Greetings and Happy New Year!
The first 2023 NWNA board of directors meeting was held on January 3rd. The newly elected officers joined the existing treasurer and committee chairpersons to conduct business as usual, assist with the transition and establish contact communications.
Reporting on focus projects and new development applications in our community will keep our volunteer group very busy. Content published by the NWNA is the number one trusted source of information pertaining to development in and around Northwest Cape Coral, according to Google and local news networks. We could certainly use more volunteer assistance from a writer or journalist to help regularly publish content and information to our members. Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to assist.
The push forward to transform Seven Islands into a 'Gulf Gateway' is underway. This project weighs heavily on the collective minds of our community. Specific updates on this anchor project will be communicated thru our website https://www.nwcape.com, our NWNA Member App, or our Facebook Page.
Towards this end, the NWNA is currently working to secure a venue for a General Membership Meeting in early March 2023. The announcement of the date and time will be forthcoming. Please join us to meet newly elected officers and to listen and contribute to ongoing projects and neighborhood initiatives. Our membership is over 1850 strong and continues to grow and a new meeting facility will be needed to accommodate our members.
One of the ways we are expanding our reach is by attending neighboring civic organizations' meetings. The Pine Island, Matlasha, St. James, and Mulltet Runners Greater Pine Island Alliance Civic Association meet weekly. During a recent meeting, we obtained concept drawings of the Matlacha waterfront district which we will share at the UPCOMING general membership meeting. Renderings give us all hope of what could be. While most of our membership in Northwest Cape Coral sustained significant wind damage, residences of Pine Island, St. James City, and Matlacha were impacted by catastrophic flooding.
In a meeting with the Lee County commissioner and FEMA, we learned about the ongoing critical need to place impacted residents in temporary housing and travel trailers. Companies charitable organizations, churches, and volunteers are donating time, labor, and building materials. Additionally, Ian has gained national attention, and deployments of carpenters and volunteers on a long-term basis are coming to help rebuild replacement homes. These volunteers need temporary housing. We have an army of neighbors boarding this area, wouldn't it be wonderful to help?
These neighborhood communities are coming together to plan and rebuild waterfront dining, retail shops, art galleries, and recreational water activities that we ALL lost. NWNA members were a huge part of driving the economy in this area. We embraced it, it was a part of us. Please visit nwcape.com and click on the Calander of Upcoming events for dates and times of fundraising and volunteering events in our neighboring communities.
I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your passion for the community, so we can advocate with a collective voice.
President of the NWNA