Cape Coral-Fort Myers motorists should use other routes
The Midpoint Madness Veterans Day 5K Run/Walk will close the Midpoint Bridge from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.
Motorists are encouraged to use the Cape Coral Bridge or the U.S. 41 and Business 41 bridges as alternate routes. Lee County Department of Transportation placed message boards on Tuesday, Nov. 1, to alert motorists of the closure.
For information about the annual nighttime Veterans Day event, contact the Fort Myers YMCA at www.swflymca.org or the Fort Myers Track Club at www.ftmyerstrackclub.com. Pre- and post-race activities will be at Royal Palm Square at the base of the Midpoint Bridge in Fort Myers at 1400 Colonial Blvd. The race begins at 7 p.m.
Post-Hurricane Ian, our Halloween may look a little different this year. But our Cape Coral community is resilient! We don’t want our residents and visitors to miss out on Halloween festivities, but we want to remind everyone to stay safe and be mindful of debris, standing water, and other hazards.
We hope the following tips help you and your family celebrate Halloween safely.
As Cape Coral continues to recover from Hurricane Ian, debris remains in certain areas. Debris can be dangerous, especially in the dark.
Watch where you are walking. Debris can be a tripping hazard.
Do not touch debris! Debris is hazardous and has been subjected to harmful bacteria.
Debris piles may limit the vision of pedestrians and drivers. Be extra cautious when walking or driving in impacted areas.
Always be alert when trick-or-treating and provide adult supervision.
Walk on the sidewalk or a path. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
If a child is mature enough to be without supervision, tell them to stay in familiar areas and trick-or-treat in groups.
Walk safely. Cross the street at crosswalks or traffic signals. Always look both ways!
Put electronic devices down. Keep your head up and your eyes on children at all times.
Make sure you are always visible, especially in the dark.
Wear light colors and decorate costumes with reflective tape or stickers.
Carry a flashlight or use glow sticks.
Costume masks can obstruct vision. Choose face paint and make-up when possible.
Make sure costumes are the right size and fit properly to avoid trips and falls.
Driving on Halloween can have risks, especially in residential areas.
Take extra time to look for children in intersections, medians, and on curbs.
Slow down! Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
Enter and exit driveways carefully and slowly.
Avoid driving during popular trick-or-treating times.
Beware of standing water.
Even though only a month has passed since Hurricane Ian impacted our region, some areas may still have standing water, which should be avoided.
Standing water could contain various forms of waste, debris, and animals.
Exposure to hazardous standing water could lead to rashes, wound infections, tetanus, or gastrointestinal illness.
Due to the amount of standing water in the area, there may also be an increased amount of mosquitoes.
Now, more than ever, we must continue to embrace each other and do what we can to bring ourselves and our loved ones a sense of normalcy.
Together, we can all celebrate Halloween safely! #CapeCoralTogether
The Cape Coral Animal Shelter has announced that it will be handing out Christmas presents to its resident cats and dogs on Christmas Day, starting at 1:00 p.m.
Since we opened in 2020, the Cape Coral Animal Shelter has found homes for almost 2,000 unwanted, abandoned, and neglected animals. Although we hope every animal finds a loving home quickly, ultimately there will be cats and dog in the shelter on Christmas Day.
To make the day special for those residents, staff and volunteers will hand out presents to each dog and cat in the shelter, give them special treats, and shower them with the same love they will soon be getting in their forever home.
Santa and his helper will be “arriving in style” this year on our donated and newly refurbished golf cart.
“I am adopted—born in December and adopted in January by a wonderful family. I spent my first Christmas in an orphanage. When I became involved with animal rescue, it reminded me of my first Christmas, so making Christmas Day special for these abandoned animals has become very personal and very important to me” said Liz McCauley, Executive Director of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter.
“Volunteers and staff grow very fond of the animals while they are in our care and it gives us great joy to see them enjoying treats and toys on Christmas Day. Even on a holiday, it’s important to us that they fell like they are already part of a family.”
Later this week, Sadie from the “Logan and Sadie Morning Show” on 96.9 WINK will be delivering donated toys and treats from their listeners. These gifts, along with other donations will be part of the Christmas Day celebration for our residents.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services will celebrate the holiday season with a Gift Giving Tree. The tree in the adoption lobby at Animal Services is decorated with ornaments with a wish list of gifts for the shelter pets.
Visitors may pick one up and return gifts to Animal Services by Dec. 22 to help make the animals’ holiday a little brighter. The ornament is yours to keep for your tree.
The adoption center is open 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 5600 Banner Drive in Fort Myers. Dogs, cats, bunnies and guinea pigs looking for a home just on time for the holidays. Visit www.leelostpets.com to see pets available for adoption.
The adoption package includes spay or neuter, microchip, up-to-date vaccinations, county license and a 10-day health guarantee. The package is valued at $600.
Volunteers and staff are waiting to introduce your new family member to you.