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Cape business owners sound off on Zombicon

Posted at 10:42 PM, Dec 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-12 22:42:01-05

Although it's not a certainty, there is an effort to move Zombicon to Cape Coral.  The move comes a week after the Ft. Myers City Council voted to boot the event from downtown.  6 people were wounded, and one person killed October 17th, when shots rang out during the annual event.  

"Do I think we could handle it? Yes, but do I think it will happen, I don't know," said Alan Lessard, owner of Dixie Roadhouse.

Cape Coral Councilman Richard Leon announced Tuesday he will bring up the issue at a council meeting next month.  But not everyone thinks it's a good idea.

"To have it move from one footprint in Ft. Myers to another footprint in Cape Coral, with pretty much the same type of open area, it doesn't seem very safe or responsible," said Chris Bacus, owner of Ciao Wood Fire Pizza, a couple blocks away from Dixie Roadhouse.
 
Bacus worried a shooter would be able to escape easily since Cape Coral's downtown is spread out. 
 
But Lessard thinks city leaders should consider the idea.  He says Cape Coral already does a good job handling Bike Night, which draws 18,000 people.
 
"I believe that more bodies is more revenue, and more revenue is better for the community."
 
Zombicon organizers say they have not decided where the 2016 festival will be held.
 
Police are still looking for a suspect in this shooting.  The person they are looking for is described as white or Hispanic, late teens or early 20's, last seen wearing a black or red ball cap.  They believe he fled the scene on First Street.