Wants to Know: Did taxpayer money pay for Cape Coral neighborhood turn lanes


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Wants to Know: Did taxpayer money pay for Cape Coral neighborhood turn lanes

By Sara Belsole. CREATED Jul 22, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -  Royal Tee Country Club has a new turn lane and gate to get into the neighborhood from Veterans Memorial Parkway.

But some residents who don't live there have concerns.

"The public can't go in, so should the tax payers be paying for the road work to accompany that," resident Becky Read asked.

So Fox 4 went to find out who paid for the project. We reached out to the Florida Department of Transportation, but they told us since Veterans Memorial Parkway is a county road, it's not their territory.

That led us to Dan Weigand. Weigand lives at Royal Tee and was the project manager for the new gate and turn lane.

"Who paid for it?" Fox 4's Sara Belsole asked.
"Our HOA, our Homeowners Association, gave us this. It was totally funded by internal funds," Weigand said.
It cost the neighborhood $250,000, but it cost you zero. Weigand said since the new entrance was meant to make things easier for those who live in the neighborhood, they never expected tax payers to pick up the tab.
"We felt we were going to have to pay for it and it was a protracted event so we started putting money in a reserve account to fund that knowing it was going to cost a lot of money," Weigand said.
Some good news for you and other tax payers like Read.
Read says finding out she didn't pay for the project makes her feel much better.


Sara Belsole

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Sara Belsole is a video journalist for FOX 4