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City historian recalls the early years, need for incorporation

Paul Sanborn said he moved to Cape Coral on May 1, 1962, because he was offered a job to work for Gulf American Land Corporation as the assistant to the managing director."Our job was to work with the community and as the growth came we needed amenities," he said. "We did things when the ...

Incorporation time line

(Editor's note: The following items were taken directly from the headlines published in The Cape Coral Breeze from 1969-1972)1969July - Population tops 12,000July - Formal incorporation talks beginNovember-Committee recommends incorporationDecember - Population nearly 13,5001970February - Bill ...

Dennis and Ann Duffala watched Cape grow from its infancy

When Dennis and Ann Duffala moved to Cape Coral about 50 years ago with their families, the unincorporated community was a world away from the one the teens had come from."It was kind of a barren wasteland at that point," Dennis laughed.Dennis' family relocated to this then rural area in 1958 ...

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 ...

Cape has always been a special place for Elmer Tabor and his family

One family helped shape Cape Coral into what it is today by contributing one of the first businesses to the city in the early 1960s.Elmer Tabor moved to Cape Coral in 1960 from West Virginia with his family. He said after his grandfather retired to the area in 1957, his family began to spend ...

A look back to 1970

(Editor's note: Cape Coral was incorporated in 1970. Here's a glimpse of the headline news items from that year published in The 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 ...

Residents get history lesson from those who lived it

Cape Coral residents learned about the earliest days of the city during a presentation and luncheon Saturday afternoon at the Lake Kennedy Senior Center.The presentation, which began at 11 a.m., was given by Paul Sanborn and Elmer Tabor. Sanborn, president of the Cape Coral Historical Society ...