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City chooses Ford’s Boathouse to take over Yacht Club restaurant location

POSTED Tue, 07/16/2013 – 2:05am | POSTED BY Jeff Koehn

                       

Ford’s Garage officially opened in the former Leapin’ Lizards location on July 4

On the day one era ended at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, another one began.

On Monday night, the Cape Coral City Council accepted the proposal of Zak Kearns one of the owners of local restaurant Ford’s Garage.

Ford’s Boathouse, as it will be known will take up residency at the former home of KC’s Riverstop at the Cape Coral Yacht Club pier, hopefully within the next four months.

Kearns says Ford’s Boathouse will be an extension of Ford’s Garage, which opened its Cape Coral location just a few weeks ago at the foot of the Cape Coral Bridge.

With their latest venture, the company will look to create a waterfront destination that would be family oriented with hamburgers, hot dogs, seafood, and drinks targeted to accommodate beach goers and boaters, “We are going to go above and beyond to make it a hang out.”

Included in the plan would be a possible extension of the restaurant’s deck, live music and entertainment, and possible beach service for food and drinks. Kearns also said the company is looking into the possibility of adding sunset cruises aboard a pontoon boat.

Ford’s Boathouse was one of three proposals the city received to take over the restaurant, fuel dock services and bait/tackle shop after the city decided not to extend the lease of current tenant KC’s Riverstop. Cape Coral’s Dixie Roadhouse and T&D Adventures of SW Florida were the other proposals received.

However, Dixie Roadhouse announced late Friday afternoon that they had withdrawn their proposal to concentrate more on their current business and expansion of that business.

With Dixie Roadhouse withdrawing, that left the council with the choice between Ford’s Boathouse and Poppy’s Grill at the Yacht Club.

Poppy’s Grill was proposed by T&D Adventures of SW Florida, owned by South Cape Diner owners Tom and Debra Timmerman. Also, part of the T&D Adventures team was former Cape Coral Mayor and owner of BJM Consulting Joe Mazurkiewicz.

Mazurkiewicz made the announcement of his involvement in the project while presenting the proposal to the city council at Monday night’s meeting.

Mazurkiewicz explained that between his 45 years in the community and the Timmerman’s years of experience in owning restaurants both in Cape Coral and New York, Poppy’s Grill would be just a piece of a larger puzzle, “This is bigger than a restaurant, this is about the entire Yacht Club,” he explained to the council. “We want to evolve this into the jewel of the Southeast Cape Coral.

He also stated that the two proposals were not that different, other than their approach, “T&D wants to evolve the site into a destination, and that will take 3-5-10 years.”

T&D said part of their growth strategy would the possibility of adding a roof covering three quarters of the deck in the second five years of their lease.

According to their written proposals, both establishments agreed to pay $3,500 per month in rent plus property tax. However, both told the council they were negotiable when it came to the amount of rent the city would charge. Both were asking for a five year lease, with Ford’s Boathouse asking for two five year options following.

For the council, while there was excitement generated by the proposals, there was also some questions, “I have some concern about the hours of operation,” explained council member Rana Erbrick, who said the restaurant’s location in a neighborhood area does not allow for late night music enjoyed at some establishments.

Council Member Kevin McGrail echoed Erbrick’s concerns, “I have a scary vision of bad karaoke at midnight.”

Both Ford’s and T&D explained that it was their goal to develop a strong relationship with their neighbors, and would have to adjust their entertainment accordingly in order to not have a negative impact on the area.

Another concern was the lack of parking available at the Yacht Club. No one had an immediate solution to that problem that has plagued the Yacht Club for years. However, both said they would work with the city to at the very least optimize the parking that is currently available.

In the end, the council commended both firms for having impressive proposals, but went with Ford’s Boathouse in a 5-3 vote with council members Marty McClain, McGrail, Derrick Donnell, John Carioscia, and Lenny Nesta voting for the proposal.

Kearns says they expect to have the improvements completed in time to have the new restaurant open for the upcoming season.

Now having two restaurants in the city, they are hoping to have a positive impact on the entire South Cape district, “It takes one to start a fire. I think Ford’s Garage is going to be the igniter. When we put them all together, along with all the other establishments in the South Cape, we can only make them better. We are extremely excited about adding Ford’s Boathouse to that mix.”

This article is courtesy of: CapeCoral.com

http://capecoral.com/content/city-chooses-fords-boathouse-take-over-yacht-club-restaurant-location

 Florida Waterfront Home

This is the 10th location of the “11 Southwest Florida Waterfront Vacation Home Communities” eBook, which is available as a free download!

The Punta Rassa Condominium development is located at the foot of the Sanibel Causeway. This community features four waterfront mid-rise and high-rise buildings, with a total of 184 two-bedroom, two-bath condos. Each Florida waterfront home offers between 1,320 to 1,379 square feet of living space. From your condo in Punta Rassa, you can enjoy resplendent views of the sunset over San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico each and every day. Just another day in the waterfront lifestyle paradise!

