City to Host Open House for Embers Parkway Median Improvement Project
GREAT OPPORTUNITY! For those of you who are interested in median beautification here is a chance to weigh in! You may have heard through the NWNA meetings or bulletins or maybe on Nextdoor about the two median beautification programs available in the city. There is the City managed 5-year Median Improvement Program and the residents/business-managed Median Beautification Program.
The City is working on a Median Improvement Project on Embers Parkway between Burnt Store and Old Burnt Store Road. The project includes both median beautification and access management elements. The project was delayed for a bit due to IAN and other issues but it is picking up steam again. The city would like to hear your thoughts by attending an OPEN HOUSE Wednesday, June 28, from 4 - 6 p.m. at the City of Cape Coral Public Works Building, 815 Nicholas Parkway East. After the meeting, there may be an opportunity to hear about other beautification projects underway by the Friends of the Cape Coral Environment organization.
Leaders Against Litter Program
Concept for a program to plan, schedule, and conduct twice yearly (as a minimum) city-wide neighborhood cleanups (like the NWNA trash bash) has been accepted by City Council.
The program is on the back burner until hurricane recovery issues are completed. Each district council person will identify and appoint a district captain and together with the Keep Lee County Beautiful (KLCB) organization , city code enforcement, and public works crews will conduct the cleanups according to the program requirements.
Anticipated kickoff for this program is end of 1Q 2023.
1. Minor damage to the Demonstration Median on Ceitus Parkway occurred as a result of hurricane Ian. NWNA members have conducted a cleanup here and the city has been in touch to identify the issues including plants that need re-staking or removal and replacement of the Experience Real Estate donor sign. It appears that all Royal Palms will recover. City maintenance will be addressed at the appropriate time, likely in 1Q 2023.
2. Discussions on improvements to the median in front of Joe Stonis Park (currently planted with 12 Adonidia Palms) were conducted with the City and Danny Yates Landscaping in September. Several questions were posed to the city on curbing, irrigation, plants selection, etc. that will affect what can be accomplished with limited resources. Still waiting for responses to the questions posed but this project is on the back burner and unlikely to be activated before 2Q 2023
3. Median beautification projects in SWCC on Sands, Agualinda, and Savona Parkway are approved and funded but on hold pending completion of hurricane recovery efforts by the city. These projects are anticipated to get underway in 1Q 2023.
4. A $6500 median beautification grant was received from LCEC for projects in SWCC. Grants requests from Cape Coral Community Foundation and Smith Family Horticultural Trust were unsuccessful. Additional fund raising activities are being planned.
Join us on Friday, August 26, at 10:00 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ceitus Parkway Median for the Adopt-A-Median Project
The ceremony will be held at the intersection of Ceitus Parkway and SW 38th Place. The public is welcome to attend.
Beautifying Cape Coral is a priority for the NWNA because you made it so. One effort underway that is already making an impact on the beauty of our city is the Adopt-a-Median program. The first median in this new program is completed. Funded by generous donations from Arnold Roberts Signature Homes, Inc., and Experience Real Estate Group, LLC, the median is located just east of Sirenia Vista Park on Ceitus Parkway. The project was led by the Cape Coral Friends of the Environment, our 501 (c)(3) sister organization.
The City of Cape Coral is also a partner in the program and was instrumental in making it happen. Check it out (see photo). It’s a shining example of what we can do when we all work together toward a common goal. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held shortly, and I will let you know the details when it is announced. I would love to see you there.
The median on Ceitus was funded by the two aforementioned businesses and it sets a high bar on what we can make the bare medians look like. Additional medians will take additional funding and donations, so I come to the purpose for this message.
On May 21, 2022, a fundraiser will be held at the Yacht Club from 6-9 pm for the purpose of raising additional funds for the program. It will also raise awareness. If you would like to participate in the fundraiser, admission is $25 per seat for 7 rounds of Bingo with prizes. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided (or BYOB). We expect attendance to be around 300 people, so it’s a great opportunity to meet others who are interested in making our city an even more beautiful place to live. In addition to the bingo games, raffle tickets will available for purchase with chances for door prizes, basket raffles, and special raffles for larger prizes such as kayaks and iPad Air. As of today, over 80 businesses have donated to the event.
Please consider attending. Details are included in the flyer below. For tickets contact Tricia White at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is expected to sell out so it is unlikely that tickets will be available at the door.