A lack of lighting and storm debris wasn’t stopping a group of people from putting on their dancing shoes in Cape Coral on Wednesday.
Cork Soakers in downtown Cape Coral brought back a popular event that got people up and moving. A lot of people came out to watch Deb & the Dynamics perform.
WINK News spoke to several people who said it brings back a sense of normalcy.
“It’s a good time. People are ready to have a good time and party,” said Debra Biela, leader of Deb & the Dynamics.
“We’re big followers of Deb & the Dynamics. They were at The Oyster Place, they did a fundraiser for Matlacha. They went there. That was a great thing for them to do. But to be here locally, closer, that was like twice as far away for us. So it’s nice to be here. It’s great,” said Doug Campbell, a Cape Coral resident.
While the event usually has people lining the streets dancing, on Wednesday, it was brought back to its roots.
“This is how we started. So we’re going back to where we started,” said Biela.
The dancing was moved back onto Cork Soakers’ property because they say the City of Cape Coral didn’t give them a permit to close down the street.
Just four days ago, they posted this on their Facebook, saying in part:
There is no lighting on 47th Terrace (ie street lights) and my neighbor behind me has hey gigantic pile of debris on the sidewalk behind us. For these two reasons the city is not approving our outdoor permit just yet.
WINK News reached out to the City of Cape Coral and said in part:
Cork Soakers does not have a special event permit for street closures at this time.
“I can understand that. And tell you the truth. To me, it really doesn’t matter which way they do it. It’s still great because we bring our chairs here and actually have our dog, which is nice, you know, so either way is fine,” said Campbell.
“I think next week, it’ll be cleaned up, and then just knowing that it’s just not, you know, this one is just not safe to have people out at night without lights and things like that. So, I think it’s a good situation. Everybody is still here to support the band supporting community,” said Damion Dolney, who attended the event on Wednesday.
As for when they might get that permit again to go out into the street, we don’t know, but Bielasaid they’re hoping to be back within a week or so.