From the size of the crowd and number of announcements, visitors to this year’s Catch the Vision event would likely have been surprised to hear that Cape Coral was recovering from a recent hurricane.
Instead, the winds of change include some big wins for Cape Coral:
- New Nissan and Chrysler, Dodge & Jeep dealerships, with plans for a third car dealership along Pine Island Road, will provide more options in the auto market.
- The Westin’s new Conference Center will have a soft opening in December. They officially begin hosting a wide array of events starting in January.
- A new 30,000-square-foot organic grocery store, part of a national retail chain, is coming to “the elusive” site at Santa Barbara Boulevard and Veterans Parkway.
- Burlington Coat Factory has announced plans to move into the former Sports Authority space on Pine Island Road.
- A new high-end motor coach resort is set to break ground in early 2018. It will feature 188 acres near Burnt Store Road and Durden Parkway.
- A no-kill animal shelter will break ground in 2018 with plans to provide expanded services.
- Panera Bread is coming to South Cape.
Event organizers also gave a big nod to several companies who are taking big steps to grow in 2018:
- Gulf Coast Village opened the $32 million, 131,000-square-foot Palmview assisted living and memory facility this year. As part of Phase 2 of the expansion, more skilled nursing units are being added.
- Architectural Metal Flashings opened its 12,000 square-foot manufacturing company in Cape Coral this year, becoming a preferred manufacturer for the rising, solar-powered Babcock Ranch community.
- AAE Glass has opened its new studio and design center. This effectively doubles its class space, with a new glass-related silk screening operation being added. AAE Glass teaches and supplies fused art glass online and in-person to people from around the world.
- Ecological Laboratories continues to bring its environmentally friendly products to an ever-growing market. They have plans to complete their sixth expansion in Cape Coral this year.
- Shoot Center, a new indoor gun range on Del Prado Boulevard, has a strong focus on customer service.
And the list goes on. EDO Manager Dana Brunett told the crowd, “Hurricane Irma may have punched us in the nose, but we came back strong.”