Cape Coral, Florida

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Cape Coral (pronounced Cape /ˈkɒrəl/) is a large municipality located in Lee County, Florida, United States.

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History

Cape Coral was founded in 1957. Real estate developers, Leonard and Jack Rosen, purchased a 103-square-mile (270 km2) tract known as Redfish Point for $678,000 in that year and, in 1958, began development of the city as a master-planned, pre-platted community. With over 400 miles (640 km) of navigable waterways, Cape Coral has more miles of canals than any other city on earth.

The Gulf American Corporation (GAC) was formed to develop this “Waterfront Wonderland”. Canals were dug, streets were paved, houses and businesses were built. Cape Coral was promoted like no other Florida development. Celebrities were brought in to tout the benefits of "the Cape", as it is known locally. The first building was the Rosens' company headquarters, at the corner of Coronado and Cape Coral Parkway. Cape Coral's first permanent resident was Kenny Schwartz, the Rosens' general manager. Cape Coral's first four homes were completed in May 1958 on Riverside and Flamingo Drives.[6]

Development continued through the early 1960s, mostly on Redfish Point, south of Cape Coral Parkway. By 1963, the population was 2,850; 1,300 buildings had been finished or were under construction; 80 miles (130 km) of road had been built, and 160 miles (260 km) of canals had been dug. The public yacht club, a golf course, medical clinic, and shopping center were up and running. A major addition for Cape Coral was the construction of the 3,400 feet (1,000 m) long Cape Coral Bridge across the Caloosahatchee River, which opened in early 1964. Before the bridge, a trip to Fort Myers was more than 20 miles (32 km) via Del Prado Boulevard and over the Edison Bridge to cross the river.

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