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Cape Coral’s 50th Anniversary

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 ...

From the Breeze archives: Tuesday’s election will climax a 16-month study

(Editor's note: The following story was published in the Aug. 13, 1970, edition of the Cape Coral Breeze.) Cape Coral voters will go to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 18, to decide the fate of a proposition to incorporate Cape Coral as a city. The election, for which more than 6,000 voters are ...

From the Breeze archives: ‘A good, clean place to live’

Cape Coral’s first mayor, Paul Fickinger, took office in 1970, only a year after the first talk of incorporating began. He spoke then as city leaders do today. “Most of us visualize the Cape Coral of the future to be a fairly sizable city,” he said the week he was elected mayor. “I ...

From the Breeze archives: A stable foundation for the city to grow on

“The first City Council and the first city manager laid a stable foundation for this city to grow on,” according to Cape Coral’s first Mayor Paul Fickinger. “To be sure, we had plenty of problems and there were some clashes of personality on the City Council, but all in all, they ...

City Hall dedication invocation

(Published in the Cape Coral Breeze Aug. 22, 1974) (The following is the text of the invocation delivered by the Rev. Robert Stevens, pastor of Cape Coral United Methodist Church upon the opening of the then-new City Hall.) O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth. We ...

From the Breeze archives: A Look Back

Here are some headlines from 1970 as appeared in the Cape Coral Breeze: January Ground broken for 850-seat movie theater Gulf American now GAC Properties Harry James, band perform at Country Club Toll on Cape Bridge reduced from 15 cents to 10 cents February Construction of new ...

From the Breeze archives: Past City Managers

City Managers Cliff Ryan - 1971-1974 Lee Evett - 1975-1976 Robert Proctor - 1977-1984 Ellis Shapiro - 1984-1989 (deceased) William Noonan - 1989-1991 David Sallee - 1992-1997 Steve Daignault - 1997-2001 Howard Kunik - 2001-2002, eight months Assistant/Acting/Interim Terrance Stewart - ...

From the Breeze archives: Breeze editorial, Fear

(Published in the Cape Coral Breeze Aug. 13, 1970) Next Tuesday will be the most important day in Cape Coral’s brief history. On that day, the citizens of this rapidly growing community will decide whether we are to remain as just another development in Lee County, or assume the role of a ...