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*Cape Coral Elections - 2009 | VIEW ALL

Official: Voter turnout similar to past elections

Early indications from the Lee County Elections Office found that just over 18 percent of all registered voters in Cape Coral and Fort Myers took part in Tuesday's general election.Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon Harrington warned Wednesday that the percentages are not ...

District 6 seat goes to McGrail

Kevin McGrail won the District 6 city council seat Tuesday night in a close race with John F. Cataldi Jr.McGrail earned 8,761 votes or 52 percent for the north Cape Coral district, and Cataldi received 7,986 votes or 48 percent."All I can say for all of those people who voted for me, thanks so ...

McClain wins against Martin

Kenneth "Marty" McClain defeated Jim Martin to win the Cape Coral City Council District 1 seat Tuesday night.McClain garnered 8,637 votes for 52 percent, while Martin pulled 7,823 votes for 48 percent.McClain was already looking ahead to his first council meeting on Monday, when he would be ...

Chulakes-Leetz beats out Bertolini for District 4 seat

Chris N. Chulakes-Leetz won the Cape Coral City Council District 4 seat held by Dolores Bertolini by a 10 percent margin.Chulakes-Leetz received 9,282 votes or 55 percent, and Bertolini, who was elected in 2005, picked up the remaining 7,565 votes or 45 percent in Tuesday's general ...

Hurricane Guide 2019 | VIEW ALL

Hurricane season message from Lee County: Stay aware

As hurricane season is officially underway, Lee County is again spreading the message of preparedness to its residents in the event of a major weather occurrence.Since their original predictions came out in April, top forecasters at Colorado State University have increased their Atlantic ...

Get ready: Hurricane season begins Saturday

The country's top hurricane predictors are forecasting 13 named storms for the forthcoming Atlantic hurricane season -- which begins Saturday -- a slightly below-average season in their estimates.The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project team is citing the below-average season ...

Get ready: Hurricane season begins Saturday

The country's top hurricane predictors are forecasting 13 named storms for the forthcoming Atlantic hurricane season -- which begins Saturday -- a slightly below-average season in their estimates.The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project team is citing the below-average season ...

Election 2017 | VIEW ALL

Cape Coral City Council members-elect outline priorities

In just over a week, the newly-elected Cape Coral City Council members will be sworn in.And they have priorities they want to address, as well as longer-term ideas in mind.For the Cape's next mayor, Joe Coviello, the first step is getting everyone on the same page."My top priority is to garner ...

Williams wins re-election bid

One Cape Coral City Council member retained his seat after Tuesday's municipal election.Incumbent Rick Williams held onto the District 6 seat in the General Election, garnering a total of 10,687 votes or 57.85 percent. His opponent, John Karcher, scored 7,786 votes or 42.15 percent."I'm very ...

Gunter cruises to victory in District 1

John Gunter, who took the top spot in a three-way race in the Oct. 3 Cape Coral City Council Primary repeated the feat Tuesday with a comfortable victory for the District 1 seat, beating Graham Madison Morris.Gunter took 56.65 percent of the vote to Madison Morris' 43.35 percent, resulting in a ...

Nelson wins District 4 seat

Jennifer Nelson repeated her primary victory over incumbent Richard Leon Tuesday night, securing the District 4 seat in the General Election.Nelson took 54.14 percent of the vote to Leon's 45.86 percent for a 1,613 vote margin in a race that saw 19,041 ballots cast.Nelson said she was thrilled ...

Election 2016 | VIEW ALL

Development opinions separate District 5 candidates

Updated:*For some local offices, the campaign stopped after the Aug. 30 primary, but for others, Nov. 8 if the final tally.After Lee County Commission incumbent Frank Mann defeated his Republican adversary in the primary race, he's still facing two candidates on the November ballot.Mann ...

Scott, Didio face off in two-way Sheriff’s race

Incumbent Mike Scott is running for his fourth term as Lee County Sheriff and is being challenged by former deputy James Didio.With no party affiliation, Didio did not participate in the August Primary and waited to face the Republican Primary winner in the November General Election.Scott ...

Supervisor of Elections: Harrington, Doyle in non partisan runoff

Incumbent Sharon Harrington is seeking her third full term as Lee County Supervisor of Elections and is being challenged by Fort Myers businessman Tommy Doyle.Harrington (43 percent of votes) and Doyle (34 percent) were the top two vote-getters in the August Primary, defeating three other ...

