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Breeze to publish two books commemorating city of Cape Coral’s golden anniversary

By Staff | Jan 17, 2020

In the coming months, the public has an opportunity to help write a page of local history — literally.

The Cape Coral Breeze is putting together an historical hardcover book to celebrate the city’s golden anniversary — and we need your help.

The Breeze is looking for residents who have photos of Cape Coral over the years to be included in this special book dedicated to the city’s 50th anniversary celebration. We’re even letting you name it.

The Cape Coral Breeze has been a part of the city since before its incorporation, providing the local news since 1961.

“The Breeze has been Cape Coral’s community paper since there was a Cape Coral, so we’re proud to be a part of the 50th celebration both as a community newspaper that covers and reports on the activities and as a long-standing business that helps support them,” said Cape Coral Breeze Publisher Ray Eckenrode.

The hardcover book, a 128-page photo history book, will sell for $22 and be available late this summer and available throughout the remainder of the year.

“We’re look for the community’s help with the photo book,” Eckenrode said. “First, we’d like community members try to help us name the book and, second, we’d like them to submit historical photos for consideration to use in the book. The kind of photos we’re seeking are slice-of-life and would illustrate the ‘feel’ of the community in certain eras. We really hope this feels like Cape Coral’s book and not the Breeze’s book, so we’re looking for as much input as possible. A good community newspaper should reflect the character of its community and this book should feel the same way.”

The Breeze is also presenting the community with a second keepsake in the form of a free commemorative magazine filled with stories and features from our archives on the city’s colorful history which will be printed and distributed during festivities in August.

The Cape Coral Breeze is a gold sponsor for the Jubilee Weekend events, which include the Jubilee Celebration at the Yacht Club on Jan. 24 and Jammin’ In Cultural Park Jan. 25.

Electronic copies of historical photos that have been scanned may be emailed to Cape Coral Breeze photographer, Michael Pistella, at mpistella@breezenewspapers.com. Please include caption information for each photo submitted for consideration: Identify the people in the picture, if applicable, as well as provide the date, location and any other details. Please also include the name of the person who took the photo and the name and contact information of the person submitting the pictures in case we need to reach you. If you don’t have an ability to scan the original photo (photos of photos can be problematic), or if you prefer, submissions may also be brought to the Breeze office at 2510 Del Prado Blvd. We will scan the photo and return the originals to you.

While photos throughout the community’s history are welcome, photos that depict the city’s milestones from incorporation through today are particularly sought for possible inclusion.

Naming suggestions can be sent to Cape Coral Breeze Executive Editor Valarie Harring at news@breezenewspapers.com.

The deadline to submit photos is June 1.

Naming suggestions should be submitted by Feb. 17. The person who submits the title chosen will receive a $50 gift card to Merrick Seafood and will receive credit in the book.

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(Editor’s note: We invite you to check out all of the Jubilee Kickoff stories grouped together in a special 50th anniversary section under News. Stories on upcoming events, and history highlights, will be posted throughout the year.)