Lee Commissioners allocate $7.5 million to affordable housing developments

Lee Commissioners allocate $7.5 million to affordable housing developments

The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to allocate $7.5 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act Recovery & Resilience program to two affordable housing developments.

The allocations include:

  • $5 million to the Southwest Florida Affordable Housing Choice Foundation, Inc. for preservation and reconstruction of 375 units in the Southward Village, a public housing complex off Edison Avenue. The complex now has 195 units of public housing. Those units will be reconstructed and 185 units will be added in the same complex. Units will be rented to households with income at or below 140% of the area median income.  
  • $2.5 million to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry County, Inc. for infrastructure development in a planned subdivision of 36 single-family homes. Units will be sold to households with income at or below 80% of the area median income.  

Both will receive funding through Dec. 31, 2024. Both projects will leverage additional grant funding and donations for project completion.

The organizations are required to report quarterly to Lee County on project progress and performance. Lee County will review and submit the required quarterly and annual reports to the U.S. Treasury with information related to each of these projects.

Through the American Rescue Plan Act , Lee County was provided $149 million in funding to support the local response and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency. The funds are designed to assist governments in responding to the pandemic, addressing its economic impact, and establishing a foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. 

Funds are being allocated for infrastructure, public health, negative economic impacts, revenue replacement and more. Additional details about allocations are available at www.leegov.com/arpa.

Suspect Arrested for Spray-Painting Four Freedoms Park

Suspect Arrested for Spray-Painting Four Freedoms Park

Photo Taken From Four Freedoms Park.
Four Freedoms Park 6/18/22

On June 18th, 2022, officers from the Cape Coral Police Department responded to a call for service in reference to criminal mischief in progress at 4818 Tarpon Court (Four Freedoms Park.)

It was alleged that a male who was wearing a blue shirt with cut off sleeves, a red backpack, shorts, and a hat was seen spray-painting a trashcan, gazebo, tables, and the floor. The male was also seen tossing the spray paint can into the nearby water.

Officers arrived on the scene and located Thatcher Allen Greenwood (W/M 11-11-1996, 710 SE 46th Terrace #1) seated near one of the freshly graffitied gazebos. An officer observed blue graffiti spray paint all over the gazebo area and its surroundings.

Mr. Thatcher also had wet blue spray paint all over his hands and forearms in the same color as the graffiti.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Thatcher confessed to the fresh graffiti at this city-owned park.

Mr. Thatcher was subsequently transported to Lee County Jail.

Mr. Thatcher was charged with the following: Criminal Mischief over $1,000 F.S.S. 806.13(1)(b)(3).

New Citywide Lawn Watering Schedule

New Citywide Lawn Watering Schedule

City Council approves a year-round two-day irrigation watering schedule effective immediately and applies to all Cape Coral residents.  The new citywide irrigation watering schedule applies to all Cape Coral properties whether on private well or city water.  

Residents will still have the same number of hours for irrigation; however, the new schedule will add more time slots reducing demand by 40 percent.  The new schedule will allow the City to better manage watering demand, pressure and flow, and it will improve water pressure for reclaimed water fire hydrants.

Watering days and times depend on the last number of the home address.  

Schedule below for new days and times:

  • For addresses ending in 0:               Monday and Thursday, 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • For addresses ending in 1:               Monday and Thursday, midnight to 4 a.m.
  • For addresses ending in 2:               Monday and Thursday, 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • For addresses ending in 3:               Tuesday and Friday, 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • For addresses ending in 4:               Tuesday and Friday, midnight to 4 a.m.
  • For addresses ending in 5:               Tuesday and Friday, 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • For addresses ending in 6:               Wednesday and Saturday, 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
  • For addresses ending in 7:               Wednesday and Saturday, midnight to 4 a.m.
  • For addresses ending in 8:               Wednesday and Sunday, 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • For addresses ending in 9:               Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.

