Upscale Cape Coral RV resort close to getting approval

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. – It’s been out of the news for a couple years, but plans to build a huge high-end RV park in northwest Cape Coral have anything but disappeared.

Touted as the “Ritz-Carlton” of RV parks, The Resort at Tranquility Lake is a roughly $30 million development that could open as early as next year.

“This will be the first of its kind in Florida,” developer Duane Truitt told WINK News Tuesday.

Covering 188 acres at the corner of Burnt Store Road and Durden Parkway, the resort would feature a clubhouse, rental cabins, its own marina, and space for 265 motor homes. However, only “Class-A” RVs will be allowed.

“Typically we’ll see them being sold in the neighborhood of $400,000 up to as much as maybe $3 million. So these are extremely luxurious units,” said Truitt on the types of RVs the resort will welcome.

When the resort was first proposed in 2013, it prompted the city to pass its first RV ordinance, setting certain restrictions to prevent parks from popping up all over the city. After months of dotting I’s and crossing T’s, the developers are now ready to present their plan to the city Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday morning.

“We’ve had staff recommendation for approval, all the folks we’ve talked to in the neighborhood and the area have been very supportive so we don’t anticipate any problems,” said Truitt.

If given the green light Wednesday, the City Council will have the final say October 5. If approved, developers hope to break ground by the end of spring and open by the end of 2016.

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