New Residents Guide

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD!

Welcome to SW Florida!

You have made the right decision to move to paradise. We realize there is much to think about when making a move…..new city, new friends, new places the list can sometimes be endless. To help make your experience less stressful, we have compiled a list of resources to help you get started in your new home. This booklet includes everything from registering your car to setting up utilities, with city office locations and police information.

This is our way of saying,” Welcome to the neighborhood!”

We thank you for choosing us as your real estate partner. Did you know our business is based on referrals? Your personal referral is the greatest compliment we can receive. We are here to help you, your friends and family members as each chapter of life unfolds. When you know of a friend, co- worker, or family member who has a real estate need, will you contact us? We will work in their best interest and help them find their dream home.

We appreciate feedback! Please feel free to tell us about your experience with our company. Contact us via email, doug@stokesflorida.com. Be sure to continue exploring our web site for guides filled with valuable information to help you learn more about SW Florida. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship!

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New Resident Guide

ANIMAL LICENSE

Lee County Animal Control

5600 Banner Drive, Ft. Myers, FL

(239) 432-2083,  http://www.leelostpets.com

Mon-Sat, 8:00am-4:00pm.

What:  Lee County pet license Pickup stray animals, Animal cruelty complaints, Nuisance domestic animals. Who:  If you and your pet (dog, cat, ferret) live in Lee County for 3 consecutive months, you must have your pet(s) licensed in Lee County.  If not, you may face a fine.

How Much: License cost is $35(one year) if animal is unsterilized or sterilized, $15 (one year) if sterilized and microchipped.

AUTO REGISTRATION

Lee County Tax Collector Main Office – http://www.leetc.com/

2480 Thompson Street, Fort Myers, FL

1039 SE 9th Place, Cape Coral, FL

All Offices: (239) 533-6000

When: Within 10 days of making Florida your permanent residency (i.e.; registering your children in school, beginning employment, filing homestead status).  If Florida is not to be your permanent residency, cars don’t have to be registered in FL (migrant workers are exempt). Tax record information, registration of cars and boats, titles to vehicles/ vessels, fishing licenses, handicap parking stickers.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Lee County LeeTran – http://rideleetran.com/ (239) 533-TRAN (8726)

Email: rideleetran@leegov.com

3401 Metro Parkway, Ft. Myers

ADA Passport (239) 533-0300

CABLE AND SATELLITE

Bundled services available: cable TV, phone, high speed internet.

CenturyLink – www.centurylink.com/  (800) 366-8201

Comcast Cable – http://www.comcast.com/default.cspx/   (800) -COMCAST/ (800) 266-2278

Direct TV – www.directv.com/ (800) 531-5000

DISH Network – www.dish.com/  (855) 318-0572

CAPE CORAL LIBRARY

921 SW 39th Terrace

(239) 533-4500

www.lee-county.com/library

CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT

1100 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, FL Non-emergencies

(239) 574-3223

http://www.capecops.com/

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce

2051 Cape Coral Pkwy E Cape Coral, FL  33904

(239) 549-6900

http://capecoralchamber.com/

Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce

1661 Estero Blvd. Suite 8, Fort Myers Beach, FL  33931

(239) 454-7500

http://www.fortmyersbeachchamber.org/

Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce

2310 Edwards Drive Fort Myers, FL  33902

(239) 332-3624

http://www.fortmyers.org/

Lee County Chamber of Commerce

(239) 931-0931

http://www.leecountychamber.com/

Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce

1159 Causeway Road Sanibel, FL  33957

(239) 472-1080

http://www.sanibel-captiva.org/

Chamber of Southwest Florida

5621 Banner Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33912, (239) 433-4111

http://www.chamberswfl.com/

Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce

25071 Chamber of Commerce Dr. Bonita Springs, FL 34135

(239) 992-2943

www.bonitaspringschamber.com

CITIZENS ACTION CENTER

(239) 574-0425

Why:  Offers citizens a way to obtain information about city services, ask questions of city staff, report problems within the city, and submit requests for service as well as providing the status of their questions and requests. Provides an online service that can be accessed from the comfort of your home or office, 24/7.

www.capecoral.net

CITIES

City of Cape Coral/Clerk’s Office

City Hall, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, FL  33990

(239) 574-0401

Why: Various maps for sale, future land use, zoning, site plans, house plans, permits, city ordinances and

resolutions, auto recordings of meetings, etc.

City of Fort Myers

City Hall, 2200 Second Street, Ft. Myers, FL  33901

(239) 321-7035

Town of Ft. Myers Beach

2523 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach, FL  33931

(239) 765-0202

City of Sanibel

800 Dunlop Rd., Sanibel, FL  33957

(239) 472-3700

City of Lehigh Acres

25 Homestead Rd. N. Lehigh Acres, FL  33936

(239) 369-3322

City of Bonita Springs

9101 Bonita Beach Rd. SE Bonita Springs, FL 34135

(239) 949-6262

DECLARATION OF DOMICILE

Lee County Clerk of Courts – County Administration Building – 2nd Floor

2115 Second St., Ft. Myers, FL

(239) 533-5000 http://www.leeclerk.org/

Cape Coral Branch:

1039 SE 9th Place, 2nd Floor, Cape Coral, FL

WhyThis is an affidavit attesting to Florida residency.  It is useful when three legal forms of Florida residency are required (such as filing for Florida homestead exemption taxes), or for providing residency in determining what state(s) can access State income and death taxes, and which states’ courts supervise the settlement of your estate, or for proving residency for colleges and schools.

