City Encourages Residents to Register for AlertLee

City Encourages Residents to Register for AlertLee

The City of Cape Coral is partnering with Lee County Government to encourage residents to sign up for AlertLee emergency notifications.

AlertLee is an emergency notification system that allows registered users to receive telephone, text, and/or email alerts related to natural or man-made emergencies.

NOTE: By opting in to weather notifications, you will be automatically enrolled for all emergency alerts, including but not limited to missing persons, evacuation notices, boil water notices, fires or floods, and active shooter situations.

If your contact information changes, please remember to log on and update it in the AlertLee system. The information entered will be used only for AlertLee notifications. There is no charge to register or to receive system alerts.

For more information, visit www.capecoral.gov/AlertLee.

Cape Coral Encourages Residents to Attend Virtual Workshop for Pine Island Road Corridor Plan

Cape Coral Encourages Residents to Attend Virtual Workshop for Pine Island Road Corridor Plan

The City of Cape Coral encourages all residents to make sure their voice is heard at the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) upcoming virtual public workshop for the SR 78 (Pine Island Road) Corridor Vision & Action Plan in Lee County. The virtual event is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 6 to 7 p.m. 

The purpose of this study is to help the City of Cape Coral and Lee County community develop a vision plan for the SR 78 corridor to guide transportation and land use decisions over the next 50 years. The workshop is being held to solicit feedback from the community concerning their desires for the future of the corridor.

Please register to attend at  VisionPlan_Public Workshop. The live event and workshop materials can also be accessed online through the project website at www.swflroads.com/project/442083-1. Once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop online. Please note that Internet Explorer can NOT be used to register or attend this webinar. Please review the workshop materials online through the project website prior to this event.

After reviewing the public workshop materials, and/or participating, you may submit comments in three different ways:

  1. on the project website;
  2. emailing the FDOT Project Manager, Vitor Suguri at Vitor.Suguri@dot.state.fl.us; or
  3. mailing comments to Vitor Suguri, 10041 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33913.

While comments about the project are accepted at any time, please note that comments must be received or postmarked by October 6, 2022, to be included in the public workshop record. A summary of the workshop comments and responses will be available on the website approximately 30 days following the close of the comment period.

The Florida Department of Transportation may adopt this planning product into the environmental review process, pursuant to Title 23 U.S.C. § 168(d)(4), or to the state project development process.

Duo Arrested After Stealing Vehicle

Duo Arrested After Stealing Vehicle

On September 16, 2022, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Cape Coral Police Department officers were dispatched to 1206 Cape Coral Parkway East (7-Eleven) in reference to an in-progress motor vehicle theft.

The call notes stated that the victim had left an unlocked and running van at the gas pumps. The victim said they noticed two people walking near the vehicle while they were inside the store. Shortly after, the vehicle exited the parking lot and traveled eastbound on Cape Coral Parkway East.

The subjects were described as wearing a black mask that covered all around the head, and the other was described as wearing a blue mask.

Officers arrived at the scene and met with the victim, who further explained what had occurred and provided a description of the vehicle/ license plate. A B.O.L.O “be on the lookout” was immediately provided to surrounding agencies. A Deputy with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office located this suspect vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at 6100-Block of Whiskey Creek Drive, Fort Myers.

The front seat passenger was identified as Xavier David Sturgeon (W/M 2-6-2003, Transient), and the driver was identified as Nicole Lynn Waynee (W/F 6-3-1998, Transient); both were immediately detained.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Sturgeon stated that Ms. Waynee had the idea to take this vehicle because they had no means of leaving Cape Coral. Mr. Sturgeon noted that he knew the vehicle was not Ms. Waynee’s. Ms. Waynee refused to speak to officers.

Search incident to arrest inside of Ms. Waynee’s purse officers located eight credit cards, a checkbook, social security card, and a birth certificate, all of which did not belong to Ms. Waynee. A black watch and two key fobs were also inside the purse. Cape Coral Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit detectives arrived at the scene and assisted with the investigation. Detectives contacted the owner of the contents of the purse. The owner said they did not give either Ms. Waynee or Mr. Sturgeon permission to take these items.

