Cape Coral is located in Southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. The city is the largest between Tampa and Miami and grew to a population of approx. 155 000 by the year of 2010. Cape Coral is known as a "Waterfront Wonderland", as with over 400 miles (640 km) of navigable waterways and canals, it has more miles of canals than any other city in the world.
Cape Coral was founded in 1957. The two brothers, Leonard and Jack Rosen, purchased a tract known as Redfish point in that year and began development of the city as a master-planned community in 1958. The Gulf American Corporation was formed to develop the area. Canals were dug, streets paved, houses and businesses built. Cape Coral was promoted like no other Florida development. Celebrities were brought in to tout the benefits of "the Cape", as it is known locally, and development has steadily been continued.
A major addition for Cape Coral was the construction of the Cape Coral Bridge across the Caloosahatchee River, which opened in 1964. The city incorporated in 1970 and its population continued to grow rapidly. In 1997 the Midpoint Bridge was finished and brought Cape Coral and Fort Myers even closer.
The climate is mild and warm. The summers are very warm and humid. The winters in Cape Coral are dry with moderate temperatures. The area averages 355 days of sunshine each year.