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Cape Coral Recognized in Top 50 Leading Fleets 2021

November 30, 2021

The City of Cape Coral’s Fleet Management Division has once again earned a spot on the “Top 50 Leading Fleets” by Government Fleet magazine and the American Public Works Association.  The awards program recognizes operations performing at a high level particularly in fleet leadership, competitiveness, efficiency, planning for the future and overcoming challenges.  This is the fourth consecutive year Cape Coral has been recognized with the prestigious annual award for being the best of the best.   

The 50 Leading Fleets were judged by a panel of their peers and represent the best in the industry.  Judges rank their selections for the top 50 government fleets, which include both United States and Canadian agencies.  Cape Coral, is listed among well-known larger competitors such as San Diego, San Antonio, and Phoenix. 

Cape Coral attained an ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Shop designation for both 2020 & 2021, one of only 175 government entities that currently have this recognition.  Over 75% of Fleet Management technicians are ASE certified, offering the best, most qualified service to the community.

AJ Forbes, Fleet Manager, is extremely proud of his team.  “Fleet Management staff go above and beyond to keep the City’s instrumental resources in a safe, ready condition.  We support departments that provide critical services to the community and we literally keep them moving.”  The Fleet Division maintains and services an assortment of over 1,700 assets, ranging from bobcats to fire trucks.  The City’s fleet encompasses over 20 departments, including the highly visible response vehicles for Public Works, Utilities, Fire, and Police, and the bus line for the Charter Schools.   

Rob Hernandez, Cape Coral City Manager, cited the City’s strong support for infrastructure.  “Fleet Management is one of many important underlying functions of the City.  Every branch of community service Cape Coral provides is supplemented by the direct support of City vehicles and equipment.  Ensuring we can properly accommodate resident needs is our priority and a fully functional fleet is imperative to that purpose.”

The full listing of the 2021 Leading Fleets is available on the Government Fleet magazine website, Announcing the 2021 Leading Fleets - Operations - Government Fleet (

Fleet Management is a division within the Public Works Department and is responsible for equipment services including: vehicle and equipment maintenance and repair, governmental and environmental compliance, specification development, acquisition, disposal, and the purchase of fuel for City vehicles and equipment.  Fleet Management is located at the Everest Complex, just south of the Midpoint Bridge, in one of the oldest standing buildings in the City.  Built on approximately 4 acres of land, the Everest Fleet Management facility consists of 10,000 square feet of building space consisting of service shops for heavy equipment, cars and light trucks, and emergency response vehicles.  Over its 60-year growth period, the City of Cape Coral has grown its fleet from about 20 to over 1,700 assets.