Mr. Sturgeon told detectives that Ms. Waynee and he shared the purse to store items, and they both had knowledge of the contents and carried the bag regularly. These items were stolen from a friend of Ms. Waynee.

Mr. Sturgeon & Ms. Waynee were subsequently transported to Lee County Jail.

Mr. Sturgeon was charged with the following:

  • Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle F.S.S. 812.014(2)(c)(6).
  • Failure to Appear F.S.S. 843.15(1)(b).
  • Use or Possess ID of Another Person Without Consent F.S.S. 817.568) (2)(a).
  • Grand Theft F.S.S. 812.014(2)(c)(1).

Ms. Wayne was charged with the following:

  • Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle F.S.S. 812.014(2)(c)(6).
  • Driving While License Suspended F.S.S. 322.34(2)(a).
  • Use or Possess ID of Another Person Without Consent F.S.S. 817.568) (2)(a).
  • Grand Theft F.S.S. 812.014(2)(c)(1).
City Council Special Meeting Set for Thursday, September 22

City Council Special Meeting Set for Thursday, September 22

The final public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) budget for the City of Cape Coral will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 5:05 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard.

The final millage rate and FY23 budget will be determined at this meeting.

If you would like to have your opinions heard on the matter, please plan to attend.

An agenda for this meeting is available on the City website. 

Please visit the following page to view the agenda when it becomes available: www.capecoral.net/department/clerk/agendas_and_videos.php

Volunteers Needed for Algae Bloom Study

Volunteers Needed for Algae Bloom Study

A Human Health study on the impact of harmful algae blooms is being performed in Cape Coral, and researchers from Florida Atlantic University are looking for volunteers.

The study is designed to fill an important gap in our understanding of the impact of the harmful algal blooms (HABS) on human health.

The study will take place on Monday, September 26, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Each session will take 15-30 minutes and will be held at the City of Cape Coral’s Public Works Department, located at 815 Nicholas Parkway East. There is no cost to participate, and you will receive up to $25 in gift cards for participating in the study. Walk-ins are welcome, as there is no deadline to apply.

To participate you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Able to read and understand English.

If selected, you will be asked to participate in two data collection sessions: (1) when algae are not blooming and (2) during an algae bloom.

At each session, you will be asked to:

  • Complete a short survey.
  • Provide a nasal swab, urine, and blood sample to test for algal toxins.

Research is being conducted by scientists at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Nursing and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Study locations include Cape Coral, Stuart, and communities around Lake Okeechobee, including Clewiston and Indiantown.

You may withdraw from the study at any time without penalty.

Please call or text at 561-297-4631 or via email at NurHAB@health.fau.edu to learn more.  

Student Arrested for Threatening to Blow Up School Bus

Student Arrested for Threatening to Blow Up School Bus

On September 15, 2022, Cape Coral Police Department officers were dispatched to 1809 SW 36th Terrace (Gulf Middle School) in reference to a school threat that occurred on September 14, 2022.

The School Resource Officer was contacted by a concerned parent after a juvenile, later identified as Bryce Miles Barrett (W/M 11-20-2009, 4340 SW 7th Place), made the statement that he would “blow up the bus” and “shoot up the school.” These threats occurred on the school bus in the presence of several other juveniles who all individually confirmed the statements of Mr. Barrett.

ARRESTED: Bryce Miles Barrett (W/M 11-20-2009, 4340 SW 7th Place)

CHARGES:
Threat to Throw, Project, Place or Discharge a Destructive Device F.S.S. 790.162

Cape Coral Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit responded and contacted Mr. Barrett at his home address. Mr. Barrett spoke to detectives, and when asked if he made the statement that he would blow up the school bus, he said, “yes, but I was only joking.” Mr. Barrett denied making the statement that he would shoot up the school.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Barrett made specific threats that put other students in fear. 

Mr. Barrett was subsequently transported to Lee County Jail.

Mr. Barrett was charged with the following:

*Threat to Throw, Project, Place or Discharge a Destructive Device F.S.S. 790.162

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