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|Cape Coral History|
|Cape Coral was built about 40 years ago by two land speculators who believed that the property's location on the Gulf Coast provided abundant sunshine and almost endless opportunities for waterfront living. The Rosen brothers purchased the property, platted the community and created more than 400 miles of canals. At 114 square miles, Cape Coral is the second largest city in the state of Florida. The brothers began a massive marketing campaign that resulted in the sale of nearly all of the 350,000 residential building sites, the majority to people who lived in other states. |
One of the fastest growing areas in Florida
The City incorporated in August 1970, and its population continues to grow rapidly. With nearly 165,000 residents, Cape Coral is one of the fastest growing areas in Florida. Cape Coral is the 2nd largest city geographically in the state of Florida and is the 11th largest city in population. The city features thousands of waterfront residential properties on canals, including many with direct, saltwater access to the Gulf of Mexico and Charlotte Harbor. The supply and affordability of these waterfront sites makes Cape Coral one of the most attractive communities on the Gulf Coast.
The city is a large peninsula bordered by the Caloosahatchee River on the east and Matlacha Pass on the west. It is located between Sarasota and Marco Island.
One of the most attractive features of Cape Coral and Southwest Florida is its terrific year-round weather. The area averages 335 days of bright sunshine each year (the other 30 days are just moderate sunshine). While the summers are very warm, humid and rainy, the winters in Cape Coral are absolutely beautiful.
Southwest Florida receives about 53 inches of rain each year, the majority of which falls from May through September. During the summer months, afternoon rains regularly roll in with heavy downpours and stormy conditions that may last only a couple of hours before subsiding. Then the sun reappears, heat and humidity return, and all is well until the next day when the cycle begins again.
The city is affected by the annual hurricane season, which begins June 1 and continues through November.
Our Great State general information:
State in the extreme SE United States. A long, low peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is bordered by Georgia and Alabama.
Area, 58,560 sq mi (151,670 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 15,982,378, a 23.5% increase since the 1990 census.
Nickname, Sunshine State.
Motto,In God We Trust.
State bird, mockingbird.
State flower, orange blossom. State tree, Sabal palmetto palm.
Tourism plays a primary role in the state's economy; in 1996 visitors to Florida spent over $48 billion. Walt Disney World, a massive cluster of theme parks near Orlando that is one of the world's leading tourist attractions; Universal Studios, a combination theme park and film and television production facility, also near Orlando; and other attractions draw millions yearly.
Famed beaches, such as those at Miami Beach , Daytona Beach , and Fort Lauderdale , attract hordes of vacationers. With more than 4,000 sq mi (10,360 sq km) of inland water and with the sea readily accessible from almost anywhere in the state, Florida is a fishing paradise. Other attractions include Everglades National Park, with its unusual plant and animal life; Palm Beach , with its palatial estates; and Sanibel Island's picturesque resorts.
Famous for its citrus fruits, Florida leads the nation in the production of oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and market-ready corn and tomatoes. Other important crops include sugarcane and many varieties of winter vegetables. Cattle and dairy products are important, as is commercial fishing, with the catch including crabs, lobsters, and shrimp.
*Information from Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition