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Cape Coral Seeks Public Input on Economic & Business Development
September 13, 2023

EBD SurveyThe City of Cape Coral has launched a public survey that aims to drive economic growth and enhance the quality of life in Cape Coral.

The City is conducting the Cape Coral Economic Development Public Survey as part of an effort to establish an Economic Development Strategic Plan. Running until October 13 at 5 p.m., the survey collects public input so the City may identify the strengths of Cape Coral and determine how to leverage these advantages to foster economic growth while addressing the pressing needs of our community. 

Key Objectives of the Public Survey:

  • Promote Public Engagement: The City encourages every resident to participate, as their input is invaluable in shaping the future of Cape Coral.
  • Resident Occupancy: Identify the most common length of resident occupancy, helping us understand the dynamics of our community.
  • Infrastructure Investment: Determine the most pressing needs for infrastructure investment to enhance the livability of Cape Coral.
  • Government Role: Gauge public support for the role of government in driving economic development and community improvement.
  • Job Market: Obtain information on the current status of the job market in Cape Coral.
  • Educational System: Identify gaps in the educational system and how we can improve opportunities for our youth.
  • Commercial Development: Evaluate public opinion on enhanced commercial development, particularly in the South Cape.
  • Building a Great City: Discover what is missing in Cape Coral to make it an even greater city for all residents.

The City of Cape Coral is committed to making data-driven decisions, and resident participation in this survey will help ensure that Cape Coral’s future development aligns with the desires and needs of the community.

Applications Now Being Accepted for Cape Coral B2B Grant Program
August 2, 2023

The City of Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) approved the Breaking Barriers to Business (B2B) Grant Program to support incentive grants that help with site development costs of new non-residential construction, building/facility expansions, or renovations.

The Breaking Barriers to Business (B2B) Program is an initiative by the City of Cape Coral designed to encourage new non-residential construction, building expansions, and renovations in the South Cape area. The purpose of the B2B program is to provide grant assistance to developers and business owners who are looking to invest in the South Cape Community Reinvestment Area and meet the requirements of the City's Land Development Code.

The B2B program is intended to support economic development and growth in the South Cape area by providing financial assistance to businesses and developers who are committed to building, expanding, or renovating their facilities in compliance with the City's regulations. By doing so, the B2B program seeks to remove barriers to business development and promote the growth of the local economy.

Through the B2B program, eligible businesses and developers can receive grant assistance to cover the costs incurred in meeting the City's Land Development Code requirements. This may include costs associated with site development, building construction, renovation, and other related expenses. By providing financial assistance for these costs, the B2B program aims to make it easier for businesses and developers to invest in the South Cape area and promote the region's economic growth.

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For developers with questions and looking for more information contact Sharon Woodberry, Economic and Business Development Officer at 239.242.3274 or via email at:

The City of Cape Coral will host a Town Hall Meeting with the Resilient Lee Recovery Task Force on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. in Council Chambers.

The Lee County Recovery Task Force is hosting a series of 16 town hall meetings from April 19 through May 17, 2023, to give residents, leaders, and businesses throughout our community an opportunity to learn about the work of the Recovery Task Force and provide input on what is needed to repair and rebuild more resilient to future hazards we may face.

One of the goals of ResilientLee, the public-facing aspect of the Lee County Recovery Task Force, is community engagement. The Recovery Task Force will host a series of countywide town hall meetings to engage residents. The meetings will last two hours and include facilitated discussions to encourage public involvement in the recovery-planning process.

There will be 14 in-person town hall meetings, one virtual town hall offered in English, one virtual town hall offered in Spanish, and five additional in-person town halls with Spanish-language options.

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Cape Coral Announces Interactive EDO Projects Map
April 11, 2023

City of Cape Coral announces a new tool that allows the public to view ongoing construction developments throughout Cape Coral.

The City's Economic and Business Development Office will unveil the Interactive EDO Projects Map at the Committee of the Whole meeting, Wednesday, April 12, in Council Chambers.

This GIS-enabled tool, located at, shows all ongoing development types other than residential. Users can determine the location of ongoing developments, the name of the developer, and the status of those projects.

These statuses include:

  • In-review: Staff is reviewing the development application.
  • Approved: Review is complete and staff has approved the submittal but are awaiting a condition to be met.
  • Issued: A permit has been issued and work can begin.

Data is updated daily and projects are removed from the map once work is complete and a certificate of occupancy has been issued or if the project has been canceled. 

Cape Coral is ranked the 61st best U.S. city for a staycation, according to a WalletHub study comparing 180 cities across 44 key metrics. The data set ranges from parks per capita to restaurant-meal costs to the share of vaccinated residents. Cape Coral, which ranked just ahead of Wilmington, Delaware, and Lincoln, Nebraska, posted an index score of 38.79. It ranked 26th in rest and relaxation and 43rd in recreation. Honolulu was the top-ranked cityCapture
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Luxury apartments to be built near South Cape district by 2024
Lee health wants to expand its footprint while also becoming a landlord. The move is a part of a multi-million dollar deal that includes office space and apartments.

The chance to buy into a prime area in Cape Coral was an opportunity that Lee Health felt they could not turn down. On Thursday, the governing board agreed to spend up to $5,000,000 to buy a corner of land on Cape Coral Parkway and Palm Tree Drive.  READ MORE


CAPE CORAL, Fla. — There is an oasis in the South Cape district surrounded by restaurants, businesses, and plenty of traffic. Soon hundreds of people will call that space home.

“We have grown. Cape Coral has grown,” Cape Coral CRA chairperson Linda Biondi said, “We’re over 200,000 people as we speak, full-time residents.”

The Cove at 47th will hold 180 luxury apartments, a parking garage, offices, and stores in the next few years. The CRA approved the $66 million project in August.  READ MORE

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ConsumerAffairs has named the City of Cape Coral the thirteenth fastest-growing city in the US. To view the full article, click here ->


City of Cape Coral could spend millions on new parking garage

Finding parking in Cape Coral’s Entertainment District is not a simple task. Now, the city wants to give visitors and residents more parking options when going out.

The City of Cape Coral is considering spending more than $10 million on a parking garage at SE 47th Terrace between SE 8th Court and SE 9th Place.

Many in Cape Coral are aware of how difficult the parking situation can be, so this new option excites them. Read More

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With Cape Coral always atop any given list of “fastest growing cities,” a newly released study shows the area can be touted as just that.

A report compiled by Porch, a home services connector, using newly released 2020 Census data, shows that Cape Coral was the fifth fastest growing midsized city (100,000-plus) in the country since 2010. Read More 


Cape Coral Population Grew 5th Most in U.S. Since 2010

With less natural population growth and decreased immigration, the population of the United States has been growing more slowly every year since 2015, according to new Census Bureau estimates. In fact, the 0.35% growth rate between 2019 and 2020 represents the lowest growth rate in more than a century.

America is now an aging nation, as the age brackets for residents 55 and older are expanding at a pace that far exceeds the younger brackets. Over the past decade, the population of retirement-age residents (65 to 74 years old) soared 48.9% according to Census figures, while those 75 or older grew 24.1%, and those 55 to 64 increased 15.3%. In comparison, the total U.S. population increased by just 6.5% over the same time period, with certain age cohorts experiencing a population decline. For more information:

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Cape Coral is 2021's 4th best city for first-time home buyers, in a recent study from the personal finance outlet You can find the full study here:

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Cape Coral looks to attract business, high-paying jobs to the city