Amenities you will enjoy at your Florida waterfront home in Punta Rassa Condos include:

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Jonathan Harbour Community - Waterfront Homes in Fort Myers

This is the 9th location of the “11 Southwest Florida Waterfront Vacation Home Communities” eBook, which is available as a free download!

For a private island lifestyle, join this exclusive waterfront community tucked away on Connie Mack Island in South Fort Myers. Jonathan Harbour is one of the most prestigious waterfront communities that Fort Myers has to offer. It is located off McGregor Boulevard, just before the Sanibel Island Causeway.

Jonathan Harbour boasts absolutely breathtaking views and deep water Gulf access throughout the community. As a resident of Jonathan Harbour, you will also enjoy the waterfront luxury of your yacht or boat on a private dock behind your home.

The amenities available at Jonathan Harbour take waterfront living to a whole new level. It is a luxurious slice of paradise, on your own private island. Should you decide to make one of Jonathan Harbour’s waterfront homes in Fort Myers your home or vacation home, you will enjoy a:

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This is the 8th location of the “11 Southwest Florida Waterfront Vacation Home Communities” eBook, which is available as a free download!

On the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, in the Iona-McGregor area of South Fort Myers, lies the beautiful Fort Myers luxury homes by the name of Harbour Isle Yacht & Racquet Club. This is a gated community with seventeen sections of:

  • Single Family Residence
  • Townhouses
  • Condos
  • Mid to High-rise buildings
  • Pool Homes

The Harbour Isle Yacht & Racquet Club features an array of amenities to fit an active lifestyle, combined with the beauty and tranquility of waterfront living.

If you choose to make this your Fort Myers luxury home, you can enjoy amenities such as:

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Fort Myers Waterfront Homes - Siesta Isles

This is the 7th location of the “11 Southwest Florida Waterfront Vacation Home Communities” eBook, which is available as a free download!

Siesta Isles is a small, tropical oasis nestled in the back bay of Fort Myers Beach. This community boasts one of the largest and deepest canals in Lee County. In fact, the Siesta Isles canal is along the route of the famous Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade, which takes place every year in December.

The Fort Myers waterfront homes of Siesta Isles include:

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Waterfront Vacation Homes - Boardwalk Caper

This is the 6th location of the “11 Southwest Florida Waterfront Vacation Home Communities” eBook, which is available as a free download!

Right next door to Siesta Isles, is the Boardwalk Caper, which is considered one of the most desirable waterfront vacation homes in the greater Fort Myers Beach area. It is perfect for big boats, sail boats, fishing boats, and smaller recreational boats! This is a beautiful, gated marina community on Fort Myers Beach, named for its unique, double, mile-long, lighted boardwalk. It is perfect for evening walks, morning jogs, or to meet up with your neighbors each day around 4pm, for the “Sundowners” social.

The Boardwalk Caper is located along the area’s BEST deep water canal, providing sail boat access directly to the Gulf of Mexico and beach in less than one mile (about 8 minutes)… without any bridges!

Here are just a few of the many, wonderful amenities you will enjoy at the little slice of paradise known as the Boardwalk Caper waterfront vacation homes:

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Town & River Condo - Beautiful Florida Waterfront Properties

This is the 5th location of the “11 Southwest Florida Waterfront Vacation Home Communities” eBook, which is available as a free download!

If you’re looking for the waterfront lifestyle with simplicity, you will feel right at home in the well established Fort Myers boating community of “Town and River”. This community of single-family homes and condos was originally developed in the 1970’s, and is located in Fort Myers off historic McGregor Boulevard, just South of The Landings.

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Fort Myers Waterfront Homes - The Landings

This is the 4th location of the “11 Southwest Florida Waterfront Vacation Home Communities” eBook, which is available as a free download!

The Landings is a beautiful riverfront community located in Fort Myers. It is situated on 250 acres of splendor, encompassing 12 condominium associations and two homeowner associations. The Riverside Yacht Club Estates is an additional homeowners association within The Landings community.

If you choose to make The Landings one of your Fort Myers waterfront homes, you will have the luxury of enjoying:

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Fort Myers Luxury Homes - Gulf Harbour Golf and Country Club

This is the 3rd location of the “11 Southwest Florida Waterfront Vacation Home Communities” eBook, which is available as a free download!

As far as waterfront communities go… Gulf Harbour Golf & Country Club is the crème de la crème. This is a very exclusive, upscale community with every imaginable luxury.

Gulf Harbour is a unique, equity member-owned, private Club on the shores of the Caloosahatchee River. The Gulf of Mexico is only 4.5 nautical miles from your home (yes, “nautical miles”… you’ll soon be speaking in “Waterfront Living” terms as well!) It is also only 10 minutes from beautiful Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island.

If you decide to make Gulf Harbour your vacation home, you will enjoy:

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