March 2021 Newsletter Springtime in the Cape!

Now, more than ever, the CCCIA is here to help.

Dear CCCIA Members:

On Wednesday, March 3rd, the Cape Coral City Council approved 11 new positions within the Community Development Department. Some of these are Customer Service focused. Their purpose will be to facilitate accelerated permitting processes to achieve greater efficiencies and time savings! The additional headcount will be funded by building permit fees. We heavily advocated for these additions because the current sluggish permitting process is our member’s number one concern. To assure these positions were approved, our own Executive Director, Bill Johnson Jr. contributed his time and expertise to present this staffing solution and ensure its approval. As the City of Cape Coral grows, as an organization, we will redoubled our commitment to advocacy, enlisting our members and staff to convey the viewpoints of the CCCIA and the priorities of our members and the industry. These new building department resources will help you save time, money, and aggravation. 

On March 11th, our dinner meeting topic is a: Building Supplier Roundtable. We will have representatives from Roofing, Lumber, and other building materials suppliers. The panel will be asked prepared questions, but there will also be a Q&A where attendees can ask anything they like. If you haven’t made your reservations to attend this dinner, please do so today. You can attend the meeting in person, or via Zoom. Building supply costs are skyrocketing. Come ask the experts their opinions of how this market will trend as the year continues.

And finally, do you have concerns or conflicts within our membership or the City? If so, we continue to urge you to bring these concerns to our attention. We are committed to bringing you resources that serve our industry and the community at large. We created a new “Conflict Resolution” section on This can help resolve issues from inside and outside of the CCCIA. Our members allow us the ability to continue to argue and advocate for a better community and quality building climate that will benefit all residences and businesses of Cape Coral. 

Our success depends on the support of our entire membership.  Thank you for being a part of this 50-year-old organization.

As always, if you need me, just let me know.
Best Regards,
Melanie Williamson
Williamson and Sons Marine Construction, Inc.
2021CCCIA President
The March 11th Dinner Meeting Features a Building Supplier Round Table. Sponsored by TriCircle Pavers. Make your reservations TODAY!
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#2, Cape Coral, has a lot to offer those who might want to call it home in the future.
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But we wanted to go a step further than that. We wanted to get ahead of the curve.

We didn’t want to know the 25 best cities to live in right now. We wanted to know the Next 25.

Which cities are right on the cusp of becoming the best places to live? Or, which cities are already great, but continuing to get bigger and better?
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Rising Lumber Prices Concern AGC, Construction Stakeholders
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
The lumber correction might not arrive until the second half of 2021.
WASHINGTON (2/24/2021) — Lumber prices have risen dramatically this year, prompting concerns for the construction industry. Data from Random Lengths indicates softwood lumber prices have risen 112%. The costs for homebuilders and renovation contractors are nearing record highs and have even prompted The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) to pen a letter to President Biden asking for his intervention.

“AGC believes the White House can play a constructive role in mitigating this growing threat to multifamily housing and other construction sectors by urging domestic lumber producers to ramp up production to ease growing shortages and making it a priority to work with Canada on a new softwood lumber agreement.” Stephen Sandherr, Chief Executive Officer for AGC stated in a February 18 letter addressed to the White House.

One factor in the rising cost is former President Trump’s tariffs on Canadian lumber imports from 2017. COVID-19 has played a role in the soaring prices as well as housing starts are up 30% year over year according to the U.S. Census. An increase in home remodeling, likely due to more people spending time at home, has had an impact as well.

Buying a new home? Expect to pay $24,000 more as the worsening lumber shortage pushes wood prices up 180%

It’s often said renovations take twice as long and cost twice as much as you’ve budgeted for. But even that might be optimistic now, given the recent surge in lumber prices.
CCCIA 2021 Spring Classic Golf Tournament
Sunshine, friends, good food and drinks! Networking with other members and winning amazing prizes, all while Supporting the CCCIA.
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CCCIA March Update

Members & Friends,
Can you believe that a year ago we had our last dinner meeting till OCTOBER 2020! It is great to start to feel normal again as we prepare for our March Dinner Meeting on 3/11. Life has really changed for all of us in the last 12 months. I hope we are in the home stretch and things are looking up.

We were proud to be involved in the City Council Approval of 11 new building department positions to help facilitate faster permit processing. As I discussed in the February Newsletter, the building department needed to alleviate delays in key areas where they are seeing backups, and this new/better system will benefit us all. This is what the CCCIA is all about.

