To me, Cape Coral is an ugly city. I can say that, because I have lived here pretty much my entire life (minus the 2 1/2 years we lived in Tampa). I really noticed it after we moved to Tampa. More specifically Westchase, which is absolutely gorgeous! Coming back to Cape Coral made me realize how boring it is visually. There are fields and houses. That’s pretty much it. However, they are really taking a step towards beautifying the city and making wonderful improvements. I am in love with all the renovations they are doing to the Kismet/Del Prado area! There is one particular corner that reminds us so much of Tampa. It’s not much…just some nice condos and a Publix Shopping Center…but it’s nice. Beautiful green grass, winding sidewalks…that’s all I ask for. Not too much. (I secretly get bummed every time I drive through that area because we made an offer on a house right by there, but our offer was rejected! I know that it worked out the way it did for a reason and I don’t want to have any regrets in life…but that would have been nice to live in such a developing area!)  One thing that really bothered me about the Cape is the lack of sidewalks. But they are making improvements throughout. We get so excited when we are driving down the street and we see construction! Construction used to always bother the junk out of me…but now…it just lets me know that they are improving!!  It’s funny that if I make a conscious effort, I can literally see Cape Coral differently. Say I’m driving down the road and I look around, if I envision myself being in a different place, some other tropical place, say Key West just for example, Cape Coral can totally be that place! I love that there are palm trees all over the place. It adds so much beauty!  Only in certain areas, of course. Like this morning I had to run out to take a few pics for my job, and I stopped to get gas at the Mobil Station off Santa Barbara. As I was sitting there waiting…I was looking around and thought, “This really is a beautiful place!” There were palm trees and other greenery all around, nice new buildings, and it was right before sunrise, which is my second favorite time of the day. The longer and harder I look, Cape Coral is and will be even more a very beautiful place. I guess that they had vision when they made the statement, “Cape Coral – it’s just Paradise”! I’m slowly realizing that that just may be true! :)  For this time and place in my life…I’m glad we live here! :)