Welcome to the February edition of Cape Connect. It’s only the second month of the year and already 2022 is shaping up to be an extremely busy year for Cape Coral. 
Some of our top priorities, which include the expansion of utilities, the addition and renovation of city parks, residential and commercial growth, public safety, and finalizing the strategic plan, have built significant momentum and continue to propel us forward. Our strategic plan includes managing the city’s increase in population and ongoing development while providing exceptional services to our community. 
Like any large city, we have challenges we are working to overcome. As many of you are acutely aware, our community is experiencing horticulture and bulk waste pickup delays throughout our city. I am committed to resolving this issue, and I’m asking for your help. I am asking residents to use our 311 Call Center to report missed waste collection pickups. Reporting your missed pickup helps the city to analyze the magnitude of the problem, as well as to resolve individual concerns by identifying homes where waste collection has been delayed. Council will be discussing possible alternative solutions at our upcoming meetings. In the interim I appreciate your continued patience and support until we get this issue resolved.
Finally, I can’t complete the February edition without mentioning Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a great time to recognize the people who are the most important to us. Please remember your family, friends, neighbors, first responders, city employees, and volunteers who make a positive impact in our lives. Our community is a great place to live because of the people who live and work here. Whether you give them a smile or send a thoughtful thank you message, a little goes a long way.
I am honored to serve as your Mayor and will continue to work diligently to set high expectations for our community while moving our city forward.