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Cape group organizes info session

Parks plan, ballot issues among presentations

September 6, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Northwest Neighborhood Association of Cape Coral will hold a special meeting next week so that residents may be better aware of what's going on in the city.

Rep. Dane Eagle, Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle, and Director of Cape Coral Parks Department Kerry Runyon will discuss various topics pertaining to the city and the upcoming General Election at the open-to-everyone session to be held at Mariner High School auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, on Sept. 13.

"We feel we need to provide a communication service," said John Karcher, vice president of NWNA.

Each guest will have a 20-30 minute window to speak, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer open forum.

Eagle will discuss what is happening in Tallahassee and support for Cape Coral and Southwest Florida.

Doyle will take meeting-goers through the November ballot, including the 12 initiative questions for the State Constitution, the half-cent sales tax proposal for the School District of Lee County and the city's $60 million parks bond.

Runyon will share the vision for the Parks Master Plan, taking residents through the referendum.

"We need to help people understand what their choice really means," said Karcher. "We're not telling people how to vote, we're just getting them to think for themselves."

He added that this is not a political meeting, simply a chance for Cape residents to come and educate themselves on the topics at hand.

"We're not trying to change anyone's mind," said Karcher. "We thought, 'What can we do to get people engaged and be good citizens?'"

He was discouraged with the primary voting numbers and hopes meetings like this will give people the initiative to get in the know and vote.

"You have a civic duty to vote and be informed on topics," he said.

A second meeting will be held Oct. 11,, also in the Mariner High auditorium, where district school board candidates will speak, among others.

Mariner High School is at 701 Chiquita Boulevard North.

Networking and new member registration will begin at 6 p.m.

For more information on the NWNA, visit

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