We have to confess, we’re among those who look forward to Thanksgiving.
It so often combines all the things we like — family, friends and food.
And what food!
Slow-roasted turkey, mashed potatoes both sweet and white, heaping bowls of stuffing and oh, my, pumpkin pie! — Thanksgiving is an American holiday and American fairy tale, all in one.
We gather, we give thanks, and we mark a tradition dating back nearly 400 years, when people of vastly different views and cultures sat together in peace.
If only for a while.
Here in Cape Coral we have much to be thankful for and Thanksgiving is as good a time as any to run down the list.
According to Cape Coral’s Economic Development office, as a city we continue to prosper.
The Cape currently is:
Ranked No. 2 among cities Where More Young Residents Are Buying Homes, according to Smartasset.com.
Ranked No. 2 among the 25 Most Up-and-Coming Cities in America, according to Neighbor.
Ranked one of the best U.S. cities in which to start a business, according to Inc., which listed the Cape among its Surge Cities.
Ranked as one of the Top 10 fastest-growing metros in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.
Ranked one of the safest cities in the state of Florida, according to WalletHub.
Our quality of life — despite the pandemic, despite last year’s slam to our small business owners and our workforce — is good and our future as a city shines bright.
Overall property valuations are up again, this time by nearly 11 percent; there are a dozen and a half major projects in the development queue — including a new $150 million expansion planned by Lee Health and a pair of mixed-use developments in the South Cape — totalling more than $300 million; and the rollout of more of the city’s $60-million-plus Parks Master Plan is under way.
On the water quality front, Gov. Ron DeSantis proposes budget appropriations of more than $960 million for Everglades restoration and the protection of water resources as well as more than $550 million to continue efforts to better ensure that state and local communities are prepared to deal with the impacts of sea level rise, intensified storms, and flooding. If approved by the State Legislature, the appropriations would bring the total four-year investment for Everglades restoration and protection of water resources to more $3 billion — more than double the allocations from the previous four years and half a billion more than Gov. DeSantis promised when elected.
The Army Corps of Engineers’ new management plan for Lake Okeechobee is getting some grudging support on our coast as an improvement, if not the improvement hoped for for better protection of the Caloosahatchee and so the gulf.
Is everything bright and shiny and good?
Of course not.
In our experience, it seldom is.
But as we move next Thursday to the holiday that officially rings in the holiday season, as we sit down to the table, may we spend the traditional moment to give thanks for those things that are good.
Happy Thanksgiving and, however you and yours choose to celebrate, we wish you a great holiday.
— Breeze editorial