 2024

Cape residents got an update on the city’s plans for the Cape Coral Yacht Club this week.

The “final” site plan for the historic complex held little surprise as Council had already tweaked previous plans and given staff ample direction for what will be a wholly new complex.

What’s coming?

A lot.

• A new two-story centerpiece to replace the Ballroom built by the city’s developers and opened to the public in June of 1962.

The new 37,000-square-foot Yacht Club Community Center will feature a large open-to-the-second-story multi-purpose room on the first floor which also will include six meeting rooms for groups both small and large as well as room for a retail shop. The second floor will offer two more meeting rooms but its focal point will be a large venue hall, dubbed the Ballroom, with balconies wrapped around three sides to offer views of the river. An abutting kitchen will allow the Ballroom to accommodate the needs of most events, from fundraisers to weddings.

• A landscaped “resort-style pool” with a separate children’s pool on the riverfront side of the Community Center.

• Two piers, one closer to the entrance of the complex on Driftwood Parkway, the other near the existing Boathouse restaurant.

• An expanded sandy beach along the riverfront.

• A parking garage of at least three stories with four stories the current consensus, expanding the amount of vehicular parking to more than 750 spaces, including surface spots.

• Space for a second restaurant.

• Amenities for boaters: Day docks offering 27 slips, an expanded yacht basin with 121 slips, five boat staging slips and a 46-spot lot for boat trailer parking.

• Boardwalk along the marina front.

There is more, but those are the highlights for what supporters say will be a destination draw for not only residents looking for a little access to the city’s scarce public riverfront, but for those looking for a spot to enjoy a daycation or stage a family milestone celebration.

There was little presented on the financial side for the project the cost of which has been estimated previously at $100 million-plus. Funding is to come — possibly — from revenue bonds to be paid back by charging for parking and other user fees, public-private partnerships, or some combination of the two.

We invite you to stay tuned.

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