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Thank you, Cape Rotary clubs

September 4, 2015
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Cape Coral service organizations are known for their dedication to the "service" component of the designation.

This week, Cape Coral's three Rotary clubs teamed up again to hammer that emphasis home.


In response to residents, who for years have been asking for the city to foster a community garden program, Rotary has offered to fund the groundbreaking for the Cape's first effort.

With Council's approval now in hand, the clubs will contribute $30,000, some grant money the clubs hope to attain, and the labor needed to develop a city-owned lot near city hall into 52 10-foot by 10-foot, ready-to-plant gardening plots.

As proposed, the project will be bordered, have a shaded sitting area and a shed for gardening equipment storage. Irrigation will be made available throughout the site.

Thanks to Rotary, the construction won't cost the city any money and would-be vegetable gardeners will be able to "rent" a plot for just $50 a year and, hopefully, the donation of any excess produce to the Cape Coral Caring Center.

It's a great initiative and we thank the Cape's Rotary clubs for making it possible.

Rotary Club members have done a great deal for the city.

The big one, of course, is the development of Rotary Park, another major project undertaken by all three Rotary clubs.

The clubs spent nearly a decade to make the park a reality, spending five years in permitting alone before they could even begin working on the 97-acre city-owned site.

Using money raised and grant money the clubs sought and obtained, Rotary invested an estimated $3.5 million in the park/ preserve, including $550,000 for the interpretive center and another $650,000 or so in the boardwalk and tower.

Hundreds upon hundreds of "sweat equity" hours went into the construction of an 1,800 foot long berm along with the planting of numerous trees.

The playground at Skyline Elementary School?

Another Rotary project.

Other initiatives on the individual club level include two of the Cape's most popular events: The Rotary Club of Cape Coral's Art Festival, held since 1985, and the Cardboard Boat Regatta. Both are major fund raisers for the club's projects.

Others include "Rotary's Got Game," an athletics distribution program for kids looking to play baseball, soccer, football, basketball and more, and scholarship programs for deserving local seniors.

Rotarians are among the people who make Cape Coral a great place to live. We thank the clubs' members for their efforts over the years. You have made a difference.

- Breeze editorial



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