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.
Cape Coral Prepares for Municipal Elections

Cape Coral Prepares for Municipal Elections

Preparations for the 2022 City of Cape Coral Municipal Election(s) are underway for the offices of Mayor and Council Member Districts 1, 4, and 6. 

Those interested in running for one of these offices should note that Qualification Week begins Monday, June 13, 2022, at noon and ends promptly on Friday, June 17, 2022, at noon

Please contact City Clerk Bruns at 239-574-0417 with questions or schedule an appointment.

City of Cape Coral Municipal elections are held each even-numbered year and are nonpartisan. The terms for the offices of Mayor and Council Members are four years. Terms begin on the first regular meeting of the Council held after the date of the General Election, November 16, 2022.

Primary Election – Tuesday, August 23, 2022: 

Should there be more than two qualifying candidates for Mayor or a given Council district, their names will be placed on the primary ballot. The two primary candidates receiving the highest votes shall be the candidates in the City General Election.

General Election – Tuesday, November 8, 2022:

If there are fewer than three qualifying candidates for Mayor or a given Council district, their names will not appear on the primary election ballot. They will appear on the City General Election ballot.

Visit the City Elections Page for more information.

City of Cape Coral to host Homeowners Insurance Town Hall Meeting

City of Cape Coral to host Homeowners Insurance Town Hall Meeting

The City of Cape Coral is hosting a Town Hall meeting focusing on Homeowners Insurance rates, as well as the outcome of the 2022 Special Legislative Session on homeowner insurance rates.

Hosted by:

District 1 Councilmember, Gloria Tate

Speakers:

  • State Rep. Mike Giallombardo
  • State Rep. Bob Rommel
  • Brian Chapman – Chapman Insurance Group
  • James Barfield – Barfield Insurance and Financial

Topic:  

Homeowners’ Insurance rates, as well as the outcome of the 2022 Special Legislative Session on homeowner insurance rates

When: 

Tuesday, June 7

Check-in starts at 6 p.m., the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Where:

Yacht Club Ballroom, 5819 Driftwood Parkway, Cape Coral, FL 33904 

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Contact:

Gloria Tate, District 1 Councilmember, 239-574-0436 Council Office, 239-940-1538 Cell, gtate@capecoral.gov

Fertilizer Restrictions Begin June 1

Fertilizer Restrictions Begin June 1

With the rainy season just around the corner, the City of Cape Coral reminds everyone that fertilizer use rules change on June 1.

The application of fertilizer containing phosphorus or nitrogen is prohibited from June 1 through September 30.  Eliminating the use of phosphorus and nitrogen during the wet season helps to protect our canals and waterways, quality of life, and economy.

Excess nutrients can cause harmful algal blooms that can cause fish kills, harm pets and wildlife, and potentially injure people who encounter it.

Critical points of the fertilizer ordinance to remember:

  • Fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorus are not permitted between June 1 and September 30.
  • No fertilizer is allowed if a flood watch/warning, a tropical storm watch/warning, or a hurricane watch/warning is in effect.
  • Fertilizer cannot be used within 15 feet of any body of water.
  • Phosphorus fertilizer is not permitted any time of year unless a soil test performed in the past two years identifies a phosphorus deficiency.
  • The percentage of slow-release nitrogen content in any fertilizer used during the remainder of the year (October-May) must be at least 50 percent.
  • No grass clippings or vegetative debris may be swept or blown into stormwater drains, conveyances, bodies of water, sidewalks, or roadways.

For more information, visit https://www.capecoral.gov/department/public_works/fertilizer_ordinance.php.

Bulk Item Disposal, Household Chemical Waste Collection Set for May 7

Bulk Item Disposal, Household Chemical Waste Collection Set for May 7

Cape Coral is partnering with Waste Pro and Lee County’s Solid Waste Division to collect bulk items and household chemical waste (HCW) on Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 7 – 11 a.m.

Waste will be collected in the City Hall parking lot, located at 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard.

These quarterly events give residents another way to dispose of large items and a safe and responsible way to dispose of HCW.

Materials for drop-off will be collected from vehicle trunks and truck beds. Proof of residency may be required to drop off items.

Photo IDs with a Cape Coral address and Cape Coral utility bills from an active account are acceptable items to prove your residency.

Items that will be accepted at the event include:

  • Drain cleaners and pool chemicals
  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Liquid paint and thinners
  • Polishes and strippers
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Electronics
  • Car and boat batteries
  • Automotive oil
  • Appliances and gas propane tanks
  • Mattresses
  • Yard Waste

Residential bulk item collection is still available each week on the same day as solid waste, recycling, and yard waste removal.

The next bulk waste event will be held on Aug. 6, 2022.

DECLARATION OF STAGE 1 WATER SHORTAGE CONDITION

DECLARATION OF STAGE 1 WATER SHORTAGE CONDITION

Cape Coral City Manager Rob Hernandez has issued a Stage 1 Water Shortage Condition, effective at midnight on Monday, May 2, 2022.

Due to an abnormally dry season and irrigation water usage exceeding supplies, the Stage 1 Declaration restricts lawn and landscape watering to a mandatory one-day watering schedule, as detailed below.

The watering days and hours depend on the last number of the home address:

  • Addresses ending in 0: Monday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 1: Friday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 2: Thursday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 3: Wednesday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 4: Sunday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 5: Saturday from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 6: Thursday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 7: Wednesday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 8: Sunday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Addresses ending in 9: Saturday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The following irrigation water use restrictions also take effect at midnight on May 2, 2022:

  • For properties or developments up to and including five acres in size that have an irrigation system that simultaneously irrigates multiple properties with different watering times including, but not limited to, duplexes, multi-family units, compound use, and mixed-use units, watering is allowed on Mondays from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • For properties or developments more than five acres in size that have an irrigation system that simultaneously irrigates multiple properties with different watering times including, but not limited to, multi-family, compound use, and mixed-use units, watering is allowed on Mondays from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • Watering of new lawns and landscaping during a 45-day establishment period is permitted on any day of the week from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Hand watering is allowed at any time.

The City of Cape Coral will be increasing enforcement activity to address illegal watering.

The City began pumping from the Charlotte County Reservoir on Friday and is currently working on multiple irrigation supply improvements:

  • FGUA Interconnect Project    Complete Jan. 2020       730-2,190 Million Gallons (MG)/year (Supply)
  • Pine Island Rd Storage Tanks & Booster Station   Summer 2022        10 MG/day (Storage)
  • Canal Weir 29 & Yellow Fever Creek Project        Summer 2022     900 MG/year (Storage & Supply)
  • Caloosahatchee Connect Project                              Spring 2023      2,190-4,380 MG/year (Supply)
  • Southwest Aggregates Reservoir Project             Winter 2023     1,440 MG/year (Storage & Supply)

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