Wright Construction Group Breaks Ground on Fire Station 
#11 in Cape Coral

 Wright Construction Group Inc. has started construction on the Cape Coral Fire Station #11, located at 1038 Burnt Store Road N. An official groundbreaking ceremony took place Thursday, January 11, with Sweet Sparkman Architects, executives from Wright Construction Group and city officials.  

This is the first fire station built in Cape Coral since Fire Station #1 was completed in 2009. The 9,000+-square-foot fire station will require more than 6 feet of fill material to be hauled to the site to raise it above flood elevation, just over 4 feet above Burnt Store Road. The new $3,750,000 station will include two apparatus bays, stretching more than 77 feet in length. Seven bunk rooms will serve as sleeping quarters for the crews when they are on duty. A full backup generator, along with a large capacity diesel storage tank, will provide power during any storm event. A complete well and septic system were also required since there are no utilities in this part of Cape Coral. A 32,000-gallon storage tank will supplement the fire protection system.

“As the fastest-growing city in the U.S., Cape Coral is expected to experience a population increase in 2018 and beyond, so it is important now more than ever to keep residents and visitors alike safe with a state-of-the-art fire station that will become a permanent staple to this beloved community,” Fred Edman, president of Wright Construction Group, said. “To be a part of Cape Coral’s undeniably rich history, as well as one of the biggest industries in the local market, is a dream and privilege that we will never take for granted.”

For more information on this multimillion project, call 239.481.5000.

Wright Construction Group’s main office is located at 5811 Youngquist Road in Fort Myers, and its satellite office is at 1404 Dean Street, Suite 201, in downtown Fort Myers. Find Wright Construction online at WCGFL.com.

DISTRICT’S GRADUATION RATE 
HITS HIGHEST LEVEL

The Florida Department of Education has released the 2016-17 graduation rates and again, Lee County has shown improvement.

The graduation rate increased to 78.7 percent for the 2017 graduation class, the highest level attained by the district since 2010-11 when the federal rate calculation was implemented.

When the data is disaggregated further, to include only the district’s traditional noncharter schools, the graduation rate averages 88.7 percent.

“These numbers show we are heading in the right direction,” Superintendent Greg Adkins said. “Our graduation rate has exceeded our Vision 2020 target for the second year in a row and I’m extremely proud to see the rates for African-American and Hispanic students increasing by 5 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively. We continue to strengthen our systems and processes in order to increase student achievement.”

Many high schools showed improvement in graduation rates this past year. Nine of the 14 noncharter high schools increased their graduation rates in 2016-17. Eight schools graduated more than 90 percent of their students.

In 2010-11, the U.S. Department of Education mandated that a uniform calculation method be implemented nationwide. This federal method tracks a group of students from ninth to 12th grade, subtracting out students who transfer out and adding in students who enter during that time. Only standard diplomas are counted as graduates.

All-New Cape Royal Golf Club a Big Hit During Season Kickoff Event

Cape Royal Golf Club, which in 2017 underwent the start of a transformative redevelopment plan, hosted a season kickoff tournament January 13, which raised nearly $5,000 for area charities. The kickoff scramble tournament showcased new features of the course including new greens, new clubhouse design, a new bar and restaurant, updated cuisine, new bathroom facilities, new golf carts and championship service staff managed by Green Golf Partners.

Cape Royal Golf Club is a family-friendly, full-service club open to the public featuring some of the finest golf course design and mouthwatering fresh cuisine in the area. 

The Caloosa Club, the newly renovated bar/restaurant, provided dinner following the scramble. 

World Long Drive Champion Bobby Bradley of Wellington hosted a long drive contest that alone generated about $1,700 for the Cape Royal Community Foundation. The foundation donates college and university scholarships to high school golfers in the Lee and Collier County area.

Cape Royal Golf Club is located at 11460 Royal Tee Circle, Cape Coral, FL 33991. For more information, visit CapeRoyalGolfClub.com.