|Waste Pro is reporting staffing shortages due to COVID-19, and in response, the City of Cape Coral is advising residents they may experience delays in yard waste pickup beginning Monday, January 10.
Cape Coral residents should continue to put out their garbage, recycling, bulk waste, and yard waste on their normally scheduled days.
To help mitigate Waste Pro’s current staffing challenges, the City has asked the company to prioritize utilizing the majority of Waste Pro’s available staff on the collection of garbage, recycling, and large bulky waste items, and then yard waste.
Residents should know:
If you experience delayed service regarding yard waste, recycling, trash or bulky waste you are encouraged to report missed pick-ups to the City Call Center at 311.
The City and Waste Pro are asking residents to be please mindful of the amount of yard waste they place at the curb and reduce it, if possible.
Regular collections will resume as soon as collection crews are able to return to work.
*These changes do not impact the switch to Same-Day Pick-Up or the Bulk Waste Drop-Off Site. Same-Day Pick-Up will commence Monday, January 10, and the Bulk Waste Drop-Off Site is scheduled to open Tuesday, January 11.
|City employees here in Cape Coral have chosen to collaborate with and give back to the community in many ways. Their efforts benefit several outstanding local organizations that support people in need right here in Cape Coral.
The Cape Coral Police Department gives back annually through its Fill the Boat Toy Drive, 3H Exchange Food and Toy Drive, Shop with a Cop Event, and Holiday Heroes Food Drive. The Cape Coral Police Department collected toys to provide to local children in Cape Coral in hopes of brightening their Holiday Season. The department raised over $2,600.00 in monetary donations and $100.00 in gift cards used to purchase additional items for families with teenagers. During Shop with a Cop, police officers were paired with local children selected through an application process, and a gift card was provided by the "Do the Right Thing Program" so that the children could buy a gift for themselves and a family member. During the 3H Exchange Food and Toy Drive, the Cape Coral Police Department had donation bins in the lobby of their headquarters where people could drop off donations for the 3H Exchange that went to homeless, in need students and their families throughout the Lee County School District. During the Holiday Heroes Food Drive, Cape Coral Police Officers were stationed at the city's two Neighborhood Walmart locations. They collected 2,673 pounds of food and $2,239.59 in cash for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. These donations will go directly to those in need right here in our area.
Throughout December, the Cape Coral Fire Department collected toys and gifts for children in our community who have special needs, suffer from chronic illnesses such as cancer, are in foster care, or have families struggling with financial difficulties. Cape Coral Fire Department collected donations for boys and girls of all ages (newborn to 17 years). With these efforts, the Fire Department was able to give each of the children with the foster families a gift from the man in red himself at this year's Breakfast with Santa event in December.
Finally, the entire staff came together in another initiative last month. The City of Cape Coral collected nearly 1000 lbs. of food during our recent employee food drive benefiting Cape Coral Caring Center, an emergency food pantry for SWFL and partner of the United Way.
Our employees have joined forces with hard-working organizations and given back to the community in various ways. These are just a few. Cape Coral is a great place to live and work because of the relationships forged between our local city staff, key organizations with the mission to give back to those in need, and residents of Cape Coral.
Bulky Waste Now Included in Same-Day Trash Collection
Cape Coral is teaming up with Waste Pro to start the New Year with a clean slate.
Beginning the week of January 10th, bulk waste, garbage, recycling, and yard waste will all be collected on the same day.
Be a part of the solution, not pollution!
Utility Bill Updates
There are some updates and improvements coming soon in the new year that will make it easier to access and manage all your water bill information in one place!
Stay tuned to our city website for more information at the link below
Bulk Waste Drop-Off Site for Residents Set to Open January 11th
The bulk waste drop-off site is a pilot program that will be implemented for one year. After evaluating public response, the City will decide whether or not to open a permanent location. The site will operate Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The bulk waste drop-off site is located on the west side of the North Cape Government Complex. The address for the complex is 1200 Kismet Parkway; however, the bulk-drop off site entrance is off NW 14th Avenue, at the western portion of the complex.
In addition, don't forget about the quarterly drop-off event located at City Hall, 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral. It will take place on Saturday, February 5, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and provides residents an opportunity to bring and properly dispose of bulk items and chemical waste.
Irrigation Water Storage Tanks Construction Begins
The SW Pine Island Water Storage Tanks project is currently under construction. It is located in an existing commercial area on Commercial Park Place, about one block north of SW Pine Island Rd. The project consists of two (2) 5 million gallon storage tanks and high service pumps to store and deliver treated irrigation water to north and west Cape Coral residents. During peak City watering times, irrigation piping alone does not hold enough water to meet residents' demands. Tanks and pumping facilities can store water during low demand periods and deliver them at the required pressures during high demand periods to offset peak demand.
The current project construction cost is $11.4M and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.
Nicholas Parkway East Improvements Update
The city of Cape Coral is beginning a construction project to replace water mains and install new storm drainage along an approximately 1-2 mile area of Nicholas Parkway East from Santa Barbara Boulevard to Country Club Boulevard. Other improvements consist of installing a new curb and gutter and wale work. The roadway pavement will be reconstructed to help motorists better navigate the curves along the parkway. Early offsite work includes constructing storm drainage improvements from Nicholas Parkway East north along SE 2nd Avenue, east on SE 10th Term north on Se 1st Pl, then east between the houses located on the south side of SE 9th Ter and Hunter's Run Golf Club. More information will be mailed to residents and businesses in a project newsletter later this month. We encourage you to visit the project website now at www.NicholasParkwayEast.com and sign up for construction updates.
Parks and Recreation
GO Bond Updates
After breaking ground in the fall, the selected contractor, Waypoint, began park construction at Cultural Park and Gator Circle Park on Monday, January 3. The initial work will consist of setting up erosion and site control fencing and then performing any vegetative clearing and rough grading of the site. This work will be followed by the installation of storm drain pipes and detention ponds.
In addition, Cape Coral City Council received a quarterly update on the status of the entire Parks GO Bond during the Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, December 8.
Much of the Council's discussion focused on the renovations at the Yacht Club Community Park, which are scheduled to begin in April 2022, and anticipated two-year park closure during construction due to safety concerns. For more details on the Yacht Club Community Park project, visit www.CCYachtClub.com.
Parks and Recreation Winter/Spring Program Guide Now Available
Be sure to check out the new 2022 Winter/Spring Program Guide which contains details about all of the programs, day trips, and special events being offered in January-April.
In addition to the electronic version, a limited supply of printed copies are available to pick up at all of our Recreation Centers, Cape Coral's two public libraries and City Hall.
* Note: The online version is completely interactive with over 300 links making it even easier to get details and register online!