Two new ‘at-large’ school board seats on Nov. 8 ballot

Since Lee County voters approved the expansion of the school board from five to seven members in 2014, they will have the opportunity in the November election to elect two of four individuals to fill the two at-large seats - District 6 and District 7 - for the Lee County School District ...

Education | VIEW ALL

Red Sox present scholarships to 16 local students

For the ninth consecutive year, local high school students were bestowed scholarships by a Major League Baseball team that calls Lee County home each spring. Thursday evening before first pitch, 16 students looking to further their educational journey were honored and presented with $5,000 ...

Veterinary Assisting Dog Wash scheduled for Saturday cancelled

The Veterinary Assisting Dog Wash scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16, at Cape Coral Technical College, 360 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral, has been cancelled due to the inclement weather forecast for the weekend. For additional information, call 724-984-8734.

U.S. News names Oasis Middle School one of the best Florida middle schools

Oasis Middle School earned the designation of one of the top middle schools in Florida by U.S. News. Oasis Middle School, part of the Oasis Charter Schools, ranked 189 out of 3,076 middle schools in Florida, landing in the top 10%. Schools were ranked on their performance on state-required ...

Fisher new chair of School Board

Sam Fisher and Jada Langford-Fleming were approved as the new chair and vice chair, respectively, of the School District of Lee County School Board. “I just want to thank this board for being so cooperative – being a newbie and the chair was quite the experience,” said former chair Armor ...

Health | VIEW ALL

Additional services now available at Lee Health Outpatient Center in Cape

As a way to meet the continued needs of a growing Cape Coral, the county's top healthcare provider announced that additional services are now operational at an existing facility. Lee Health's Outpatient Center at Surfside can now offer orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation services, ...

Expanded ICU opens at Cape Coral Hospital

Lee Health's continued progress towards serving a larger number of Cape residents took a leap Monday morning, as the ribbon was cut for an expansion of the ICU unit at Cape Coral Hospital. Dozens of hospital employees, Lee Health executives and leaders, and all that lent a hand in making the ...

SCHEA to host Lee Health blood drive Saturday

SCHEA will be hosting a Lee Health blood drive this Saturday, Dec. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bus will be parked in Club Square, behind the BackStreets Sports Bar on Southeast 47th Terrace. Type O- remains critically low, and supply levels for all other blood types are also below ...

Election 2013 | VIEW ALL

Incumbents out – Sawicki, Burch, Leon, Williams win

Cape Coral voters ousted all three City Council incumbents Tuesday, voting in three political newcomers and a former member of the elected board.With all city precincts reporting, challenger Marni Lin Sawicki edged past incumbent mayor John Sullivan with 50.36 percent of the vote; former mayor ...

City Council candidate question of the week, Week 14: Qualifications

Each week through the general election, The Breeze will ask the candidates for Cape Coral City Council an issue-related question. In the interest of fairness, each candidate is limited to the same amount of space, about 100 words, for their response.MayorMARNI LIN SAWICKIMy extensive business ...

Early voting continues, Election Day Tuesday

Early voting has kicked off, and the reaction as to participation is mixed.Fewer than 2,000 eligible voters had gone to the polls as of Thursday for the Cape Coral mayoral and district elections, with even fewer mail ballots returned, according to statistics provided by the Lee County ...

Election 2012 | VIEW ALL

Candidate withdraws

Gordon R. Ultsch, Ph.D., has withdrawn from the mayoral primary." I have decided to withdraw from the mayor's race in Cape Coral. While I have no doubt that I could do the job well, it is clear to me that campaigning and fund-raising are not a part of my world, but are necessary to be elected ...

Hart, Chandler vie for tax collector

A retired police officer/chief and long-time agency employee and a certified tax auditor are going head-to-head for Lee County Tax Collector on Nov. 6.James Chandler, who is unaffiliated, is challenging Republican Larry Hart, who was appointed in June to replace Catherine Curtis, who died in ...

Three-way race for Mack’s old congressional seat

A former conservative talk show host, a General Motors exec and a software programmer are seeking to fill the Congressional seat left vacant by Connie Mack's Senate run.Trey Radel, who beat a loaded field in the GOP primary in August; Democrat Jim Roach, who hasn't been afraid to listen to ...

