The City of Cape Coral will begin restoring the Iwo Jima Memorial at Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve on Tuesday, April 11. The restoration process is anticipated to take a minimum of six weeks.
Work must be completed before the rainy season to ensure the monument cures properly. Passersby may see scaffolding or a boom truck on site blocking the monument, but this is necessary to ensure it is preserved for future generations to enjoy.
The Iwo Jima monument became a permanent fixture at Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve in 1998 and was last rehabilitated in 2011.
The 20-foot statue depicts six Marines raising the American Flag on Mount Suribachi, the highest point on an island south of Tokyo named Iwo Jima. The memorial is easily visible to commuters crossing the Midpoint Memorial Bridge, which connects Cape Coral and Fort Myers.