We've seen this before!!
Tropicana Neighborhood Park
(aka Cape Coral Watersports Park)
Please see The Breeze article from 2013 regarding the City's efforts to build a facility for the kayak club on Lake Kennedy. The effort failed as a result of the Lake Kennedy and Saratoga Lake residents fighting the city tooth and nail. The city did not build the facility for the kayak club but instead leased a city-owned house on the Lake Kennedy property to the kayak club. Now they are trying to do something similar on Tropicana Neighborhood Park.
This is the same playbook the City is using to build a Watersports Park on the location you were told would be Tropicana Neighborhood Park. In 2013, there was also a Stakeholders Group meeting, there was also information withheld, and there was also a plan to support a private club with taxpayer dollars.
I used to live on Saratoga Lake which is connected to Lake Kennedy. I moved from Saratoga Lake in 2013 during all this nonsense and I recently discovered that it was my Saratoga Lake neighbor who led the resistance against the City's plans to build a facility for the kayak club using taxpayer dollars. The problem then, as it is now, is the city's lack of transparency. I am very familiar with the playbook the City is using and you need to know this is yet another chapter in that book.
President – Northwest Cape Coral Neighborhood Association, Inc.
Kayak Club Lease - Breeze Article from 2013