The city needs to obtain permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection before the project can move forward. Plans include expanding the beach area, adding new paid parking garages and updating the restrooms.
A renovation project for a Florida yacht club is on hold for the time being
The Cape Coral (Fla.) Yacht Club is supposed to be closed for renovations, but Cape Coral did not get the necessary permits in time, WINK reported.
No one can say when work will begin, and it doesn’t look like the issue will be resolved anytime soon as Cape Coral waits for permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, WINK reported.
The original plan was to close the yacht club in April and keep it shut down for two years, with only the boathouse restaurant available to people, WINK reported. That initial plan has been pushed back. Some of the city’s plans to renovate the Yacht Club included expanding the beach area, adding new paid parking garages and updating the restrooms.
Michael Ilczyszyn, Cape Coral’s interim public work director, told WINK the longer the project is on hold, the more it will cost.
“We have been on a parallel path trying to secure the permits to actually do the construction of the in-water aspects, which specifically are the boat ramp removal and relocation, the seawall replacement and the redesign of the docks; those activities get permitted through the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environmental Protection,” Ilczyszyn said.
Ilczyszyn told WINK that the major delays are necessary for the federal and state department in charge of the permits.
“They have a responsibility to review those projects and make sure that they’re done to protect endangered species, to prevent any water quality degradation,” Ilczyszyn said.
The City of Cape Coral said when it eventually does get the permits, it has to give around a 60-day notice to residents before construction begins, WINK reported.