Replacement Garbage Totes are on the Way

Replacement Garbage Totes are on the Way

The City of Cape Coral is in the process of replacing an estimated 10,000 trash totes that were lost or damaged due to Hurricane Ian. We anticipate delivery of the new totes will begin in April.

Totes must be manufactured with the City logo, delivered, and distributed to each residence.

Residents, we understand your frustration and remind you to be polite when contacting 311 about the status of your totes. Our 311 team is here to help, so please treat them kindly.

If you have already reported your missing totes, you do not need to do so again. If you have yet to report your missing totes, email the citizen action center at

Waste Pro will replace or fix missing and damaged totes for issues unrelated to Hurricane Ian.

City Calls to Artists for Public Art Project

City Calls to Artists for Public Art Project

The City of Cape Coral welcomes local artists to participate in a public art project in South Cape’s Entertainment District.

The City’s Community Redevelopment Agency invites artists to submit designs for potential selection in the Concrete Enclosure Public Art Project, aimed at enhancing the aesthetic of the entertainment district along Southeast 47th Terrace by showcasing permanently fixed art on concrete enclosures in Big John Plaza.

Ideal artwork will depict a funky and eclectic use of mixed media materials and colors that exemplify the South Cape’s quirky and relaxed atmosphere. Themes can include nightlife atmosphere, natural environment, abstract and non-representational art. Artwork will be selected based on artistic excellence, innovation, concept, and cultural connection to the community.

Artwork must be submitted online by 12 a.m. MST, Sunday, April 2. Artists must live in Lee County, be at least 18, and adhere to all project guidelines.

For more general questions, please contact Samantha Ellis, Cape Coral Art Center, at 239-242-3803 or

Guardian Angels for Special Populations Fashion Show 2023

Guardian Angels for Special Populations Fashion Show 2023

Guardian Angels for Special Populations will hold the 14th Annual Fashion Show & Auction, Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m., at The Westin Resort, Marina Village.

The show benefits the Special Populations Center in Cape Coral and features its participants, who will strut the runway donning outfits of their choice and professional hair and makeup. 

For the past five years, tickets have sold out. The deadline to buy tickets this year is March 6, and they can be purchased online or by calling 239-574-0574.

The event features a gourmet luncheon, live auction, silent auction, lottery tree, diamond drop, and games. Guardian Angles for Special Populations is seeking sponsors and donors of items for auction. Models will also be available for a red-carpet meet and greet with pictures. 

All proceeds help pay for participant scholarships, free and healthy lunches, wheelchair-accessible vehicles and facilities, daily program needs, art and garden therapy, and much more. 

The Special Populations Center offers a variety of programs for adults and children with intellectual and physical disabilities. Its mission is to promote independence through exposure, education, experience and encouragement in a safe, caring environment.

Twentieth Annual Burrowing Owl Festival 

Twentieth Annual Burrowing Owl Festival 

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation teams up with Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife (CCFW) to host the 20th Annual Burrowing Owl Festival Saturday, February 25.

The festival will be held at Rotary Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer educational programs, a live animal exhibit, guided walking tours, food offerings, access to the butterfly house, and bus tours to nearby owl burrows. Parks and Recreation will host a FUN-Mobile at the festival, offering free activities for children.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.

The Burrowing Owl Festival, sponsored by CCFW and Cape Coral Parks and Recreation, takes place each year to educate residents on Cape Coral’s official City bird.

City Reminds Cape Residents to Conserve Water

City Reminds Cape Residents to Conserve Water

The City of Cape Coral urges its residents to conserve water as the dry season continues.

Current rainfall is 1.75 inches behind the seasonal average and water levels in drinking water aquifers are lower than levels present this time last year. These conditions are impacted by the influx of new residents, recovery workers, and seasonal residents.

Though groundwater conditions typically improve with the onset of the wet season in June, reducing usage now is vital to protecting Cape Coral’s water resources.

Lawn irrigation can account for 50 percent of household use, but it’s important to remember lawns need less weekly watering during the dry season.

Cape Coral residents can do their part to reduce water consumption by optimizing their irrigation system for high efficiency and following the City’s year-round watering schedule.

For more information on how to conserve water, see The South Florida Water Management District’s 50 Ways to be Water Smart.

To help combat the issue, the City is currently constructing the Caloosahatchee Connect Project, a reclaimed water pipeline between Cape Coral and Fort Myers that will help to rehydrate Cape Coral’s freshwater canals and provide additional irrigation water to residents.

This project, slated for completion this year, will allow Cape Coral to purchase millions of gallons of reclaimed water that would otherwise be discharged in the Caloosahatchee River.


City Council Appoints Interim City Manager

City Council Appoints Interim City Manager

Cape Coral City Council appointed Michael Ilczyszyn as Interim City Manager at a Special Meeting held on Friday. In his new role, Ilczyszyn will oversee the day-to-day operations of the City of Cape Coral.

Michael Ilczyszyn is currently the City’s Public Works Director. He began his career with the City in 2002 as a Water Treatment Plant Operator. He was promoted to Business Manager within the Public Works Department before moving into the City Manager’s Office as the Business Manager for the City.

Mr. Ilczyszyn is a Mariner High School graduate with a Magna Cum Laude in Environmental Studies and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University. Ilczyszyn is a Navy Veteran who served on the USS Yorktown.

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