Questions about Cape Coral code standards
FOX 4 Staff
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A small business owner in Cape Coral asked the FOX 4 Troubleshooter about a perceived double standard marked vehicles parked in the driveways of homes in the city.
Some small business owners believe the city isn't consistent in the way it enforces rules regarding vehicles that bear advertisements.
Jason Barrett says he's not happy that he can't keep his equipment trailer for his small entertainment business at his home. "If we have an event that comes up we have to come all the way over here, pick the trailer up, haul it back to Cape Coral, load it and then according to the city council we only have three hours to get off the property," Barrett said.
Barrett points to a new city campaign inviting business to the city as questionable. The Billboards say the Cape is "Open for Business."
Barrett said, "I've talked to a lot of small business owners and the problem they're having is they have to decide whether to keep their employees or pay for off property storage and I think the right thing to do is keep jobs right now."
We took Barrett's questions to the city where spokeswoman Connie Barron explained the ordinance. "I think that the residents here have an expectation of a certain quality of life in their residential area so they really don't want to come out and see work vans and other types of commercial vehicles parked in the driveways."
Barrett counters that the city allows boats in yards and driveways. Again Barron says it's simple, boats are not commercial vehicles.
The rules are simple, a car, SUV, pick up or van can be parked in a driveway with commercial advertising as long as it doesn't have any relationship to the address where it's parked.