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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 ...

Coviello, Gunter, Nelson, Stokes, Williams win

Election results are in. The winners in the Cape Coral City Council General Election are:- Joe Coviello, mayor, with 50.6 percent of the vote;- City Council, District 1, John Gunter, 56.65 percent of the vote- City Council, District 4, Jennifer Nelson, 54.14 percent of the vote- City Council, ...

Coviello wins Cape mayor’s race

The Cape Coral mayor's race was the most closely contested Tuesday night.Joe Coviello came in as the top vote-getter in the municipal General Election - and the city's next mayor - with 10,245 votes or 50.60 percent. His opponent, Michael D. Hollow, garnered 10,003 votes or 49.40 percent, ...

Stokes takes District 5 seat

Dave Stokes culled an easy victory over James Schneider, winning the District 5 Cape Coral City Council seat with 67 percent of the vote Tuesday night.With all precincts reporting, Stokes received 12,369 votes to Schneider's 5,925.Both candidates were at their homes awaiting the results of the ...

Anniversaries | VIEW ALL

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.

Medars celebrate 60th anniversary

Marlene Kaputa and Andrew Medar Jr. were married on June 15, 1957. Marlene and Andy celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at a reception held at the Palmetto Pine Country Club on June 17, 2017, with 114 family members and friends. The members of the bridal party in attendance were Andrea ...

Smiths celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Patricia A. and Tom C. Smith celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday, July 11. They have two children, son, Brian Smith and his wife, Nancy, and their son, Joe, 16; and daughter, Cathleen Bentley and her husband, Tim, and their sons, Bryce, 9, and Brock, 2 1/2 months. Patricia and Tom ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Community | VIEW ALL

Handshake in 1957 helps bring power to Cape Coral

In 1957, a handshake symbolized a promise between LCEC manager Homer T. Welch Jr. and Gulf Guaranty Land and Title Company President Leonard Rosen to bring electricity to Cape Coral. Welch agreed to return Rosen's deposit for the cost to run electricity to the area after homes were built.In ...

Community takes control of its own destiny

As Cape Coral made the transition from a Rosen brothers vision to a full fledged city, the earliest of the municipal pioneers were faced with the challenge of delivering upon the services that a city - newly formed or otherwise - are required to offer.Many Cape residents in the late 1960s felt ...

Long-time resident has enjoyed watching Cape develop

Clint Kelly, who turned 95 years old Wednesday, July 28, moved to Cape Coral in 1970, after staying in Miami for basic training for the U.S. military for nine months, along with visiting Lee County with his wife Evelyn, known as "Susie," for many years.Drafted at the age 28, Kelly stay in Miami ...

Community theater, Yacht Club key elements

Recreational facilities throughout Cape Coral have a rich history of their own.Even though the city wasn't incorporated until 1970, many of the facilities used today already existed and were just as popular as they are today. The Cultural Park Theatre, the longest running community theater in ...

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 ...

Births | VIEW ALL

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 ...

Valentines’ Valentine

A Cape Coral couple's Valentine's Day hat trick surely topped any exchange of candy, flowers or jewelry Tuesday.The couple, Carmela and Bryce Valentine, welcomed their first child at Cape Coral Hospital.Little Amelia Ryan Valentine made her arrival at 2:12 p.m., all pink-cheeked and weighing in ...

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 ...

City Information | VIEW ALL

Welcome to Cape Coral

Welcome to Cape Coral, one of the fastest growing cities in the country. With a population nearing 160,000, Cape Coral is the largest city in Southwest Florida between Tampa and Miami. But new residents will quickly discover, there’s still a definite “hometown” feel about the city and ...

Cape Coral City Government

The city of Cape Coral operates under the city manager-council form of government. City council members are elected at large from seven districts. The mayor also is elected at large and is the eighth member of council. The mayor presides over council meetings. The city council enacts ...

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 ...

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 ...

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; ...

Health | VIEW ALL

Health News 10-16-20

Legion Post 90 blood drive Saturday American Legion Post #90 in Cape Coral will hold a blood drive this Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 5 p.m., at the post at 1401 S.E. 47th St., Cape Coral. The donations are by appointment only -- call 239-343-2333. The goal for the drive is 26+ units ...

