Last night Cape Coral City Council gave the green light for new housing development on the city's northwest side. Most of it would go near Veterans Parkway and Surfside Boulevard near the Sandoval housing community. People who live in the area expect it to be a good thing, as long as it's affordable.
"I think adding affordable housing will give a boost to our economy all the way around," said Judy Dicosta who's lived in the city for about 40 years. She sees it helping the tax base.
"More families, more people. It's going to increase our revenues in our grocery stores and our retail shopping," said Dicosta.
The area is now zoned for multi-family housing or apartments and town homes, meaning more people can live there.
As Evelyn Harris Mason visited the market she said with a better economy comes more visitors. But she doesn’t want Cape Coral to become as busy as the other side of Florida.
"It will be nice for more people to come visit...but as long as we don’t have too many and it’s not overcrowded like Miami, because that’s overcrowded," said Mason.
Mayor Joe Coviello was concerned about losing the two lakes near the projected housing development. The consultant said the lakes will stay and the area could eventually see 300 to 500 new housing units.