Additional watering changes:

  • Watering new lawns and landscaping is allowed during a 30-day establishment period and will be allowed on any day except Friday from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Irrigation of new landscaping that has been in place for 31 to 90 days shall be allowed on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
  • Businesses, properties, or developments up to and including five acres in size with irrigation systems that must irrigate multiple properties with different watering times may water on Thursday and Sunday from midnight to 4:00 a.m
  • Businesses with watering times between 8 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. may water between midnight and 4:00 a.m. so as not to interfere with normal business operations.
Lee Commissioners approve agreements for ARPA extended learning and after-school programs

Lee Commissioners approve agreements for ARPA extended learning and after-school programs

The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted last week to approve agreements with local organizations associated with the federal American Rescue Plan Act Recovery & Resilience program for extended learning and after-school programs that address educational disparities.

The agreements are for funding of $1.6 million through Dec. 31, 2024:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – $227,413
  • Boys and Girls Club – $260,000
  • The Heights Center – $407,891
  • New Horizons – $213,786
  • YMCA – $490,910 

The organizations are required to report quarterly to Lee County on project progress and performance. Lee County will review and submit the required quarterly and annual reports to the U.S. Treasury with information related to each of these projects.

Through the American Rescue Plan Act, Lee County was provided $149 million in funding to support the local response and recovery from the COVID-19 public health emergency. The funds are designed to assist governments in responding to the pandemic, addressing its economic impact, and establishing a foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. 

Funds are being allocated for infrastructure, public health, negative economic impacts, revenue replacement and more. Additional details about allocations are available at www.leegov.com/arpa.

Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest

Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest

On June 11, 2022, an officer from the Cape Coral Police Department initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for several traffic infractions at 2200-Block of Del Prado Blvd South. 

Contact was made with Vanessa Rovira (W/F 07-28-1985, 3708 SE 9th Place) who was the driver and sole occupant of this vehicle. While Ms. Rovira was retrieving her license, registration, and proof of insurance the officer was able to see in plain view a smokey glass cylindrical pipe with a white powdery substance sitting in the center console. Next to the glass pipe was a white powdery substance in a small plastic baggie.

The investigation revealed that Ms. Rovira claimed ownership of the baggie that tested positive for suspect cocaine and a glass pipe used as drug paraphernalia. Search incident to arrest several more plastic baggies were located on her person which was later identified as suspect fentanyl and mannitol, which is used as a cutting agent for fentanyl.

Numerous other drug paraphernalia, scales, plastic baggies, and other items were in Ms. Rovira’s purse and vehicle. It was also learned that Ms. Rovira had an active failure to appear warrant for a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ms. Rovira was subsequently transported to Lee County Jail.

Ms. Rovira was charged with the following:

  • Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Sell, F.S.S. 893.13(1)(a)(1).
  • Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell, F.S.S. 893.13(1)(a)(2).
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl) F.S.S. 893.13(6)(a).
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone Hydrochloride) F.S.S. 893.13(6)(a).
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia F.S.S. 893.147(1).
  • Failure to Appear Warrant F.S.S. 843.15 (1)(b).
CULTURAL PARK THEATRE WELCOMES MARK FLEMING AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CULTURAL PARK THEATRE WELCOMES MARK FLEMING AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mark Fleming joins the Cultural Park Theatre as Executive Director.

With over 40 years of experience, he has produced and directed over 250 productions in the New Jersey and New York area, including Asbury Park. He has worked with and brought to the stage prestigious performers including, but not limited to:

• Tony Award winner Debbie Shapiro Gravitte
• Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg
• American Idol Constantine Maroulis
• Stage, film and television actress Adrienne Barbeau (Broadway’s original Rizzo in Grease)
• Soap opera star James DePavia
• Texas tenor Marcus Collins
• Television performer Ron Pallilo (Welcome Back Kotter)
• Law & Order’s Milena Govich

Fleming has also produced television and stage writers Jane Milmore and Billy Van Zandt (brother of Steven Van Zandt) U.S. debuts of their original stage comedies, now published by Samuel French Inc. and performed around the world. His work in the televised industry has led to productions with Don Rickles, Richard Lewis, Renee Taylor and Martin Lawrence, to name a few.

Fleming also coached two Miss America contestants, one top-10 finalist, and has taught students performing in all Disney parks around the world, as well as countless cruise ships, Broadway, and national tours.

Welcome to Cape Coral, Mark!

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