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Cape Coral’s 50th Anniversary | VIEW ALL

Celebrating history: Jubilee marks city’s golden anniversary

A jubilation celebration five decades in the making took place at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Friday night, as city leaders of the past and present, along with residents, paid tribute to 50 years since incorporation of the Waterfront Wonderland that is the Cape.It was a night of remembrance for ...

Saturday concert honors the Cape’s 50th

A beautiful Southwest Florida day, great music, great food and history were enjoyed Saturday afternoon at the Cape Coral Historical Museum & Society, as droves of residents came out to attend Jammin' In Cultural Park, a free event that featured talented local artists.Attendees were in ...

Editorial: Anniversary countdown commences

Although Cape Coral's start as a community dates back to the late '50s, 2020 marks a very important milestone for the Cape.The city -- now the largest between Tampa and Miami -- will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its incorporation.Cape Coral has come a long way since a pair of brothers from ...

Jubilee Celebration to open city’s 50th anniversary calendar

The city of Cape Coral is celebrating its golden anniversary in 2020 beginning with two events to "kick-off" a year that's poised to commemorate the last 50 years of the city and look ahead to what the future brings. The two-event opener, put on by the Cape Coral Historical Society and Museum, ...

Cape Coral's 45th Anniversary | VIEW ALL

45 years and counting

In August 1970, nearly 4,000 Cape Coral voters went to the polls with one key issue on their mind - to approve incorporation, or not. While the vote was close, Cape Coral was to become a city. The final tally was 2,067 to 1,798.Way back then, as compared today, there were few residences, few ...

Incorporation: from dream to reality

With a growing population approaching 15,000 and general concerns that the Lee County government was not meeting the city's needs and services, Cape Coral residents decided in the late 1960s that it was time for the city to become incorporated."Cape Coral was the dream of the Rosen Brothers, ...

Incorporation time line

(Editor's note: The following items were taken directly from the headlines published in The Cape Coral Breeze from 1969-1974)1969 July - Population tops 12,000 July - Formal incorporation talks begin November - Committee recommends incorporation December - Population nearly 13,5001970 February ...

Cape Coral’s mayors and council members through the years

(Editor's note: The following information was provided by the Cape Coral City Clerk's office.)Cape Coral's Mayors Paul Fickinger - 12/70 to 01/73 Chandler Burton - 01/73 to 05/74 Herman Horton - 05/74 to 11/75 Don Graf - 11/75 to 11/77 Lyman Moore - 11/77 to 10/80 Bernie Langguth - 11/80 to ...

Cape Coral's 40th Anniversary | VIEW ALL

1970 a year to remember for Cape Coral

Flashback 1970: The Baby Boomers all had been born.President Richard Millhouse Nixon was a few years away from stepping down and Spiro Agnew was vice president. Deep Throat, Woodward and Bernstein and the Watergate Scandal that led to Nixon's fall from grace were two years away.A stamp cost 6 ...

Civic Association pushed for incorporation

On March 1, 1962, the Cape Coral Civic Association was formed. On April 2, 1962, when Cape Coral had the remarkable population of 1,605 people, the Cape Coral Civic Association, with 228 members, elected its first board of directors. The Cape Coral Civic Association is the oldest civic ...

Early residents have experienced the good times — and the bad

Cape Coral may have started with only a handful of people, but through the years the community has seen growth and prosperity and a hard economic downturn.The pendulum has swung to the extremes.Lean times in recent years have lead to budget cuts when the construction boom came to a halt. People ...

Many service clubs, organizations founded before city incorporated

Many people and organizations had a hand in forming Cape Coral.In December 1961, Robert H. Finkernagel Jr., came to the Cape. He was the managing director for Gulf American Land Corp. He was the manager of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce at the time, his daughter, Ann Duffala said. He left ...