The ads promised paradise, “Legendary Lazy Living” in a “Waterfront Wonderland.” The brochures sold the Florida dream, “an enchanted City-in-the-Making (average temperature: 71.2 degrees)” without winter, worries or state income taxes. Cape Coral was America’s land of tomorrow, just $20 down and $20 a month for a quarter-acre slice of heaven: “Breathtaking, isn’t it? How could it be otherwise when Nature was so lavishly generous to begin with?”
The Raso family moved from Pittsburgh to Cape Coral on September 14, 1960, lured by that sunny vision of affordable utopia. At the time, the vision was just about all there was. The City-in-the-Making was still mostly uninhabitable swampland, with just a few dozen homes along a few mosquito-swarmed dirt roads. “We were pioneers in a station wagon instead of a covered wagon,” recalls Gloria Raso Tate, who was 9 years old when she piled into the back seat with her three sisters and a mutt named Peppy.
Babcock Ranch offers more for a growing family than the average town. What sets us apart as one of the best places to raise a family is our commitment to your family's future, access to…Read More
The full day of educational activities will take place at Babcock Ranch and will be powered by Florida Power & Light Company. FORT MYERS, Fla., March 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Edison Awards is pleased to announce…Read More
This video from November's event highlights the talented artists and food trucks you'll find in Founder's Square this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance purchase tickets required at BabcockRanchArtShow.com.Read More