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Cape Coral’s 50th Anniversary | VIEW ALL

Cape Coral Veterans Memorial Monument rededicated

People driving along the Cape Coral Bridge at night may notice something different. The Cape Coral Veterans Memorial Monument will be lit for the first time in about six months. The 55-foot structure sits in the median on Cape Coral Parkway near the intersection of Cape Coral Parkway and Del ...

Did You Know? I

From the early years of Cape Coral mostly garnered from the headlines of the Cape Coral Breeze: * In June 1965, the Iwo Jima statue was dedicated at the Rose Gardens * The first mass was held at the Catholic Church in August 1965. * Celebrities Bob Hope and reigning Miss USA-World Dianna ...

Did You Know? II

From the early years of Cape Coral mostly garnered from the headlines of the Cape Coral Breeze: * Advertisements for available land for sale in Cape Coral were published across the U.S. starting in January 1958. * In April 1958, the Kenny Swartz family became the first “official” ...

LCEC made development of Cape Coral possible

One of North Fort Myers’ best-known businesses grew up in Cape Coral — literally. In 1937, orange grove owner George Judd ran a small power plant for his farm in North Fort Myers. He started an investor-owned utility with 50 shares of stock valued at $100 each. In 1940, Judd sold the ...

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 ...