To the editor:
Cape Coral has a lot of potential, but we are failing to reach it. Moving forward with the Concourse on the Cape (Swim/Tennis) project will get us back on track. The project is the perfect storm of opportunity and we cannot afford to miss out on it. It will give the Cape national and international attention as this project is the first of its kind. Nothing negative can come out of Cape Coral hosting the U.S. national swimming trials just prior to the 2012 summer Olympics! The press and marketing alone is worth any financial investment the city has to make up front and/or over time.
Every member of City Council needs to have a "can do" attitude about this project. This is not time for posturing or politics - this is time for action. Start discussions with "how do we make this happen" and move forward. It's time to get creative with the deal. When it comes to public/private partnerships, those on the public side believe the private side makes all the sacrifices and the public side just reaps all the benefits. Its not like that at all. "Partnerships" mean working together - sacrifices are made by both sides because true collaboration ultimately results in BOTH sides reaping maximum rewards.
This project will bring new businesses, industries, and development to our region to support/compliment it. We will be the laughing stock of the state if we fail. It sends a message that Cape Coral will NOT work together with business and industry in effort to bring them into our city. This is in complete contrast to the city's own Web site, which says things like "Growth Engine of SW Florida" and "Cape Coral is available to assist with establishing a successful business, provide information on incentives, property location and direction..." We cannot afford to send the wrong message!
The majority of Cape residents stand behind this project. A Facebook fan page has almost 1,200 supporters! A lot of supporters are working class families who struggle with being able to attend council meetings. Which is why we are sending emails, making phone calls, and signing petitions, to make our voices heard in alternate ways. We will use the power of our votes to replace council members who vote against this project. As a resident, small business owner, and father, I urge City Council to support this project.
Jeff Roman, P.E.
Owner - EnSite, Inc.