Public share thoughts on Cape Coral-Bimini Basin plan

By Michael Cadigan

CAPE CORAL, Fla — – The city of Cape Coral and the redevelopment team hosted their second open house to discuss their plans for the Bimini Basin project Wednesday afternoon.

About a hundred people attended the forum to let both the city and the development team hear their thoughts on how both parties should move forward.

“I want to know how all of these things work together, it’s wonderful to bring all of this in, but what is this going to do to our neighborhood,” said Marian Borneman, who attended both information sessions.

The crowd at the Cape Coral Yacht Club not shy about sharing their opinions. Their biggest concern was about the basin’s water quality.

“There is a lot of genuine and reasonable concerns that they have,” said Kent Bonde, one of the project managers from Redevelopment Management Associates.

RMA will work over the next few months on a more concrete plan to bring back to the city. They plan to pitch the site to prospective businesses in order to energize downtown Cape Coral.

Some can’t wait to see what the plan will look like later this fall.

“I think there might be something happening here,” said Chic Dwight, a local realtor.

Others in attendance were a little more skeptical.

“We talk about a lot of things but it just doesn’t seem to happen,” said Borneman.