Early voting wraps up today; election Tuesday

Today is the last day to cast a ballot via Early Voting.Five polling sites will be open from to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for those who would like to cast a ballot in advance of Tuesday's crowded ballot.Be forewarned, however: Long lines may to be to blame for a possible decline in early voting ...

Election 2011 | VIEW ALL

Question of the week: Working relationship with administration

Each week through the General Election, The Breeze will ask the candidates for Cape Coral City Council an issue-related question. In the interest of fairness, each candidate is limited to the same amount of space, about 100 words, for their response. The sixth question is: What, if anything, ...

Cape Coral City Council endorsements

Early voting for the Nov. 8 Cape Coral General Election begins Monday.Cape Coral voters will decide who will fill four of eight city council seats as well as determine the fate of three proposed amendments to the city charter, Cape Coral's foundation governing document.It's a critical election ...

Fifth Question: Public Services Tax

Each week through the General Election, The Breeze will ask the candidates for Cape Coral City Council an issue-related question. In the interest of fairness, each candidate is limited to the same amount of space, about 100 words, for their response. The fifth question is: What is your position ...

Question Four: Capacity reservation charges

Each week through the General Election, The Breeze will ask the candidates for Cape Coral City Council an issue-related question. In the interest of fairness, each candidate is limited to the same amount of space, about 100 words, for their response. The fourth question is: What is your ...

Anniversaries | VIEW ALL

Cape couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

A couple, who spent a little more than 40 years working side by side, will soon celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. “All of us feel like they are such a wonderful example of what marriage should be. They have a true love story,” Judy Kampf said of her parents. “On Dec. 4, the ...

A stone’s throw

Back when Tommy Dorsey's “There Are Such Things” topped the charts, an Ohio teenager tossed a few small rocks to get the attention of a pretty girl. Unbeknownst to them, they were only a stone’s throw away from finding the love of their life. Now fast forward lifetimes: On Aug. 16, Cape ...

Eslingers celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

Ray and Sue Eslinger celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 14th. They have been blessed with a wonderful life, 2 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Formerly of St. James City, they now reside in Cape Coral with their dog, Annie.

Gattis to celebrate 58th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. James Gatti will celebrate their 58th wedding anniversary with a gathering to be held in Cape Coral. Jim and Petra Gatti were married July 25, 1960, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Connec-ticut. The couple has two daughters, one granddaughter and three adorable great grandchildren.

Latest Developments | VIEW ALL

Officials: H1N1 virus not going away

Health department officials expect the H1N1 virus to continue showing up through 2010.According to the Centers for Disease Control, some 22 million people have already contracted H1N1. Of course, exact numbers are difficult to come by since most people who get sick don't see a doctor and many ...

H1N1 Clinics extended two more weeks

Approximately 30,000 residents have been vaccinated in Lee County against the H1N1 virus and some 6,000 children under the age of 10 need to come back for their second dose of the vaccine.For this reason, the Lee County Health Department will host additional H1N1 vaccination clinics for those ...

County to start offering vaccination for H1N1

After weeks of eagerly awaiting the vaccine for the H1N1 virus, the Lee County Health Department and partnering governmental agencies unrolled their plans to begin doling out the shot starting this morning.Both the health department and local high schools are offering the vaccines until Nov. ...

H1N1 vaccination schedule pushed back — again

Vaccines for the H1N1 virus to be given out at local high schools will be delayed an additional three days, district spokesperson Joe Donzelli said Wednesday.The Lee County School District will host vaccine clinics this month, but a delay will not allow residents to get the shot until ...

City Information | VIEW ALL

Rental property registration requirements for Cape Coral homes

The city of Cape Coral reminds residents that the city has a Residential Rental Property Registration Ordinance in place, which requires that all residential structures with four units or fewer that are leased or rented must be registered. There is a one-time registration fee of $35. ...

Lee County Schools

ELEMENTARY Caloosa Elementary 620 S. Del Prado Blvd, 574-3113 Cape Elementary 4519 Vincennes Blvd., 542-3551 Diplomat Elementary 1115 NE 16th Terrace, 458-0033 Gulf Elementary 3400 SW 17th Place, 549-2726 Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Elementary 250 Santa Barbara Blvd. N., ...

