February 2023
A Message from
Mayor John Gunter

It’s hard to believe we’re already a month into 2023; time is flying fast. We anticipate that 2023 will be an extremely busy and productive year.

Some of our top priorities will continue to be the recovery efforts as a result of Hurricane Ian. We have made great strides in our cleanup efforts, but we still have more to accomplish. We also need to continue improving our city's day-to-day operations while planning for our city's future.

While moving our city forward, our priorities will continue to be public safety, utility expansion, commercial growth, and progress on our strategic plan. Our strategic plan includes managing the city’s increase in population and ongoing development while providing exceptional services to our community. Read more from the Mayor-->

Sincerely,
John Gunter
Mayor
Hurricane Recovery Update

The City continues to make positive strides in recovering from the effects of Hurricane Ian. Here's a quick look at the latest progress:

Traffic Signal & Stop Sign Repairs Continue

  • The traffic signals at Cape Coral's 81 signaled intersections are managed and maintained by Lee County through an interlocal agreement. The county has made repairs at nearly every signaled intersection since the hurricane and will continue making repairs, including timing adjustments.

  • During Hurricane Ian, 80% of the 57,000 signs in Cape Coral were damaged, with 8,000 of those signs being stop signs. The City has utilized crews from public works, contracted crews, and mutual aid crews from Broward County & Pompano Beach to help repair the damage.

  • Nearly 5,000 stop signs have been repaired to date, including all the stop signs at high-traffic locations. City crews and mutual aid crews continue to go sign-by-sign to complete the remaining 3,000 stop signs, which are on local roads only.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Remains Open at Lake Kennedy Center

  • A temporary FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) remains open daily from 8:00 am-7:00 pm at Lake Kennedy Center (400 Santa Barbara Blvd) to help residents with their initial registration and provide individual assistance for based on residents' unique needs.

  • Lake Kennedy Center recreational programs are taking place at alternate locations while the building is being utilized by FEMA.

Hurricane Debris Contractor Completes Final Pass & Waste Pro Resumes Normal Operations

  • The City's contracted hurricane debris hauler has completed its final pass, and Waste Pro is now collecting regular household garbage, recycling, bulk trash, and horticulture waste. See the article below for bulk waste collection requirements.

Waste Pro Bin Replacement & Interim Waste Collection Instructions

  • If your Waste Pro trash or recycling bin was damaged or displaced as a result of Hurricane Ian, kindly call the Citizens Action Center at 3-1-1 via your cell phone, or 239-574-0425 to order a replacement bin.

  • Please note that it could take several months to receive your new bin, so please be patient. In the meantime:

  • Trash may be placed in plastic bags by the curb no earlier than 5 p.m. the day prior to your regular trash collection day. Each bag cannot weigh more than 50 pounds and should be stacked neatly.

  • Recycling may be placed in an empty cardboard box with the words “RECYCLE” written large and clear enough for the driver to see set next to the can. Each box should be placed neatly at the curb and cannot weigh more than fifty (50) pounds.
Bulk Waste Collection Requirements

Before putting bulk waste out for disposal, it is important to properly prepare it for curbside pickup to ensure it gets collected and to stay compliant with city regulations.

  • Bulk items should not be stacked.

  • Cardboard should be broken down and placed in recycle bin.

  • All items need to be placed within 3 feet of the road.

  • Any item that can fit in a trash bin should be placed in the bin.

  • Water softeners need to be completely empty to be picked up. If they are being used as receptacles for trash, debris, or filled with water, WP will not be able to pick them up as it is too heavy for the workman.

  • "Move-Outs" are not part of the normal bulk pick-up process and must be scheduled for removal. Please note: A fee may be imposed.

In addition to curbside pickup, the City offers a complementary Bulk Waste Drop-off Site located at 1200 Kismet Pkwy. for Cape Coral residents.

