Cape council approves animal shelter, housing development

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. – The Cape Coral City Council Monday voted in favor of moving forward with two major development projects.

The first item they approved (7-0) was a rezoning request to turn a cow pasture by Mariner High School into a large single-family housing community. Called “Stonewater”, the proposed development site covers 200 acres at the corner of Tropicana Parkway and Nelson Road in northwest Cape Coral, and calls for the construction of more than 300 homes and two recreation centers.

The second item they approved (also 7-0) was the Gulf Coast Humane Society’s request to bring Cape Coral its first animal shelter. The shelter’s proposed location is in an empty lot just north of Sun Splash Family Waterpark.

“We’re going to be able to help more animals. We always have a waiting list. We’re always at full capacity, our local animal controls are always full so we want to be able to help them as well. I’m very excited,” said Gulf Coast Humane Society director Jennifer Galloway.

The Humane Society still has to raise about $2 million before it can build the shelter, which is expected to open in the next 3-5 years.


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