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Residents upset over Cape Coral street name change

Posted at 12:23 AM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 02:08:54-04

People living on one Cape Coral street are angry about the city's proposal to change it's name.

The City is proposing changing the name of El Dorado Boulevard to Paul Sanborn Boulevard. Sanborn is considered a Founding Father of Cape Coral. He passed away in July.

"I was shocked," Maria Chevalier, who lives on El Dorado, told Four in Your Corner. "It's a waste of time and a waste of money."

A letter from the city said people living along the road need to contact the various entities needed to update their address if the ordinance passes.

"I read it over a couple times and I'm thinking 'Where are they coming from?'" Donna Damon said. 

She said she immediately thought of all the things she'd have to update.

"Your driver's license, your social security, your retirements, your bank account -- everything has to be changed. We have to notify all of our insurances. It's too much!" Damon said.

She also mentioned the amount of money the city would have to spend changing the hundreds of street signs along the roadway.

"Horrendous amounts of money. To change a name? Come on!" Damon said. "Taxpayers! The money could be much better spent on giving us sidewalks."

She said she understand the desire to honor Sanborn, but said there's already a park on SE 3rd Street. 

City Council will be discussing this during their November 6th meeting. A city spokesperson said people can voice their opinions on this during the meeting.