The City also partners with the Lee County Solid Waste Division to host quarterly events for residents to dispose of bulk and household chemical waste (HCW) safely and responsibly. The next Bulk Waste event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4, 7-11 am, in the City Hall parking lot, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd. Click here for event details.
Council Approves Lake Kennedy Racquet Club Bid for Phases 1 & 2

The Cape Coral City Council recently approved the recommended bid package and corresponding contract for Charles Perry Partners, Inc. to construct Phases 1 and 2 of the Lake Kennedy Racquet Club Parks GO Bond Project.

By accepting the bid additive to construct both phases 1 and 2 now instead of waiting, this upgraded park will include 32 pickleball courts and 12 tennis courts. View the bid summary for more details and some benefits of constructing both phases of this project at the same time. Construction is expected to begin in March 2023.


Other GO Bond-funded parks are nearing completion, with a ribbon-cutting for Del Prado Linear Park on Friday, March 3. See the GO Bond website for more project updates.
Capital Improvement Project Updates Presented to Council

Although Hurricane Ian caused delays to several of the City's Captial Improvement and maintenance projects, staff presented updates on a broad range of items at the City Council's Committee of the Whole meeting January 18.

Click below to see the Capital Improvement Project presentations:






In addition to Capital Improvement updates, the Office of Economic and Business Development presented its first-quarter economic activity report.
City Implements "Push-Button" Immediate Permitting

The City is pleased to initiate a new "push-button" permitting process to make it easier for customers to obtain several common permits immediately through the City’s Self-Service portal at www.CapeCoral.gov/energov.
 
“Push-Button” permits now include:  
·   Air Conditioning (Residential)
·   Emergency Electrical Repair/Replace (Residential and Commercial)
·   Fence Repair/Replace (Residential)
·   Garage Door Replacement (Residential)
·   Roof Metal or Shingle (Residential)
·   Roof Tile (Residential)
·   Dock Electric (Residential)
·   Plumbing Re-pipe (Residential and Commercial)
·   Shutters/Awning (Residential)
·   Shutters/Awning with Electric (Residential)
 
Apply for and receive your permit(s) immediately by visiting www.CapeCoral.gov/energov. If you need help submitting an application through EnerGov, visit the EnerGov Citizens Self-Service kiosk at the south end of the Permitting Counter. 

Current Permitting Counter Hours
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.*
Closed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
 *Last Sign-in at 3:00 p.m.

To join the Permitting Counter’s virtual line, visit www.capecoral.gov/qless.

Please note: As of January 17, 2023, the Permitting Counter at City Hall only accepts and verifies permit application documents and no longer issues immediate permits at the Permitting Counter.
North 1 UEP Assessment Resolution Coming Soon

The North 1 UEP is in the northeast quadrant of the City and will complete the extension of water, sewer and irrigation services to the three areas (Southwest 6/7, North 2, and North 1) that were approved by City Council in 2012.

All bids for the North 1 West UEP have been received. Staff will bring forward the Initial Assessment Resolutions Feb. 1, 2023, at the Regular Council Meeting starting at 4:30 pm.

  • If approved by City Council, the City will mail out the individual parcel assessment notices (expected the first two weeks in February) and also the Homeowner Informational Packet (expected the last two weeks in February) for the March 8, 2023, Homeowner Informational Meeting at City Hall Council Chambers from 5:00-8:00 pm.

The Final Assessment Resolution will take place March 22, 2023. It is anticipated that the construction Notice To Proceed of this phase will be issued in April 2023, with an approximate 2-year construction duration and anticipated completion by early 2025. See North 1 West UEP Update from 1/18/22.

CCFD Offers Free CPR Classes in English & Spanish

February is Heart Month, and the Cape Coral Fire Department wants the community to learn the skill of CPR. Our hands can do so many things, the most important of which may be saving someone’s life. The power is in YOUR hands. Classes are free to the community and available monthly. For more information and to register, visit capecoralfire.com/cpr.
 
