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Council approves Kismet/ Littleton  road plan

March 6, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Cape Coral City Council on Monday approved the less costly, less disruptive plan to connect Littleton Road and Kismet Parkway.

The so-called "Modified Southern Alternative" was deemed the way to go following a public workshop in North Fort Myers on Jan. 9, as it will not require the purchase of additional land and destruction of homes as the Northern Alternative proposed to do. It also will be more than $3 million cheaper.

The total construction cost is expected to be about $8.5 million, with the city bearing between $3.5 million and $4 million.

The Southern Alternative will cut through a portion of LCEC property, which will connect the two streets as opposed to the quick turns you have to make currently.

A roundabout would also be added at Corbett Road, which will take a piece of property from the proposed Kismet Industrial Park, owned by Randy Krise.

The topic was brought up in public comment, with one person praising the plan, calling it a "poor man's beltway."

Other business

* City Council came to an agreement regarding a proposed animal shelter in Cape Coral. The property, at 325 S.W. 2nd Ave., is near Sun Splash Family Waterpark and is not to have any residential impact.

The property was rezoned from Single-Family Residential to Institutional, while granting a special exception for an Animal Shelter use in the Institutional zone and deviations from the Land Use and Development Regulations.

* An ordinance to bring back the extended bar hours was introduced. It will be discussed and voted upon during the March 19 meeting.

That didn't stop residents and city council members from voicing a little early their opinions on the measure that has come before the elected board multiple times. One resident compared the situation "like a child asking dad for something, not getting it, then asking mom."

An employee at Dixie Roadhouse and a proponent for the extended bar hours, said the most likely time for people to drive drunk is between the hours of 3 to 5 p.m., when many happy hours are happening, and that the extended hours would be a huge boost to the Southeast 47th Terrace area and the South Cape.

Councilmember David Stokes said the $150,000 it would cost for the extra police to patrol the area would be better spent on security for the charter schools.

* Regarding charter school safety improvements in the wake of a custodial-related abduction at Oasis Elementary School, council members discussed that issue, with Stokes repeating his call to increase security.

Mayor Joe Coviello said he wanted to hold a "shade" or private meeting in reference to that, saying he didn't want to tip his hand in regards to the options that might be discussed.

* The City Council also approved the strong opposition to a Senate bill that would preempt the authority of local governments to legislate short-term vacation rentals in residential areas.

Many residents in Cape Coral have expressed concern over the noise and the transient nature of these types of rentals.



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