Dircers License information

If you’re from out of state and planning to stay, one of the first things you’ll need to do is change your driver license to a Florida license. Plus, you’ll need to get Florida tags and obtain Florida vehicle insurance. If you own a vehicle, you must register it within 10 working days of ...

History of Cape Coral

In 1957 two brothers, Leonard and Jack Rosen, from Baltimore, Md., spent weeks looking over Southwest Florida for a piece of property to develop. Late that year they purchased a parcel of land from Grandville Keller and Franklin Miles, (owner of the Alka Seltzer Company) for $678,000. The land ...

Community | VIEW ALL

Cape Coral Bike Night returns

Cape Coral Bike Night returned Saturday with entertainment, community vendors, hot food and a line of motorcycles that stretched down Southeast 47th Terrace from Coronado Parkway to Vincennes Boulevard. Free VIP parking passes were granted to riders with Harley-Davidson bikes, which ...

Donalds, Martin, to hold town hall in Fort Myers

Congressman Byron Donalds (R-FL) will hold Town Hall event at 6 p.m. on June 28 at Word of Life Church in Fort Myers. Also taking part will be State Sen. Jonathan Martin (R- District 33.) Donalds is hosting the event to “offer Fort Myers and the entire Southwest Florida community an ...

Premier Mobile Health Services to hold Community Health Fairs in July

Premier Mobile Health Services has scheduled a pair of Community Health Fairs to include free school physicals and backpack giveaways. These events will be held in two locations in July: • Saturday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at Mt. Hermon Ministries, 2856 Douglas Ave., Fort Myers • ...

Military Notes | VIEW ALL

Paychecks for Patriots hiring event set for Dec. 1 in Fort Myers

CareerSource Southwest Florida will participate in the state’s 10th annual Paychecks for Patriots, a special hiring fair dedicated to employing veterans. Most statewide events were held in conjunction with Veterans Day however, due to the impact of Hurricane Ian, the CareerSource Southwest ...

Cape resident stationed at Naval Air Station Sigonella

NAVAL AIR STATION SIGONELLA, Italy -- Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Antonia Cubio, from Cape Coral, at left, with Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment Sigonella, checks the spark plugs of an A/S32A-48 or also known as the Buddha Tow Tractor, on Naval Air Station ...

Southwest Florida native serving on USS Ronald Reagan

SEA OF JAPAN -- Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Bryan, from Port Charlotte, Florida, communicates with pilots from primary flight control aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), in the Sea of Japan, Oct. 8. Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike ...

American Legion Auxiliary donates supplies to CAC

On Aug. 22, the American Legion Auxiliary of Cape Coral Unit 90 had the honor of collecting and presenting school supplies, backpacks and monetary donations for the Children’s Advocacy Center located in Fort Myers. The supplies were valued at over $300, and the monetary donation was ...

International News | VIEW ALL

Despite nuke deal, anti-US chants erupt in Iranian capital

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The main prayer service in the Iranian capital has been interrupted by repeated chants of "Death to America" - despite this week's landmark nuclear deal with world powers that was welcomed by authorities in Tehran.The chanting by several hundred hard-liners came as ...

UN: More than 140,000 Iraqis flee Anbar violence

BAGHDAD (AP) - More than 140,000 Iraqis have fled parts of Anbar province over clashes between security forces and al-Qaida militants, the worst displacement of civilians in years, a United Nations official said Friday.The spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Peter Kessler, ...

German newspaper to publish top Nazi’s letters

BERLIN (AP) - German newspaper Die Welt says it will publish a trove of letters believed to be written by Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler, previously unseen by the public.The publication said Friday it's working with Israeli director Vanessa Lapa, whose family had the documents in its ...

Syrian govt, opposition to meet in ‘same room’

GENEVA (AP) - Delegations from Syria's government and the Western-backed opposition hoping to overthrow it will face each other "in the same room" Saturday for the first time ever, a U.N. mediator said.The mediator, Lakhdar Brahimi, met separately with the two groups for two days, trying to ...

Weddings | VIEW ALL

Coconut Point to host Bridal Walk, Sept. 30

Planning a wedding and don’t know where to start? Look no further than Coconut Point, the host of Estero’s latest grand openings of some exciting bridal vendors! In celebration of the grand openings of Vow’d and Laura Jacobs Bridal, Coconut Point will be hosting a Bridal Walk on Sept. ...