Spring for us means The CCCIA Spring Classic Golf Tournament. This year we are playing on May 7th at Coral Oaks Golf Course. This event was cancelled last year due to Covid, so we want to host a record breaking event this year. Think about how great it will be to go out doors, do some professional networking, enjoy great food and beverages, place few wagers and play 18 holes. All to support the CCCIA. Register today. Sponsorship opportunities are available too. I want to see you ALL on the links.

As always, if you know of anyone who could benefit from membership in the CCCIA we gladly welcome the referral. We have been the watchdog for the industry for the last 50 years and have accomplished much for our members in that time. We are stronger in numbers! We could not do what we do without your support. Send your referrals to the all new for online membership applications.

In closing, if you have not already signed up, we have a great dinner meeting lined up for this Thursday, March, 11th at the Palmetto Pine Country Club. We will have a panel of industry experts informing the membership on building supply costs and demand. This should be an interesting topic. Sign up today at

Stay safe and healthy.

Bill Johnson, Jr, IOM
Executive Director / CEO
239-772-0027 - Office
239-980-4612 - Cell

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FREE Flu Shots AND Covid Tests are available right next door to the CCCIA offices. 1020 Cultural Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33990

We have also been told that once Covid vaccines are available to everyone, they will have them at this location as well.

If you or a family member need these services, be sure the let them know that the CCCIA sent you.
Please see below for links for the Significant Changes to the
7th Edition 2020
Florida Building Code .
7th Edition 2020 Florida Building Code
The City of Cape Coral Adopted the new 7th Edition 2020 Florida Building Code on 12/31/20.

Permits applied on before 12/31/20 will fall under the old 6th Edition 2017 Florida Building Code.

The CCCIA along with the Lee BIA put on a code class in December to help our members with the significant changes. Please click the links on the left for more information .
QLESS Permitting Sign In Service
City of Cape Coral Building Department
The City of Cape Coral’s building division is using the QLess sign in and “join the line” for permitting services on line or via cell phone app.

The link below will direct you to the City’s website for more information.

The flyer below can also be disseminated to your employees to make them aware of the new sign in system.
The final link below will give you detailed instructions on how you can use this system that you can print out.

This system will greatly enhance your customer experience and keep you from waiting long periods of time in City Hall.
City of Cape Coral Building Department February 2021
Permit Report
City of Cape Coral Building Department February 2021
Inspection Report
CCCIA New Member & Renewals Spotlight
Welcome Our New February
CCCIA Members

  • Solar Energy Solutions of America, Inc.
  • Alliance Propane, Inc.
  • Temperature Pro Southwest Florida
  • The Collection By Hughes
  • Southwest Heating & Cooling, Inc.
  • Nilles Design Group, Inc.

Members don't do business with non-members. Spread the word about the benefit of being a CCCIA member. Send your referrals to Janis at
CCCIA Member Renewals
February 2020
2-6 Years
  • HC Carpentry, Inc.
  • Wilber Smith Attorney's at Law
  • FREMAR Construction

7-10 Years
  • Dixie Roadhouse
  • Ravenwood Homes
  • Premier Portables
  • Water Medic of Cape Coral

11- 14 Years
  • Lai Construction Management, Inc.
  • Lee Drywall, Inc.

15+ Years
  • Avalon Engineering
  • ACRA Electric
  • Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Honc Destruction
  • Rechtien Trucks
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Looking for help? Looking for work? Members helping members. It's what we do!
We can help you find employees or employment. Please send us a share worthy job description with all details necessary to get the word out. The better the job description or resume, the faster we can get the job done!
Bergau Plumbing
JOB DESCRIPTION This position is responsible for maintaining a high level of professionalism among fellow coworkers, current customers, prospective clients, homeowners, and office staff. The Plumber will respond promptly to scheduled jobs, respond to perform repairs, prepared to resolve customer problems in a courteous, professional, and accurate manner. The Plumber will have top-notch trouble shooting and communication skills. This position requires enthusiasm and a positive attitude as well as the initiate to be proactive.

Tracey Homes, Inc.
is looking for someone to work out in the field doing concrete work (Footers, Fill cells, and Slabs), carpentry (interior framing, Trim, Install soffit and fascia, install door knobs), and punch out work. THIS IS A FULL TIME POSITION! Starting pay is between $10-$15/ hour and will be paid weekly. Please email resume to:

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