Save Our Recreation is a non-profit organization established to preserve the historic old Cape Coral Golf Club property as a park or recreational property for use by the public for generations to come. • saveourrecreation.us • savethegolfcourse.com • savethegolfclub.com •
4007 Palm Tree Blvd #108 Cape Coral, FL 33904
At last Monday’s (March 3rd) City Council meeting
I made an offer to the Council to see if the CFP would be willing to entertain
looking at a private/public partnership to see if the Golf Club property could
be successfully redeveloped with the inclusion of an 18 hole golf course.The Council voted unanimously to allow us time
to consider our involvement in the project.
At our meeting this Friday we will be presented with
possible development scenarios, possible partners, and possible funding
sources.Council Member Birch, Dana
Brunett, City EDO Director and Joe Mazurkiewicz, CFP Executive Director will
lead the discussion with input from other informed members and community
stakeholders. Once all the possibilities are laid out the CFP members will vote
to assist the city in saving this very unique parcel and making it the center
piece of Southeast Cape Coral.Please
join us for this very important discussion.
I believe this is a high risk, high reward proposition.If we were to get involved and be successful
it will give the CFP an immense amount of credibility.
We will also have our monthly update on
EDO activity from Dana Brunett.
Networking is from 7:00-7:30
and the meeting will begin promptly at 7:30am.
1.This is a historic piece of property
in Cape Coral and it was one of the centerpieces of the Cape Coral from its
2.It is the last significant piece of
green space in Southeast Cape Coral.
3.The current property has a land use designation
of parks and recreation which protects its current green space status if not
4.The Community Redevelopment Agency
(CRA) 2009 amendment when it added the golf course and surrounding property to
the CRA stated a key purpose for the adding the golf course was to allow “redevelopment
back to a viable course.”
5.Restoring the golf course (or similar
desirable green space development) will increase property values significantly.
6.With the way the CRA works this
increase in property values will lead to increased tax revenues for the City.
7.It is vital to make any decision only
after looking at all the alternatives, gathering data on all possible funding
sources, and then finding a way to restore it in order to keep this a special
part of Cape Coral that will be a destination for people to visit.
8.On Friday March 14 the Council for
Progress (CFP), with the support of the Cape Coral City Council, agreed to try
to find an option to address the golf course that could lead to restoring it as
a golf course.They will be engaged in
this process for 90 days.The CFP is
non-profit organization made up of community business leaders dedicated to the
economic development of Cape Coral. The CFP assists the City under a Memorandum
of Understanding entered into with the City in February 2014.
What can you do?
informed at www.savethegolfclub.com), Banyan Blog
(http://banyan.donetblog.com) or give us your email to forward updates
The Council for Progress is a group of local business leaders and movers & shakers in Cape Coral.
The Council for Progress voted unanimously at their Friday monthly meeting to form a task force for a 90 day period to look into possible options and funding sources to help preserve the former golf course property.
I have pasted an article about the Council for Progress below.
It was heralded as an agreement 15 years in the making.
is a very historic day,” announced Council for Progress Executive
Director Joe Mazurkiewicz. “We officially become the thing we set out to
“thing” Mazurkiewicz referenced was an organization involved in a true
partnership between some of the brightest business minds in the city and
Cape Coral’s Economic Development Office.
this past Friday morning in a conference room at the Hampton Inn in
South Cape Coral, Council for Progress chairperson David Owen put his
name on a Memorandum of Understanding between the organization and the
city effectively beginning a partnership between the two groups for the
next two years.
goal of the agreement is to recruit new businesses to the city and
create a long-term positive economic impact for Cape Coral. They hope to
attain that goal by utilizing some of the brightest business minds in
the city, “I see a lot of opportunities that we have not been able to
use before,” said MerriBeth Farnham, owner of HDPR Group, the local
agency tasked with marketing the city’s Economic Development Office.
basic framework of the agreement will work much in the same way the
Horizon Council has worked with Lee County in promoting the area and
recruiting new businesses.
Council for Progress, for its part, will contribute a minimum of
$34,000 per year to the city. All of the money contributed will be used
for business recruitment and marketing. The organization will also play a
major role in meeting with companies targeted by the Economic
Development Office for possible relocation to Cape Coral, “It will be
extremely beneficial for us to have like businesses meeting with those
we are trying to recruit to our city,” explained Cape Coral Economic
Development Director Dana Brunett.
addition, Council for Progress members will also assist the city in
developing marketing strategies to promote Cape Coral as a destination
for companies worldwide.
return for the group’s efforts, the city will contribute $17,000 which
will be used along with the Council for Progress’ contribution to market
the city and recruit new businesses. With
a current annual budget of less than $500,000, the additional funds
coming from the organization will certainly help the city in recruiting
new business. However, it is the resources the Council for Progress
members provide to the process that has Brunett excited, “We have
amazing talent right here in our own backyard. This agreement allows us
to better tap those resources for the benefit of not just those involved
but the entire city.” Mazurkiewicz,
has been the Executive Director of the organization since 1998, and
says with the added exposure and influence the agreement brings he
expects to see an increase in membership, which is currently around 100,
“Our members now have a unique opportunity to have a direct impact on
the direction of our city’s economic growth. I can see a number of local
business people wanting to be part of that.”
to Brunett, having those who have successfully created and maintained
businesses in Cape Coral, is a tool in the toolbox that will go a long
way in finally moving the needle in the city’s quest to lighten the tax
burden of its residents.
want to position ourselves to be leaders in the community working
together to bring new businesses to the city. If we are able to
accomplish that, it will be a benefit to the entire city. This agreement
is a major step toward that goal.”