Fla. City OKs Luxury Resort After Long Debate

March 12, 2013 by · Comments Off on Fla. City OKs Luxury Resort After Long Debate 

Recreational vehicle parks are now allowed in Cape Coral, Fla., paving the way for a nearly 200-acre luxury RV resort.

The Fort Myers News-Press reported that the Cape Coral City Council voted Monday (March 12) to establish a land use classification for the parks and set the minimum guidelines for projects. In August, council directed the city manager to draft the necessary changes to the city’s land use regulations to make the parks possible and Monday’s ordinance put them into effect.

The only RV park in the pipeline is The Resort at Tranquility Lake, a 188-acre site off Burnt Store Road. The proposed resort, estimated to cost between $27 million and $30 million, will feature 250 lodging sites — down from 330 — an 87-acre lake, several pools, restaurants, a clubhouse and spa, mini golf, dog parks and other recreational options, some of which will be open to the public, according to developers.

Cliff Repperger, vice president of Avalon Engineering, said the site will draw the attention of RV enthusiasts across the country.

“I’ll put a lot of publicity on Cape Coral, a lot of RV people, a lot of RV magazines and everything,” Repperger said. “They’ll be focusing on Cape Coral. So I’m expecting big things.”

To avoid smaller, less-desirable parks, council members adopted several proposed changes to the ordinance Monday, including a minimum size of 75 acres and a maximum lodging time of six months.

Council members also confirmed the project had, in fact, changed its name from The Resort at Burnt Store Lake to avoid potential mix-ups by emergency workers because of a community in south Charlotte County named Burnt Store Lakes.

Resident Rick Williams, who lives on Old Burnt Store Road, said the project provides a nice contrast to other recent developments.

“It’s a good example of moving on from the gas stations and convenience stores that seem to be popping up here,” Williams said.

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