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After any natural disaster, debris removal is one of the biggest recovery tasks. This cleanup effort will take time and it will not be concluded until all neighborhoods are cleared. This website is your comprehensive source for information concerning the recovery efforts in Cape Coral.
HURRICANE DEBRIS REMOVAL:
Debris removal is underway, to expedite debris removal in residential areas, we are asking residents to please comply with the following:
- Place debris curbside for collection crews ensuring that it is not in the roadway.
- Keep separate piles for vegetative debris and construction debris including building materials. Appliances should also be in a separate pile.
- Do not place bagged yard waste in your debris piles.
- It’s important to know that mixed piles will not be picked up.
- Please be patient. Your street will eventually be cleared of debris.
Residents should continue to follow their normal schedule and guidelines for Waste Pro pickup of household trash, recycling and non-hurricane yard waste. It is important to keep items for Waste Pro pickup separate from hurricane debris. For more information about separating hurricane debris see the FEMA guidelines.
The debris removal map illustrates where crews are currently working and where the first pickup has been completed. The map is updated frequently. It is too difficult to accurately determine when your storm debris will be picked up because the number of crews can vary day-to-day as does the equipment.
There is a residential drop-off site for residents who wish to transport their vegetative/horticultural debris ONLY to this area. See the map on the left menu of this page for directions to the site. The site is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The closing date for the site is yet to be determined and any information related to a closing date and/or changing hours of operation will be posted on this page. ONLY vegetative debris can be dropped off at the site. Proof of Cape Coral residency will be required (e.g. driver’s license, utility bill, etc.) This site is only available to City of Cape Coral residents. Commercial contractors will not be allowed to use this site and will be required to use their normal debris disposal sites.
Approximately 25 contracted crews, plus additional City staff, are picking up debris seven days a week from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Pickup began in the areas with the highest volume of debris and greatest population densities. Based on the availability of contract crews and equipment, it is estimated that the first pickup for all residents is to be completed mid-November.
Due to widespread damages throughout the state, contracted debris crews are in high demand and their resources are scattered thin. This unprecedented event which impacted a large portion of the state and followed another major hurricane, delayed the debris removal process that was expected to begin on Sept. 18. Instead, the City began picking up debris on Sept. 20.
DEBRIS REMOVAL IN CANALS: Debris removal began in the canals the week of Oct. 9 and is expected to take approximately three months to complete. Residents are advised to avoid boating in canals until all debris is removed due to possible obstructions under the surface of the water that may not be visible and could cause damage to vessels.
WASTE PRO/TRASH PICKUP:
Waste Pro has resumed normal collection services to view the normal service schedule visit the Waste Pro web site. For FEMA reimbursement purposes, Waste Pro will only be picking up non-storm related yard waste in accordance with the guidelines. Storm related debris should not be mixed with non-storm related yard waste. Please call 3-1-1 to report any issues concerning missed pickups.
IMPORTANT SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS:
BOATING SAFETY: Residents are advised to avoid boating in canals until all debris is removed due to possible obstructions under the surface of the water that may not be visible and could cause damage to vessels.
POOL SAFETY: Having a barrier around a pool is a requirement to prevent drowning and now there may be hurricane damaged fences, screens and/or pool cages that pose a danger. Code Compliance is giving people a reasonable amount of time to address hurricane related repairs, but life safety issues will be addressed immediately.
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 email@example.com.
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: For disaster assistance from the FEMA, individuals can register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, use the FEMA app or call (800) 621-3361. Applicants will receive a unique number once registration is complete. The registration number should be saved. For information about what to expect after you register online click here. The registration deadline is Nov. 10 for FEMA assistance.
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA): Individuals may qualify for assistance from the SBA even if they are not a business. Register online at www.sba.gov/disaster. The registration deadline is Nov. 9.
SEAWALL DAMAGES: For assistance related to seawall damage, please review this press release from Lee County Emergency Management. For information concerning PACE financing, City staff are reviewing providers and gathering information. Once finalized, interlocal agreements must be entered into with the providers and approved by Council. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.
MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE: There may be mortgage assistance available to homeowners who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. Each lender is different. Contact your mortgage company for relief options and specifics. For more information, visit the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
NORTH 2 UTILITIES EXTENSION PROJECT (UEP): The City extended the prepayment period for property owners in the North 2 UEP to prepay assessments and capital facility expansion charges with no added interest costs. The initial prepayment period is being extended to October 31, 2017. The “second” prepayment period will begin November 1, 2017 and continue through July 31, 2018. Property owners can prepay any assessments or capital facility charges during this period; however, interest costs will be added to the assessments.
TO REPORT ANY NON-EMERGENCY ISSUES OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE DIAL 3-1-1. PLEASE HAVE SPECIFIC LOCATION INFORMATION AVAILABLE IF REPORTING A DAMAGED STREET SIGN, POTHOLE, ETC.