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Cape Coral has forgotten its roots

August 16, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Though Cape Coral began in the late '50s, it did not have a fire department until the early '60s. Gulf American Land Corporation agreed to match dollar for dollar up to $5,000 for the construction of the first building. Letters were sent out asking for volunteer firefighters, each home was asked to voluntarily donate $10, and they even had a small carnival to help raise the money. Though this sounds very meager, it was a beginning for a community that wanted to protect itself and yet stay within its budget.

When someone reads something like this today it sounds almost magical. It sounds like something from a book. A place with low crime, golf, fishing, beaches, and Olympic swimming pool, and a yacht club to use for meeting place. A place where one could buy a house at a modest price and live out your golden years on a modest retirement income. This truly was Cape Coral.

What has happened to it today? Could this be the same place? It doesn't seem to resemble it. The 2012 consensus indicates that we have a population of 161, 248. And this is after the housing bubble burst. In the late '50s and early '60s the fair city of Cape Coral was guided by a few people who had operated successful small businesses. Then came some people who said the city needed to be led by politicians. Politicians then said the city needed to grow. Now what comes with growth: more pollution, higher crime, more traffic, etc.? Isn't this just exactly what we were trying to escape when we retired and moved to Cape Coral?

On August 5, 2013, the city of Cape Coral sent out a letter which began, printed in bold letters "This is not a bill." It then uses 3-1/2 legal size pages to explain to you the cost of things that you will be billed for in the near future! It uses language such as, mils, ad valorem, tier 1, tier 2, EBUs, section numbers of Florida statutes, and many other things that people will not understand unless they happen to be an accountant. Then they tell you there will be a public meeting on it so you can voice your opinion on the letter you didn't understand.

Mary West

Cape Coral



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