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"CAN I PARK THERE?" How Cape Coral could finally fix parking downtown

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Nov 27, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-27 17:12:52-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Finding a place to park in downtown Cape Coral can be more than just a frustration for drivers.

“I live in Ft Myers and I just started over in this area about two months ago and the parking downtown is terrible,” said one driver.

Fox 4 has been following the parking pain closely, so ahead of a public presentation Wednesday, Community Correspondent Colton Chavez took a look at the city's public parking survey results.

According to 150 people surveyed:

  • 66% had trouble finding parking
  • 41% had trouble parking near their destination
  • 74% were not willing to pay for parking

On November 29, a Consultant for the South Cape Parking Management Plan will provide a presentation on the preliminary draft recommendations from the study.
The other issue city staff found was of the 7,308 total parking spaces, 74% of parking spaces are private — that's nearly 55 hundred spaces!

Fox 4 spoke with drivers about what solutions they would like to see.

“Oh I would definitely do a parking garage look at downtown Fort Myers with all its events, we don't have any issues there," said one driver who said they commute to the downtown cape from Fort Myers for work.

"I don't know if I would want to pay to park but if it came down to it if we could get a good spot,” said another driver.

A good spot, something many people say they would be looking for as holiday events roll into Cape Coral.

“Especially when my store hosts events all the time nobody can park over here and there is limited access and some people have to park a mile away,” said one driver.

The Community Redevelopment Agency will meet on November 29 at 9 AM.