In Cape Coral, Fla., the city council met last night and voted 7-1 in favor of a weekly outdoor flea market to be run by the German American Social Club, a respected local not-for-profit. The club sought a variance, seeing as the market was not permitted under the Cape Coral master plan. Press coverage before the meeting cast doubt on the market’s prospects.
According to club president Gerhard Veith, however, the town elders were receptive to the proposal because of the club’s local reputation. “The department that objected said that under the zoning we could not have a flea market,” says Veith, “but we are a very respected organization. We do a lot of good to help the elderly and local food banks.” The exception to the flea market rule was allowed because of the club’s not-for-profit status.
In addition, the area available made a big difference. “We have 25 acres of land,” says Veith. “You would not see the market from the street.” The flea market, which first opened in late November last year, will be held weekly on Thursdays, at $15 per space. For more information call (239) 340-6073.