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FINAL PASS OF DEBRIS REMOVAL COMPLETE
December 1, 2017
CANAL DEBRIS CLEANUP:
Multiple crews working in different areas of the City are cleaning the hurricane debris from canals. All waterways are expected to be cleared of debris in January 2018.
Please note: In the freshwater canal system, access to trees that have fallen into the canal can only be made via nearby vacant land. Bridges restrict the movement of barges that carry large pieces of heavy equipment used for tree removal. If necessary, a path to the canal across a vacant lot may be cut resulting in the removal of other trees/plants for safety purposes and access to the fallen tree. The trees being cut down by the contractor are mainly invasive to Florida including; Australian pines and Brazilian pepper-trees. There is no plan to replace these trees. This cleanup process is proceeding as quickly and efficiently as possible and in accordance with FEMA approved guidelines.
WASTE PRO/TRASH PICKUP:
Horticulture for Waste Pro pickup must meet the normal pickup guidelines.
IMPORTANT SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS:
BOATING SAFETY: Residents are advised to avoid boating in canals until all debris is removed (estimated January 2018) due to possible obstructions under the surface of the water that may not be visible and could cause damage to vessels.
SEARCHING FOR LICENSED CONTRACTORS:
The City of Cape Coral urges residents to follow the instructions below to search for licensed contractors online or call the City’s Code Compliance Division at (239)574-0613 to verify whether a contractor has the appropriate licensing prior to signing any contracts and/or paying for services.
To search for a licensed contractor online please use the City's eTRAKIT database.
1. Select "Search Contractors" under the "Contractor" menu option.
2. In the "Search By" drop down menu choose license type or company name.
3. Leave "contains" in the search option.
4. Enter the license type (e.g. plumbing, roofing) or the company name in the empty search box and click "Search".
5. THE CONTRACTOR'S STATUS IS ONLY CURRENT IF THE STATUS COLUMN INDICATES ACTIVE. If the status column is any thing other than active the license is NOT current.
**EXAMPLE: To search for a licensed contractor for seawall or other marine repairs/improvements enter "marine" as the license type in the empty search box**
REPORTING UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS:
To report an unlicensed contractor performing work in the City of Cape Coral, call (239) 242-3873 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HURRICANE IRMA PERMIT FEE WAIVERS: Resolution 190-17, adopted by the Cape Coral City Council on October 3, 2017, temporarily waives base permit fees for permit applications related to repairing or replacing seawalls, pool enclosures, fences, sheds, roofs, or electrical systems damaged by Hurricane Irma submitted between October 3, 2017 through December 29, 2017. For more information, visit the Permitting page on the City's website.
FEMA ASSISTANCE: The deadline has passed to register for disaster assistance from FEMA. Applicants may appeal an initial FEMA determination letter, for more information click this link.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA): The deadline has passed for SBA physical damage disaster assistance but businesses that suffered economic injury (loss of revenue) are still eligible for support.