The City’s Nicholas Parkway West Access Management and Water main Improvements project has entered the construction phase and temporary changes to traffic patterns will be necessary beginning Sunday, July 18.
The project area is Nicholas Parkway from Pine Island Road to Santa Barbara Boulevard and the purpose of the project is to improve safety and traffic flow.
The project will include the replacement of the existing water main, drainage upgrades and swale work, improved payment markings, pavement reconstruction, and resurfacing.
Changes that may impact motorists will include, but not be limited to:
- Nicholas Parkway currently has two lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions. Both southbound lanes will be closed, and southbound traffic will be shifted so that two-way traffic will use the northbound lanes. The shift is scheduled to occur the night of Sunday, July 18.
- Lane closures are expected at the intersection of Nicholas Parkway and Santa Barbara Boulevard in mid-to-late August.
- The access management portion of the project involves closing some of the current median openings on Nicholas Parkway, adding left-turn lanes at the remaining median openings, and installing curb and gutter adjacent to the medians along the length of the project. Through the access management process, the goal is to reduce the potential vehicle conflict points.
For additional information on this project, please visit the project webpage https://www.capecoral.net/department/public_works/nicholas_parkway.php or contact the project team via phone (239) 207-3758 or email at email@example.com.
The City of Cape Coral will resume water shutoffs on Tuesday, July 6 for any utility account with a balance that is more than 60 days past the bill date.
Water shutoffs were suspended in March 2020 when many people were out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers with a past due balance are encouraged to make payment arrangements with the Customer Billing Services Division before shutoffs resume.
Before shutoffs were suspended, a shutoff occurred when a utility account balance was more than 45 days past the bill date.
Resuming shutoffs for account balances that are more than 60 days past the bill date allows for a gradual return to the policy that was in place before the pandemic.
There are several utility assistance programs available for residents who have qualifying financial needs:
Customers that may be impacted by a water shutoff are notified via telephone, mail, and a hand-delivered red tag. Utility bill inserts also have been distributed to inform customers that water shutoffs will resume on July 6.
To assist customers, payment plan limitations will be relaxed through September 1 and until the City returns to the policy that was in place before shutoffs were suspended. If a customer defaults on a payment plan, utility services will be terminated.
Please contact the Customer Billing Services Division at (239) 574-7722 (Option 3, Option 5) to make a payment by phone or to make payment arrangements. For more information, please visit www.capecoral.net/finance/cbs.
An advisory stage notice of emergency for the use of irrigation water has been issued. While the two-day watering schedule remains in effect, residents are asked to reduce the watering of lawns and to voluntarily adjust timers to conserve water.
The advisory is being issued due to high irrigation usage and water levels in the city’s freshwater canals that continue to decline. An adequate supply of irrigation water is needed for the more than 800 fire hydrants that are connected to the city’s reuse system for fire suppression.
Lacking rain and conservation, a declaration for mandatory one-day watering may become necessary.
The City has taken several proactive steps, enforcement activity was stepped up at the beginning of the dry season and more than 4,000 illegal watering violations have been issued. High usage and illegal watering contribute to decreased irrigation pressures.
The City continues to pump an average of 13.5 million gallons of water each day from a reservoir in Charlotte County into the city’s freshwater canal system for irrigation usage, and a new canal pump station has been operating since last week. The new pump station was part of the North 2 utilities extension project that will help to supplement the irrigation system.
The City’s irrigation is supplied by treated wastewater from the City’s two wastewater facilities and supplemented by freshwater canal water pumped from the City’s freshwater canal pumping stations. Cape Coral’s freshwater canal system is comprised of 300 miles of freshwater canals that provide storage through an extensive system of weirs and pumping stations. The 25 weirs strategically located in the canal network and canal pump stations provide the ability to store water during the rainy season for dry season use.
The freshwater canal system also provides management of excess stormwater flows, which protect the sensitive estuary environment and provide flood control.
The City’s two-day watering schedule is available by clicking HERE.
The Cape Coral City Council will hold a Special Meeting of the City Council and a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
These meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall. Council Chambers is located at 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard.
The Special Meeting of the City Council will begin at 3 p.m. The following item will appear on the meeting agenda: Blue-Green Algae.
The Committee of the Whole Meeting that was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. has been rescheduled to 3:15 p.m. due to the Special Meeting that was recently added to the calendar. Committee of the Whole meetings are non-voting meetings that allow staff and Council to have in-depth discussions about specific topics.
Meetings are broadcast on Cape TV (Comcast Channel 98 and CenturyLink Prism Channel 94) and streamed online at www.cape-tv.com.
The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is proud to partner with America’s Boating Club Cape Coral to offer a “Hurricanes and Boats” seminar.
This FREE event will be on Wednesday, May 19 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Cape Coral Yacht Club Ballroom, located at 5819 Driftwood Parkway. The seminar is open to all boat owners in Lee County and advanced registration is not required.
The “Hurricanes and Boats” seminar, which is part of America’s Boating Club’s new boater education series, will cover things that boaters need to plan for in order to protect their boats before the start of hurricane season.
Topics will include a look at the most important items to consider based on the type of boat and where it is normally kept, as well as what equipment and supplies are needed when a hurricane strikes. Presenters will also discuss having the right insurance coverage and how to receive assistance if one’s boat is kept in a marina.
Members of America’s Boating Club Cape Coral will be on hand to answer questions after the seminar and volunteers will be available to schedule complimentary vessel safety checks to ensure a boat has all the required safety equipment on board.
America’s Boating Club Cape Coral has been an active part of the Cape Coral Community since 1964. They have classrooms where they teach a variety of boating classes including America’s Boating Course. Graduates of the class earn a State of Florida Boater’s Education I.D. Card. In addition, members participate in a variety of social and community service activities, including a life jacket loaner program.
For more information about America’s Boating Club Cape Coral, visit www.ccaps.org.
For more information on the Cape Coral Yacht Club and upcoming Cape Coral Parks and Recreation activities, visit www.CapeParks.com.
Cape Coral will buy a truck to deal with its ongoing trash problem.
The Waste Pro driver shortage continues, and that means delays in picking up trash and yard waste continue. In some parts of the city, the trash has been piling up, so the city will help to dispose of it.
The city will have public works crews hauling away debris that has yet to be picked up by the trash service.
This a direct response to the repeated complaints of waste lining neighborhood streets. City workers are able to help thanks to a city-owned grapple truck.
The city is in the market to buy a second grapple truck for about $150,000