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Cape Coral city council members discuss reopening parks

City council postpones decision to reopen parks
Posted at 12:35 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 00:46:06-04

CAPE CORAL. FLA. — Cape Coral city council members discuss reopening parks amid Governor DeSantis’ 30-day safer-in-place order.

Dozens of Cape Coral residents wrote in to express their opinions on whether to open parks, some are for it and others are against it.

Health care officials have started to see a slight decline in cases of COVID-19.

A final decision was made to continue to monitor the number of cases, in order to keep the public’s safety as their biggest priority and limit the spread of COVID-19.

The proposal included keeping all amenities closed but allowing walking, biking, and exercising in parks.

Council members say citizens would still be recommended to follow CDC social distancing guidelines and parking lots will remain closed to limit large gatherings.

“I do think that people should have the option at this point. If the parking lots are closed in the park and somebody in the neighborhood could just take a walk...it would be something that we would make available to our residents, ” City of Cape Coral Mayor Joe Coviello.

Council members voted 4 to 3 to reopen both the Coral Oaks golf course and Sea-Hawks Airpark.

Council members are set to vote on reopening parks in next Monday’s city council meeting.