PUNTA GORDA, Fla. Despite the heavy pushback from neighbors, a new Punta Gorda condominium development is now one step closer to becoming a reality.
A developer wants to build the Aqui Esta Isle Residences, a 462 unit condominium community that would include a private pool, clubhouse and dock, along with preserving more than 50 acres of wetlands on Aqui Esta Blvd.
Concerned residents urged city council to block the rezoning of the proposed project.
“I did not choose to move to Naples, Fort Myers or Sarasota because of the traffic congestion, the high rises and crime that comes with a large city,” Kim Masdollar said. “I chose to move to Punta Gorda because of the small town feel.”
The council voted 4 to 1 in support of rezoning from a single multi family ordinance to make way for the new development.
Industry experts and others tried to reassure the public that the development is a good fit for the community.
“We believe the construction of this community will be an economic driver for the city of Punta Gorda and the entire community,” Allison Burch, president of the Charlotte County Chamber said. “Individuals who live in the condominiums are potential new businesses, owners and certainly users of local goods and services.”
A second reading of the rezoning ordinance will likely be held at next week’s city council meeting, but it will be closed to public comment.