Residents concerned with city codes in Cape Coral

Posted at 6:31 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 18:33:51-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla-- A group of Cape Coral residents are voicing frustration claiming the businesses across the street are breaking city codes and nothing is being done about it. The residents live along SW 47th Terrace, directly behind a popular shopping plaza that features restaurants like Lobster Lady Seafood and Little Caesars Pizza.

"We have huge trucks which are delivering in the streets blocking traffic," said resident Camille Klump.

Klump's home faces the back of a strip mall. She built a makeshift barrier along her driveway to prevent delivery trucks from using her driveway but said it's not enough.

"I think the city needs to take a closer look as to what measures should be defined as commercial and as residential," said Klump.

Klump and dozens of neighbors have attended council meetings and written council members voicing their frustrations. Councilman Burch sent back a response saying he understands the residents concerns.

Councilman Burch said the police is actively working with the businesses for the appropriate parking and unloading of vehicles. He said an extra 20 parking spaces are being added to the plaza to prevent parking behind the building. 

However, residents said that doesn't solve their biggest concern which is the early morning deliveries. 

 "All they need to do is get a parking sign up there, a loading zone from certain hours from certain hours and the truckers can obey by it," said resident Morgan James.

The group of residents said they support the business across the street but want more respect for their living conditions just feet away.

"Even if there are restaurants, that fence should be run all away the cross to contain all of the dumping, all the activities, all the restaurant equipment washing, the activities of the employees," said Klump.

FOX4 reached out to the City of Cape Coral. A spokesperson for the city said they are looking into the matter.