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Old 07-31-2015, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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Does anyone have an explanation why much of cape coral looks like a Kansas prairie? Was all that land cleared at some point, or is it naturally like this? Did the canal system cause the ground water table to drop,making it so that the native vegetation can't survive? It just looks so different from everything else around.
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Old 07-31-2015, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Florida Space Coast
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Does anyone have an explanation why much of cape coral looks like a Kansas prairie? Was all that land cleared at some point, or is it naturally like this? Did the canal system cause the ground water table to drop,making it so that the native vegetation can't survive? It just looks so different from everything else around.
during the development stage the rosen bros clear cut the entire vegetation and burned it. then they dug canals and used the fill from the canals to raise the elevation level . If you drive to the northwest section above kismet that is what the area naturally looked like. the SE was very sandy. some parts were a little marshy. Now they mow all the vacant lots so nothing will grow. This helps prevent wild fires, insects , and snakes. eventually as the area gets built up homeowners will plant trees. believe it or not it looks a lot better than it did 5 years ago.
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:24 AM
 
Location: North Port,FL
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For more great information about the history of Cape Coral read the book "Lies That Came True". Another good one is "the Other Side Of the River Historical Cape Coral".
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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Cape Coral is one of the many areas throughout Florida that were developed during the 50's. The Rosen's would bring people in by the busload to sell "Swampland" in Florida.
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