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1970 a year to remember for Cape Coral

Flashback 1970: The Baby Boomers all had been born.President Richard Millhouse Nixon was a few years away from stepping down and Spiro Agnew was vice president. Deep Throat, Woodward and Bernstein and the Watergate Scandal that led to Nixon's fall from grace were two years away.A stamp cost 6 ...

Civic Association pushed for incorporation

On March 1, 1962, the Cape Coral Civic Association was formed. On April 2, 1962, when Cape Coral had the remarkable population of 1,605 people, the Cape Coral Civic Association, with 228 members, elected its first board of directors. The Cape Coral Civic Association is the oldest civic ...

Early residents have experienced the good times — and the bad

Cape Coral may have started with only a handful of people, but through the years the community has seen growth and prosperity and a hard economic downturn.The pendulum has swung to the extremes.Lean times in recent years have lead to budget cuts when the construction boom came to a halt. People ...

Many service clubs, organizations founded before city incorporated

Many people and organizations had a hand in forming Cape Coral.In December 1961, Robert H. Finkernagel Jr., came to the Cape. He was the managing director for Gulf American Land Corp. He was the manager of the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce at the time, his daughter, Ann Duffala said. He left ...

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 ...