Febrero es el mes del corazón, y el Departamento de Bomberos de Cape Coral quiere que la comunidad aprenda la técnica de RCP. Nuestras manos pueden hacer muchas cosas, la más importante de las cuales puede ser salvar la vida de alguien. El poder está en tus manos. Las clases son gratis para la comunidad y están disponibles mensualmente. Para obtener más información y registrarse, visite capecoralfire.com/cpr.
Cape Coral Police Department News

The men and women of the Cape Coral Police Department work hard every day to help keep our City safe. Click on the newsroom link to see recent law enforcement news, and follow them on Facebook for regular updates.
Call to Artists is Open for CRA Concrete Enclosure Public Art Project

The City of Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invites Lee County-based artists to participate in the Concrete Enclosure Public Art project by submitting artistic designs to enhance the concrete enclosures, which are located in Big John Plaza parking lot on SE 47th Terrace in the South Cape Entertainment District. 

The goal of this project is to enhance the visual landscape by displaying artwork from local artists on necessary dumpster concrete enclosures in South Cape.

The ideal artwork will be mixed media with a “funky” and eclectic use of mixed media materials and colors to create visual interest in the dull concrete enclosures. Artwork must be original, and artists must be able to install the selected artwork. 

The submission deadline is midnight on April 2, 2023. Click below for details.
78th Anniversary Iwo Jima Flag Raising Ceremony is Sunday, February 19

The Marine Corps League is proud to announce a Commemorative Ceremony to Honor the 78th Anniversary of the Flag Raising on Iwo Jima.

Sponsored by the PFC Paul E. Ison Detachment (#60) Marine Corps League, the ceremony will be held Sunday, Feb. 19 at 11:30 am at the Veterans Memorial Area of the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve located at 2500 SE 24th St., Cape Coral, FL 33990. This event is open to the public, and all veteran organizations are welcome.

If you know a WWII Veteran who can attend, please contact Marines@pfcison.com.

On this 78th Anniversary, don’t miss this opportunity to pay tribute to all those who have served in defense of our country. 
City Prepares to Launch "Cape Coral Quest" Scavenger Hunt

Cape Coral has teamed up with the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau to create a mobile scavenger hunt that will kick off in mid-February.

Whether you live in Cape Coral or are just visiting, the Cape Coral Quest Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to explore the city, learn about some of the services our community has to offer, and win awesome prizes!

It is free to participate, and once you sign up for the app and receive the text to your smart phone, it is easy to add the app to your homepage.

Whether you participate by yourself, with a friend, or with your family, enjoy exploring and learning about Cape Coral as you visit local businesses, parks, and fun landmarks that are all specific to our growing city! Earn points as you go, and redeem them for Cape Coral or Lee County swag of your choice!
Get to Know Your City -
Providing Public Input
City Council meeting agendas are posted on the "Agendas & Videos" page of the City website at least two days before each meeting date so the public can see what will be discussed. At the beginning of each regular council meeting, there is time for the public to provide input.

Did you know the public can submit input about Council meeting agenda items electronically in advance, even if they cannot attend in person?

For City Council meeting items, E-comments must be received by noon on the day of the meeting. Any comments received after noon on the day of the meeting will be distributed to Council at their next scheduled meeting.  

If you want to submit an E-comment on an agenda item, click on the link below. Messages approved by the Clerk’s Office will be forwarded to the Council members and placed in the public record of the meeting.
February Happenings Around Cape Coral
*Pre-registration required


Thursday, February 2

Friday, February 3

Saturday, February 4

Wednesday, February 8
  • Free Living with Wildlife Talk at Rotary Park, 1:00 pm*

Saturday, February 11

Friday, February 17

Sunday, February 19
  • 75th Anniversary Iwo Jima Flag Raising at Eco Preserve, 11:30 am

Monday, February 20
  • City Hall Closed for President's Day Holiday

Saturday, February 25

Coming in March:
Friday, March 3

Friday, March 10
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