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A look back to 1970

August 26, 2010
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

(Editor's note: Cape Coral was incorporated in 1970. Here's a glimpse of the headline news items from that year published in The Breeze.)

January

Ground broken for 850-seat movie theater

Gulf American now GAC Properties

Harry James, band perform at Country Club

Toll on Cape Bridge reduced from 15 cents to 10 cents

February

Construction of new Sheriff's Substation begins near Cape Coral Bridge

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Bealton - and their triplets, Joel Jr., Jeanne and John - move to Cape

GAC announces plans for Gateway City in Collier County

Bill formally requesting incorporation referendum presented to legislative delegates

Inaugural banquet launches Board of Realtors

March

Over 1,200 tickets sold for Kiwanis Pancake breakfast

80 try out for four Little League teams

New First Baptist Church sanctuary ready

New Sheriff's Substation at Cape Bridge ready

April

FSU ends UF's 5-year run as champs of GAC Intercollegiate Golf Classic

Rosenbergs open "Gourmet's Delight" on Cape Coral Parkway

Little League season opens

Cape voter registration tops 5,200

Population tops 14,000

May

Over 1,000 attend Legion's Pancake Day

Plans for middle school, new elementary unveiled

Cape's Paul Latham named outstanding athlete of year at Cypress Lake High

Texas couple drives 10 millionth vehicle to cross Cape Bridge

June

Cape incorporation bill introduced in House

1,400 enjoy Shriner's first Pancake Day at Yacht Club

Cape incorporation bill OK'd by Senate

July

County Commission to vote on incorporation issue

Population tops 14,500

Bridge tolls to increase to 12.5 cents

August

Car wash opens at Texaco on Del Prado

Voters approve incorporation, 2,067 to 1,798

Cape Elementary School hours set: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cape Coral Cinema opens

Permits issued for St. Andrew education facility; laundry/dry cleaning business on Cape Coral Parkway

September

Cape Coral Gardens close

Cape Elementary enrollment at 802

Population tops 15,000

10 candidates qualify for city council posts

October

Cape Coral Gardens star "Rocky" dies

40 candidates seek city manager's position

125 attend German American Oktoberfest at Fire Hall

Weaver's Office Supply, Wonderland Realty, Del Prado Upholstery Western Auto to open in new Andre Building on Del Prado

November

City council primary election held

Moose celebrate opening of lodge on Pine Island Road

Cape's first council elected; 4,022 cast ballots

December

1,600 attend Shriner's Pancake Breakfast at Yacht Club

Palmetto Pines Country Club opens

Paul Fickinger tabbed first city mayor

Population tops 15,500

 
 
 

 

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