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Cape Coral City Council approves more "open" signs for restaurants

More signage for local restaurants
Posted at 11:34 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 09:38:16-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Cape Coral City council members are providing some relief to local restaurants.

In a unanimous vote council members passed an ordinance letting restaurants put out more signs to try and attract more business.


Fox 4 spoke with Don Kelly, the owner of Foster’s Grille in Cape Coral.

“We went from astronomical business to being full all day long, to now as you can see nothing,” said Kelly.

He says the city’s decision was much needed as people are still working through the governor’s new regulations.

“For the customer, they don’t know what places are open and which are not open,” said Don Kelly.

He has a single banner outside displaying the store’s takeout number, and so far Kelly says it has been attracting new customers.

“We have actually picked up a few new customers from those banners, ” said Don Kelly.

Cape Coral City Council member Cosden was once a business owner herself and says the decision was a no brainer.
“ This is just something small. I understand its not money, a bailout, it is not saying you can open again, but I think it would be helpful for businesses to advertise they are still open,” Jessica Cosden.

“Any exposure we can get is definitely going to help us,” said Kelly.

As we figure out our new realities, the city council says they have our best interest in mind.

“We will do everything we can as local leaders to make it easier on everybody,” said Councilmember Cosden.

This new ordinance will remain in effect throughout Governor DeSantis’ safer in place order.