THIS JULY, “WE RISE UP FOR PARKS & RECREATION” IN CAPE CORAL

THIS JULY, “WE RISE UP FOR PARKS & RECREATION” IN CAPE CORAL

Join the City of Cape Coral for National Park and Recreation Month this July as we celebrate how our City is stronger, more vibrant, and more resilient because of parks and recreation.

Various activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities — including free swimming lessons for underserved families, a free Bob Ross Paint-Along, and a Parks & Rec Giveaway Day. A full Cape Coral Parks & Recreation events calendar can be found below.

Park and Recreation Month is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to invite communities around the country to share their experiences, memories, and stories about what parks and recreation mean to them. Please celebrate with us by attending a local Parks & Rec event or simply visiting parks here in Cape Coral and enjoying our beautiful City.

NRPA and Cape Coral encourage everyone who supports Parks and Recreation to share how it has improved their quality of life and why their local park and recreation professionals are important to them on social media with the hashtag #RiseUpJuly. 

In addition to scheduled events this month, the City encourages all residents and visitors to:

  • Enjoy PGA Family Golf Month specials at Coral Oaks Golf Course at www.CoralOaksGolf.com
  • Visit your favorite playground
  • Explore a park you’ve never been to
  • Ride a bike on Cape Coral’s 90+ miles of interconnected bicycle trails
  • Take a free tour of the butterfly house at Rotary Park each Monday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
  • Explore the Veterans Memorial Area at Four Mile Eco Preserve
  • Have lunch at Pops Café inside City Hall

To learn more about National Park and Recreation Month, visit www.capeparks.com and www.nrpa.org/July

Cape Coral Bridge Closing for 4th of July Events

Cape Coral Bridge Closing for 4th of July Events

The Cape Coral Bridge will be closed starting at 3 a.m. on Monday, July 4 and will re-open at 3 a.m. Tuesday, July 5 for the Red, White, & Boom celebration. Cape Coral Parkway will be closed from SE 15th Avenue and Cape Coral Street to the bridge.

Please plan your day accordingly and arrange for an alternate route during your travels. Vehicles attempting to turn east or west onto Cape Coral Parkway from Del Prado Boulevard will be directed to make a U-turn and head north. Motorists are encouraged to use the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge or the U.S. 41 and Business 41 bridges as alternate routes.

Motorists are encouraged to use the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge or the U.S. 41 and Business 41 bridges as alternate routes. Lee DOT this week will place message boards for motorists; they will remain in place through the holiday and the closing. Motorists should plan for an alternate route.

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is proud to host the largest single-day event in Southwest Florida. The 2022 Red, White, & Boom is a FREE event on Cape Coral Parkway at the foot of the bridge.

Join us for Southwest Florida’s best fireworks display, national entertainment, and fun for the whole family. To ensure everyone’s safety, please remember: No pets, no fireworks, and no outside alcohol will be allowed.

For more information or purchase a BOOM Zone Ticket, please visit www.capeboom.com or call 239-573-3128 during regular business hours.

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.

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