Expansion and diversification are both parts of a Southwest Florida city’s plan to bring high-paying jobs to the region.  Cape Coral wants people who live in the city to stay there for work and to spend their money in the city too. It’s part of the city’s plan for an urban community.  Cape Coral is known for its more than 400 miles of residential canals, spacious outdoors, and a booming population.  There are also things the city is not currently known for.  “There’s no industry down here,” said John Giaquinto, the owner of Duval Street restaurant. “There’s none.”  The city wants to change that and bring more business to Cape Coral by offering incentives.  “Right now, at best, we’re out about a 92 to 8% ratio between the commercial tax base and the residential tax base,” Mayor John Gunter said. “What that means is 92% of the bills are on the shoulders of the residence, and we want to try to diversify that obligation.”  Gunter is a big believer, in order to bring businesses here, you need to draw them in.  “It is already shown at the walk through the door,” Gunter said. “And either infrastructure is not in place. We don’t have the same incentive packages that our neighbors have, so what’s going to happen, like it has happened, they’re just going to turn around and walk away.”  Cape Coral City Council is considering revamping its current incentive program in areas such as job growth, the arts, infrastructure and even small business.  Giaquinto is all for it.  “It keeps everything local,” Giaquinto said. “People can work here. They can also come here for lunch or dinner, a lot of the disposable income.”  The new programs will be presented to the Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency in August, followed by a vote from the city council at a later date.  “We have so many residents traveling across the bridge, and the reason for that is because we don’t have the jobs here,” Gunter said. “And that’s our responsibility as city leaders to attract those businesses, those higher-paying jobs.”

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Businesses and people are moving to Cape Coral

Businesses and housing are booming in Southwest Florida’s largest city. More people are moving here and more businesses are opening up. Everywhere you look Cape Coral is growing and growing and growing. Susan Overstreet has taken note and is happy she doesn’t have to cross the bridge as often as she used to. Overstreet lives in North Fort Myers. “When we moved here, we had to go across the river for almost everything and now, [if] we want to cross the river we will for maybe… [to] go to a doctor but everything’s here that we need. It’s great,” Overstreet said. Edmund Gagliardi has noticed the growth as well. “Now you see blocks going up, houses going up. I mean, you just see it blowing up like crazy,” Gagliardi said. The goal for City of Cape Coral Economic Development Manager Ricardo Noguera is to create an environment where people can live, work and play without crossing the bridge. A new report from the city highlights that more than 20 projects are set to break ground or have already opened this year. “It’s creating a more diverse economic base for the city so that not only are we getting better-paying jobs but we’re diversifying our workforce,” Noguera said. As the city continues to grow, Noguera says, there is a need for more warehouse space and medical offices. Then there’s the phenomenon of attracting younger people. For that, Noguera points to the many apartments going up around the Cape.
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Back to the Future: ‘Project Dolphin’ gets CRA Nod

The Community Redevelopment Agency approved this week a non-binding letter of intent with Roers Development for a proposed development along the Bimini Basin. As proposed, “Project Dolphin,” will be a mixed-use development on 5.5 acres, with 185 apartment units, a 375-stall parking garage, approximately 25,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, pedestrian promenade, and a waterfront restaurant with docks, boat slips, and upgrading of the existing seawall. The project is anticipated to cost $50 million, excluding the cost of the land.“If we keep our fingers crossed and everything works out well there, that’s going to be wonderful,” said CRA Chair Linda Biondi. “Stuff is finally happening.” The CRA and the city have sought developers to acquire and assemble more than 20 acres of undeveloped properties determined to be “blighted” along Bimini Basin. Several developers considered purchasing the site and developing a mixed-use project but were unable to make the project work financially.Project Dolphin would be built on undeveloped and vacant property on the western edge of the basin, with Cape Coral Parkway serving as the northern boundary.Roers last year completed construction of a 319-unit multi-family development called “Cape at Savona,” valued at $50 million and located on Savona Avenue about a quarter-mile west of Chiquita Boulevard.Construction documents from Roers Development (based out of Fargo, N.D.) should be ready by the fall, as should a TIF rebate agreement for CRA consideration, with an anticipated groundbreaking by late summer 2022 and completion date by near the end of 2023.The project is anticipated to be a game changer for the South Cape, generating more than $5 million in TIF revenues over the next 20 years. The CRA stands to gain $1.5 million in impact fees prior to groundbreaking, officials said.The project means the South Cape will not be focused around Southeast 47th Terrace, where events such as the popular bike nights have been held, said Cape Coral City Councilmember and CRA liaison Gloria Tate.It, and a second unrelated development project, will change the face of the entire South Cape.“A lot has transpired there. A lot of people have had the vision but not the wherewithal. The new developer is financially able to come to the table to put it together,” said Cape Coral City Councilmember and CRA liaison Gloria Tate. “It’s no longer going to be 47th Terrace, it’ll be a destination.”Sales tax generated is expected to be between $2.4 million and $4 million annually. Approximately 700 combined construction (570 jobs) and permanent retail and restaurant jobs (120 estimated) are expected to be created for a project that could have a catalytic impact on future development. Full Article -> Back to the Future: ‘Project Dolphin’ gets CRA nod | News, Sports, Jobs - Cape Coral Breeze


