Southwest Florida

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South Cape Coral - Bild © Pawlik Corp 2012Cape Coral is a young city, even by European standards, started by a late 50’s immigration boom. In 1957, the "Gulf American Land Corporation", visited the lands north of the Caloosahatchee River owned by brothers Leonard, and Jack Rosen. Their goal was to transform this area, which later became known as “Cape Coral” into a “Waterway Wonderland”. Everywhere in the vicinity land was crisscrossed with canals and roads. Overall, Cape Coral now offers 400 miles (640 km) of waterways and canals, some with access to the Gulf of Mexico.


The first houses were built in 1958. Thanks to an active campaign, the town grew rapidly although many of the homebuyers regretfully had to discover that their prized acquisitions were in fact miles from any construct of civilization whether it be the grocery store, or a barber. Others were more fortunate, or informed themselves thoroughly before buying, and were able to acquire a piece of land whose value has multiplied over time.


Cape Coral is geographically the second largest city in Florida.

 

Cape Coral Bridge - Cape Coral, FL - Bild © Pawlik Corp 2012In 1964 the Cape Coral Bridge was built, creating a more convenient method of travel to it’s industrial counterpart, Fort Myers. Due to the large population growth the need for a second bridge was inevitable and it was finally built in 1997, named the Midpoint Bridge.

The oldest part of Cape Coral, the "Yacht Club" is located in the southeast corner, and was built in the 1960s. Other areas followed such as the so-called "Gold Coast" in the east, and the "Pelican Area" in the south.

In 1970 Cape Coral became officially announced as a city. It possesses 170,000 inhabitants during regular summer time, although come Winter the population spikes, growing by 20,000 or more due to the so-called “Snow Birds” coming down from the North to enjoy a less frigid winter.