Ellen Elizabeth Neely weds Joshua Thomas Hinkle

Ellen Elizabeth Neely and Joshua Thomas Hinkle were united in marriage on April 30, 2016, at the Historic Springdale House and Gardens in Columbia, S.C. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Ralph Schneck. A reception immediately followed.The bride is the daughter of John and Rebecca Neely of ...

Sberna weds Phillips

Vanessa Sberna of Cape Coral married Jeff Phillips, of Cape Coral June 7, 2014.Vanessa is a graduate of East Stroudsburg High School, Class of 2000. She is self employed, as well as a stay at home mom.Jeff is a graduate of Fort Plain High School, Class of 1997, and Oneonta State University, ...

Mariah Fernández marries Michael Washington 

Mariah I. Fernndez and Michael F. Washington were united in marriage Saturday, June 22, at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Wes Olds. Music for the ceremony was provided by Sounds Unlimited. Ceremony readings were performed by Daniel ...

Property Transfers | VIEW ALL

Property transfers for Cape Coral (8-27)

LCPA Posted on 08/13/2011 to 08/27/2011SALE DATE; NAME; STATE; TYPE; SITE ADDRESS; PRICE; STRAP09/30/2010; R+K PROPERTY ACQUISITIONS LLC; LA; VACANT RESIDENTIAL; 332 EL DORADO BLVD S; $10,500; 17-44-23-C3-03919.055005/30/2011; SHADE DIANE; PA; SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL; 3822 SW 11TH AVE; ...

Property transfers for Cape Coral (9-10)

LCPA Posted on 08/27/2011 to 09/10/2011SALE DATE; NAME; STATE; TYPE; SITE ADDRESS; PRICE; STRAP04/26/2011; OWEN SCOTT + EMILIA; FL; SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL; 2636 SW 32ND ST; $135,000; 32-44-23-C3-05946.054007/06/2011; DR HORTON INC; FL; VACANT RESIDENTIAL; 2423 ASHBURY CIR; $36,000; ...

Cape Coral property transfers (10-8)

LCPA Posted on 09/10/2011 to 10/08/2011SALE DATE; NAME; STATE; TYPE; SITE ADDRESS; PRICE; STRAP11/08/2010; THOMAS PATRICE A; IN; SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL; 923 NW 12TH TER; $93,500; 03-44-23-C2-02862.046002/28/2011; SCHILF LOTHAR J + GLORIA M; OH; SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL; 3339 SE 17TH PL; ...

Property transfers for city of Cape Coral (10-22)

LCPA Posted on 10/08/2011 to 10/22/2011SALE DATE; NAME; STATE; TYPE; SITE ADDRESS; PRICE; STRAP02/28/2011; SLACK REBECCA L + JEFFREY A; FL; SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL; 2304 NW 15TH PL; $82,400; 34-43-23-C1-02970.B01003/11/2011; CLARK TIMOTHY +; FL; VACANT COMMERCIAL; 721 SW 3RD TER; $230,000; ...

Births | VIEW ALL

Cape Coral Hospital named one of the best maternity care hospitals in the U.S.

Cape Coral Hospital made Leapfrog and Money’s list as one of the Best Hospitals for Maternity Care in the country. The Money Group, a digital platform that was originally founded as a print magazine, partnered with Leapfrog to create this list and, using Leapfrog's data, facilities were ...

Cape baby boasts the rarest of birthdays

It was a birth date more than 900 years in the making.On Sunday, a Cape Coral baby was born at Cape Coral Hospital on one of the rarest dates on Earth -- the first global palindrome in 909 years, Feb. 2, or 02/02/2020.It is the only date this century where the same numbers read right-to-left ...

Columbus Day Baby

The Knights of Columbus Council 11177, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, welcomed its Columbus Day baby last week. Mason Risner was born Friday, Oct. 12, at 10:09 a.m. Mason weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19.5 inches in length. Mason's proud parents are Jeremy and Emily Risner of Fort Myers.

Five generations

Infant Sadie Isaac of Burlington, North Carolina, is shown with her family of five generations (clockwise from bottom): Fred Farmer of Cape Coral, her great-great-grandfather; Pat Oliver of Burlington, her great-grandmother; Donna Norris of Burlington, her grandmother; and Amelia Isaac of ...