Cape Coral Pushes Forward with Two Major Projects


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CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Two major projects in Cape Coral are closer to becoming a reality.

The city has been working with two developers for two separate projects: One on the west end of Bimini Basin, and one on the site that was long supposed to be Village Square in downtown Cape. The two are down the road from each other, just off Cape Coral Parkway East.

The city has dubbed the project near the basin as “Project Dolphin.” The developer, North Dakota-based Roers Development, has yet to secure financing. The company is no stranger to Cape Coral, though.

It was responsible for The Cape at Savona Point apartments – another multi-million dollar residential project.

The property at hand along Bimini Basin is 5.5 acres. Roers wants to develop it as a $50 million mixed-use project, including 185 apartments, a 375 stall parking garage, 25,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and a waterfront restaurant with docks and boat slips. Full Article -> Cape Coral pushes forward with two major projects - NBC2 News ( 


The pandemic has created many challenges, but it also changed the way we live and work. Some are choosing to make their vacations permanent and move to Southwest Florida full-time to work remotely. CityLab found that most people moving to the state are moving to Southwest Florida. Mapping the percentage of change during the pandemic compared to the year prior, CityLab provided ratios for the number of people moving in divided by the number moving out of areas. The top areas in the region ranked by their percentage of growth include Clewiston (10.8%), Naples/Marco Island (9.7%), Punta Gorda (8.1%), Northport/Sarasota/Bradenton (7.3%) and Cape Coral/Fort Myers (6%).

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Catalyst Community Capital is accepting applications from qualified Cape Coral businesses for technical assistance/grants. 
In response to COVID-19 and its impact on Cape Coral businesses, Catalyst Community Capital, in partnership with the City of Cape Coral, will be providing a limited number of technical assistance/grants to qualified small businesses located in low- and moderate-income areas within the City of Cape Coral. 

 The City of Cape Coral will be utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to establish an emergency business grant program, which will provide a $3,000 technical assistance grant to small businesses with between 2 to 5 employees that are experiencing severe financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the grant funds, the program will provide legal, accounting and financial technical assistance.

 Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for Program funding:

  1. Demonstrate COVID-related hardship.
  2. The owner of the business must live in Cape Coral.
  3. The business must have been in existence for at least two years.
  4. The business must be located within designated areas contained within the municipal boundaries of the City of Cape Coral (Click here to verify your business is located within the eligible area.)
  5. The business must have a physical location that is not located in a residence. Home-based businesses are not eligible.
  6. The business must be current with all city, state and federal licensing and financial obligations, including taxes.
The grant proceeds may be used for business expenses such as operating costs, equipment purchases, rehabilitation of commercial space (including engineering, architectural and permitting fees), and on marketing expenditures.

For application assistance or questions, please contact Leigh Scrabis at

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