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An astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) used the highest power lens available to document the complex patterns around Cape Coral, a master-planned city born in 1957. The development is a hub of the Fort Myers metropolitan area—one of the youngest cities in the United States and home to 680,000 people. Cape Coral is also known to some as the “Waterfront Wonderland.” Many of the dark lines through this development on the Gulf of Mexico are not streets but a vast network of constructed canals totaling more than 400 miles (640 kilometers)—perhaps the longest canal shoreline in the world. The canal system is so extensive that local ecology and tides have been affected. Boat wakes (image center) appear as thin white lines on the wide Caloosahatchee River, which separates Cape Coral from Iona. The Caloosahatchee has been extensively engineered to assist river traffic. One such channel is the straight line (top left) cutting through the small islands, or keys. The 3,400 feet (1,000 meter) long Cape Coral Bridge (lower right) was opened in early 1964, just a few years after the founding of the city. The bridge significantly reduces travel times to the cities of Iona and Fort Myers on the opposite side of the river. Another bridge (on the left) leads to Sanibel Island, a popular tourist destination. Many of the shorelines are extensively covered by mangrove wetlands. Several areas in the region are protected, partly because mangroves protect coastlines against erosion. Manatees abound in the waters of Florida, and a wildlife refuge for manatees has been established on San Carlos Bay. by ISS Expedition 47 crew. Caption by M. Justin Wilkinson, Texas State University, Jacobs Contract at NASA-JSC. is licensed under Public domain
Cape Coral Florida
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Cape Coral, FL can be a good place for older adults to live for several reasons:

  1. Climate: Cape Coral enjoys a warm and sunny climate throughout the year, which can be appealing to older adults who prefer milder temperatures. The pleasant weather allows for outdoor activities and a relaxed lifestyle.

  2. Senior-Friendly Communities: Cape Coral has a significant population of older adults, and there are several senior-friendly communities and retirement communities in the area. These communities often offer amenities, social activities, and support services tailored to the needs and preferences of older residents.

  3. Healthcare Facilities: Cape Coral has healthcare facilities, medical centers, and specialized care providers to cater to the healthcare needs of older adults. Additionally, the neighboring city of Fort Myers offers additional healthcare options, including hospitals and medical specialists.

  4. Recreational Activities: Cape Coral is known for its access to waterways, including canals and the Gulf of Mexico. This provides opportunities for boating, fishing, and other water-based recreational activities. The city also has parks, golf courses, and walking trails that can contribute to an active and engaging lifestyle.

  5. Affordability: Compared to some other Florida cities, Cape Coral is relatively affordable, especially when it comes to housing costs. This can be beneficial for older adults who are looking for a cost-effective place to live.

  6. Community Support: Cape Coral has resources and support services for older adults, including senior centers, social programs, and organizations that promote the well-being and engagement of older residents. These services can help foster a sense of community and provide assistance when needed.

  7. Access to Amenities: Cape Coral offers a range of amenities, including shopping centers, restaurants, and cultural attractions. The city has a growing number of dining and entertainment options that cater to a diverse population.

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Our neighborhood is a very good place for the elderly and young people. We have bike paths and sidewalks so activity is readily available on many levels. People are friendly and you can interact as little or as much as you like.

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The community is nice.

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I live in a nice neighborhood that has a lot of older people. We have a bike path and sidewalk so a lot of foot traffic. I wave and say hello to everybody but I don't usually engage in conversation. I know several of my neighbors and found out during hurricane Ian that they are very nice and kind. I try to be the same but as far as recommending a certain area to live I feel it's very specific for everybody. You have to get a feel for a neighborhood and everybody does that differently. I love my neighborhood.

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I think the weather is the biggest asset here. There are a lot of older people who live here so kind of a built in group to try and blend with.

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