Friday, June 26, 2009


Come to hear the results of the June 25th CRA workshop that in included discussions on the golf course property. Stayed involved & committed make your community the best it can be.

Place: Cape Coral Borad of Realtors
918 SE 46th Lane (parking in rear)

Time: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14th

See you there. Thank you.


CRA asks public for ideas on revamping golf course

Negotiations ongoing of sale of land


The Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency is looking for ideas from residents on how best to refurbish the golf course and surrounding area that was incorporated into its boundaries earlier this month.

A public workshop held Thursday encouraged residents to provide input on remodeling efforts for the 175-acre area formerly known as The Golf Course.

Shut down two years ago for its apparent lack of economic viability, restoring the course has been a high priority for nearby residents.

Besides typical golf course amenities like a clubhouse, hotel, convention center and restaurant, an environmental park and other uses of open spaces to use in tandem with the course were also discussed during the workshop.

"I want to hear some of the out-of-the-box ideas," Councilmember Dolores Bertolini said.

Another meeting will be held July 15 to help the CRA craft a redevelopment plan, which CRA board members will vote on July 21.

The plan will then go before the Planning and Zoning Board in August, before coming before the Cape Coral City Council for a vote in September.

CRA executive director John Jacobsen acknowledged that the new lands will mean more work for the CRA with less money. CRA board members passed a tentative budget of $4.7 million Thursday before the workshop. This year's CRA budget is $5.1 million.

"We have a lot more work to do now," Jacobsen said.

Before the CRA can help remake the golf course, current owners Florida Gulf Ventures must sell the land to the Trust for Public Land, an intermediary buyer for the CRA.

Negotiations are ongoing and appraisals for both sides are still being conducted.

"That's the first key issue when you find out what you first base cost is going to be," Bertolini said.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Meeting THURSDAY, JUNE 25th at 6:30 Please Attend

Please plan to attend this very important event. This is a public workshop to get citizens input on the modification to the redevelopment plan for the CRA expansion areas including the golf course.

Cape Coral Board of Realtors
918 SE 46th Lane
Thursday, June 25th at 6:30

Parking in the rear at Club Square

See you all there.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to Save The (18 hole) Golf Course!!!!


Monday, June 08, 2009

CRA expands to take over Cape Coral golf club • June 8, 2009

The City Council tonight took a step toward shifting the defunct Golf Club under city control.

The council tonight accepted a study - one of several steps necessary to expand the Community Redevelopment Agency to encompass the 175-acre course in the southeast Cape. With the course in the CRA district, a portion of tax dollars from the surrounding property can be used to purchase and rehabilitate the Golf Club. Property owners won’t pay any additional taxes. Instead as the value of property around the course increases, the extra tax dollars from that increase can be used to pay off the course.

The CRA is still working out a price to purchase the property from its current owners, Florida Gulf Ventures, LLC.