Cape Coral and Southwest Florida Feature Stories

Cabbage Key - A Million Miles Away...ten miles from home

Cabbage Key - Florida - Pine Island Sound

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip,
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.”

The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island
George Wyle and Sherwood Schwartz

It was only supposed to be a three hour tour.  The game plan was simple: take a short and scenic cruise on Pine Island sound, grab a cheeseburger in paradise and catch the return boat back home.  A three hour tour, five at most, just a small dose of the local waterways, that’s all we wanted.

Across the Sanibel causeway we drove, heading for McCarthy’s Marina on Captiva Island.  Not a cloud in the sky.  Light traffic and lush, tropical foliage surrounded us.  Glimpses of glistening water and quiet beaches tucked themselves between trees and down side streets and driveways.

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Cape Coral - Let There Be Trees

Back in the second half of the 1950's, the Rosen brothers bought the 7,000 acres of wetlands destined to become the first part of Cape Coral. The land needed to be developed. Canals had to be dug. Lots needed to be plotted. This was an enormous piece of property they were preparing for future greatness. Plenty of work needed to be done, but there was one major obstacle in the way...thousands of trees.

Visit Cape Coral today, almost 50 years later, and you won't need to look too far to realize how the Rosen's solved this pesky little problem of theirs. They clear-cut the entire city down to flat land and started from scratch. Within a few years the majority of Cape Coral went from mangrove swamp to giant sandbox. The sheer magnitude of this project in city building forced their hands. There really was no other way to do it. And if they tried to do it today, they wouldn't be allowed. Nesting birds, rare frogs and endangered turtles would surely shut their dreams down before they even began.

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