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Cape Coral’s 50th Anniversary

Editorial: Cape at a crossroads: To be or not to be?

Editor’s note: This editorial was originally published by The Breeze in March of 2019. As Cape Coral marks its 50th anniversary, we are again a city at the crossroads — this time big and booming, but still only half developed in terms of available land and projected population. Just as a ...

50 years later: Today’s Cape Coral City Council

Cape Coral’s first city council came into office in December of 1970 after Cape residents voted in favor of incorporation. The first board was made up of Paul Fickinger, who the board tapped as the then new city's first mayor, as well as council members Cleo Snead, Chandler Burton, Robert ...

Members of past Cape Coral City Councils

Cape Coral’s Mayors Paul Fickinger – 12/70 to 01/73 (first mayor, chosen by Council) 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 11/81 Jim Price – 11/81 to 11/83 Joe ...

Policing the Cape: Original department started with three officers

From humble beginnings, the Cape Coral Police Department  has become ranked as one of the safest cities in Florida year after year. Established in 1971, CCPD began with just three patrol officers, a sergeant and chief when they first set up shop in the former Gulf American Corporation ...

Cape business leaders look back on the early years

While a lot has changed in Cape Coral in 50 years since incorporation, one thing remains the same -- small businesses are the backbone of the economy.  Cape pioneers often had deep roots in established areas but they transplanted them here in what, at the time, was just a ...

Cape Kids — City Leaders: Elmer Tabor — Realtor, Cape pioneer

“I was 8-years-old when I came to Cape Coral in 1960. My family had a grocery business in West Virginia and my grandfather had recently retired and was vacationing in Fort Myers Beach around 1957. “When the Rosen brothers started developing Cape Coral, my grandfather went over to talk to ...

Cape Kids — City Leaders: Gloria Raso Tate — Realtor, Cape pioneer

The Rasos packed up from Pittsburgh in 1960 and arrived to the hurricane forces of Donna, which Gloria Tate’s father Joseph and then-pregnant mother Grace named their fifth daughter after. Raso Realty was established in 1973 by Joseph Raso and since passed on to his family. Joseph was the ...