CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Cape Coral is looking to attract businesses, and add more jobs especially in the area around Pine Island Road as development grows and business booms. 

“The economic development of Cape Coral continues to turn. There’s quite a bit of development underway and in the works. I think what we’re doing here Cape Coral is reaching a much higher level of diversifying our economic sectors,” said economic development manager, Ricardo Noguera. 

Several areas along Pine Island Road have signs placed in front of a grassy lot, that read “Coming Soon.” The latest development coming to the corner of Santa Barbara Blvd and Pine Island Road is Mellow Mushroom. 

“In the past, we’ve been residential, and retail now we’re adding more offices and industrial. There will be more job opportunities for them here, so they don’t have to cross those bridges to go to Fort Myers or Naples,” said Noguera. “There’s small businesses as well as businesses who are expanding from Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres, that are gravitating to the Cape because we have the largest workforce and we also have the largest consumer market for those businesses that are in the construction industry or businesses that are in professional medical fields.”