"My position on the Golf Club property has never waivered. I support reestablishing the Championship Golf Course that has so much history and became such an integral part of the fabric of our Cape Coral society. Many of you remember playing the clay tennis courts, participating in weddings and parties that many of our families had. Some may even remember watching Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw battle it out for the NCAA Golf Championship, right here on our course. There are many good reasons for this course to return. A course with a hotel/convention center with a public/private partnership possible should be the first goal so that after resurrection, the course is sustainable. There are many key partners that have been standing in wait to bring the course back and, thereby, extend the reach of the CRA so that the Downtown can also benefit and thrive. This Course is not just a Golf Course. It is a symbol of all that is good in the Cape, a beacon of hope, that values and history mean something and an economic engine to Move This City Forward. We must be vigilant and patient, but we must also engage the owners at the proper time and communicate our desires and plans so that we do not lose the opportunity that has, miraculously, come before us once again. It was a long process from 2009 when we went to court with them and I, well remember, giving testimony for this successful effort. It has been too long for Banyon Trace and the adjoining owners that were left in the lurch with broken promises. Help me, help you restore the order and bring our heritage back."
JIM BURCH Candidate for City Council District 1