Health News 10-9-20

Hope Hospice promotes connection with VR technology With the introduction of a new virtual reality activity, Hope Hospice is helping to alleviate feelings of isolation for those in their care and encourage a sense of connection with others through a shared experience. Hope’s counselors ...

Health News 10-2-20

Chronic disease self-management program to begin Oct. 20 Lee Health’s Lee Health Solutions, in partnership with many local community agencies and supported in part initially by a grant from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, is offering “It’s All About You” -- a research based ...

Registration open for Inspiring Health Virtual 5K

Lee Health’s Inspiring Health 5K is going virtual. Registration is now open for the fifth annual event set to take place Nov. 4-10. This year, the race will raise funds for COVID-19 relief while maintaining its commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle. Inclusive to all activity levels ...

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 ...

Weddings | VIEW ALL

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 ...

Meyer weds Lagana

Rachel Meyer and Giovanni Lagana were married on April 13, 2013, at Gateway Country Club in Fort Myers, officiated by Hilda Ratay. Rachel is the daughter of Gary and Pipper Meyer of Cape Coral and graduated from Mariner High School and Edison State College. Giovanni is the son of Luciano and ...

Education | VIEW ALL

Education Notes 10-16-20

Hamberg trustee at Hodges University Hodges University has announced that Dianne Hamberg has been named a trustee. Hamberg's career in banking spans over 25 years. She has been the vice president and branch leader for BB&T, now Truist, for over 10 years. She oversees the client ...

Education Notes 10-2-20

Kindergarten re-registration under way for Lee County School District The School District of Lee County has opened pre-registration for students who will start kindergarten in August 2021 until November 20th.  Pre-registration allows parents to avoid the lengthy wait times often experienced ...

Local tech school changes name, offers new programs

For more than a decade, Southwestern Vocational Training in North Fort Myers has offered training and opportunities for those wanting steady, well-paying jobs in the medical field. On Friday, graduates and community members gathered at their campus to celebrate a new beginning for the school, ...

*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 ...

Voters force out incumbents

John Sullivan easily defeated incumbent Jim Burch in the general election Tuesday to become the next mayor of Cape Coral.Sullivan garnered 63 percent of the votes, with 10,898 ballots cast in his favor. Burch received 6,373, totaling just under 37 percent.Sullivan's victory caps a fiery ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Election 2016 | VIEW ALL

Early voting begins Monday

Voters looking to beat the Election Day lines can cast their ballot early starting Monday.Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election will kick off next week and span two weeks through Saturday, Nov. 5. Ten polling sites in Lee County will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m."It runs two weeks ...

Conservation 20/20: Lee County referendum among ballot decisions

Up off Del Prado Boulevard, roughly across from Coral Lakes, lies a trail through some of Cape Coral's all-but-gone pine flatlands habitat.The 2.5-mile marked pathway winds through a portion of a 340-acre site that Lee County says is home to a number of native species from the common - ...

District 19 Congressional district to get new rep

With Congressman Curt Clawson deciding not to run for another term, four candidates have lined up for the Nov. 8 ballot to see who will fill his seat in District 19.Francis Rooney, who won the Republican primary on Aug. 30, will face off with Democrat Robert Neeld as well as two write-in ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Military Notes | VIEW ALL

Lt. j.g. Webb-Martin serving aboard USS Halsey

EAST CHINA SEA -- Lt. j.g. Brittany Webb-Martin, from Cape Coral, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), serves as officer of the deck (OOD). The U.S. Navy celebrates 245 years of unmatched combat power, presence, reach, flexibility, endurance and ...

Meet the mess hall crew at the SWFL Military Museum

Bob Smith didn’t choose the nickname “Buffalo” Bob after the Howdy Doody character. “I was a school bus driver in Buffalo, New York, for 12 years. There were five of us named Bob Smith. I took the name of the city.” A high energy person, Bob served as a cook on a U.S. Navy ...

Local combat wounded veterans recognized at Cultural Park Theater

On Saturday, Aug. 29, the Cultural Park Theater honored and recognized local combat wounded veterans from The Military Order of the Purple Heart during the theater's show. The program, sponsored by Carol Rae Cullinton of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, provided a venue for honoring combat ...