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Residents praise changes made to shopping plaza along SW 47th Terrace

Posted at 10:51 PM, Mar 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 07:55:17-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Residents living along SW 47th Terrace in Cape Coral have been upset with operations at the shopping plaza across the street from their homes. For years, residents said they've voiced their concerns at city council meetings, written to council members and tried talking to the owner of the plaza, but nothing ever changed, until recently.

“A lot of these huge delivery trucks would be in the streets, so we have cars parking here, and we have trucks lined up blocking traffic,” said resident Camielle Klump.

Klump and a group of neighbors first reached out to Fox 4 on March 21. The group showed Fox 4 letters they had written to council members. But it wasn't until after our story aired that they received a phone call from Cape Coral Community Development office.

“They told us that they’ve sent letters to a couple city managers and people in authority and they will do their best to try and help us with the situation," said Klump.

Klump said in the past few days action has been taken.

“Apparently management of the mall, they’ve installed within the fence area, they’ve installed no parking signs and this was one of the major problems,” said Klump.

Now delivery trucks can drive through the fenced in area rather than use driveways like Klump's to back into the loading zone. Klump said this is a win for the neighborhood but she hopes a few more issues will soon be worked out, like the piles of trash residents can see from their front yards.

"We are all for corporate growth, but it cannot detract from the quality of life that we pay for," said Klump.