DRIVERS LICENSES & DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES

Florida Dept. of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles – http://flhsmv.gov/offices/lee.html

North Ft. Myers – 15201 N. Cleveland Ave, N. Ft. Myers, FL (located in the Weaver’s Corner shopping center) (239) 533-6000, Hours: Mon- Fri, 8:30am- 5:00pm

Cape Coral – 413 Van Loon Lane, Suite 110, Cape Coral, FL  (239) 533-6000. Hours Mon- Fri 8:30am- 5:00pm. Information recording, (239) 772-1300.

When: If you own a vehicle, you must register it within 10 working days of becoming a Florida resident.  You

then have 10 days to acquire your Florida driver’s license.  If you don’t own a vehicle, you must first sign an affidavit attesting to that before getting your Florida driver’s license.

How Much: The fee for a new driver license is $48 (Class E). There are two Lee County Tax Collector locations that provide limited driver license services. The tax collector does charge a $3.75 service fee.  Further fee information is available at: http://www.flhsmv.gov/fees/

Note:  Florida law requires you to keep your driver license address current within 10 days after moving.  You may visit the following website to change your address:  http://www.flhsmv.gov/forms/71117.pdf

ELECTRIC

Florida Power and Light http://fpl.com/ Customer Service – (239) 334-7754

24 hour notice required (no weekend service) for turn-ons.

Deposit: The amount is based on a credit scoring system. A deposit can be equal to approximately 2 months average bill at the service address or waived. Deposits are refunded in full after 23 months of prompt payment or when the account is closed.  There is a cash alternative to a deposit – an Unconditional Guarantee/Guarantor Contract, which is a legal document involving two parties.  In order to be eligible for this non-cash deposit option, the Guarantor must meet certain criteria.

Lee County Electric Cooperative, Inc. – http://lcec.net/ Customer Service – (239) 656-2300 (pay by phone)

Toll Free – (800) 599-2356

Deposit: Minimum deposit of $200 or 2 months bill, whatever is greater. Can be waived with credit check. Refundable after one year of on-time payment. Deposit may be waived if customer has a credit check.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT – HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

Lee County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) –  http://www.leeeoc.com/pages/default.aspx

2665 Ortiz Ave., Ft. Myers, FL  33905, (239) 533-3622

What: The EOC is the official County Warning Point.  The EOC receives emergency information through the Emergency Dispatch Center and reports serious emergencies to the State Warning Point located in the state EOC in Tallahassee. They in-turn coordinate the state and/or federal involvement or assistance within the county.

All Hazards Guide http://www.leeeoc.com/PREPAREDNESS/Pages/AllHazardsGuides.aspx

People with special needs:  During an emergency, special shelters provide a higher level of medical support than regular public shelters, but they are not for everyone. You must pre-register and have a caregiver to accompany you to use a special needs shelter.

Special needs program http://www.leeeoc.com/

GARBAGE COLLECTION Lee County Solid Waste (239) 533-8000

Mon – Fri 8:00am- 5:00pm

Waste Pro of Florida, Inc. (239) 945-0800

Waste Management, Inc. (239) 334-4115

Veolia Environmental Services (239) 334-1224

Electronics Disposal: Same day as regular garbage pick-up, place at curb separately from household garbage. Recycle:  Residents are encouraged to minimize waste, reuse items and look for products that aren’t over- packaged. Keeping recyclables oft of the regular garbage benefits the residents because less material is burned. Remember, more recycling + less garbage = cheaper garbage bills.  Some cities supply garbage and/or recycling bins.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Lee County Health Department http://www.leechd.com/

(239) 332-9501

INTERIOR DESIGN AND REMODELING

Interior design, window treatments, furniture, accessories, space planning and more

Evalutions by Aubuchon, (239) 542.1075

4707 SE 9th Place

Cape Coral, FL  33904

LEE COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS

1039 SE 9th Place, Cape Coral, 33990 (239) 533-5000

1700 Monroe St, Fort Myers, 339901

Why: traffic tickets, small claims, marriage license, court dates, cases, passports, etc.

LEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

14750 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy., Ft. Myers, FL (239) 477-1000

http://www.sheriffleefl.org/

LEEWAY

Transponders for auto pay through toll booths. (239) 931-0100

www.leewayinfo.com

MOSQUITO CONTROL (239) 694-2174 www.lcmcd.org

Lee County Mosquito Control District is committed to improving the quality of life, facilitating outdoor activities and protecting the public health in our community by implementing environmentally sound practices that control mosquitoes throughout Lee County.

NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION

Aubuchon Homes and The Sterling Collection  www.TeamAubuchon.com

1811 Cape Coral Parkway E Cape Coral, FL  33904

(239) 542-1075

NEWSPAPERS

Cape Coral Breeze

2510 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33915

(239) 574-1110

http://www.cape-coral-daily-breeze.com

Florida Weekly

4300 Ford Street Ext, Suite 105, Ft. Myers, FL  33916

(239) 333.2135

http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/

The News-Press  http://www.news-press.com/

2442 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL

(239) 335-0200

POST OFFICE

Fort Myers Main Office

1350 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, FL (800) 275-8777- For all branch offices

Cape Coral Main Office

1030 SE 9th Avenue, Cape Coral FL (239) 772-7501

Cape Coral Branch Office

4722 SE 17th Avenue, Cape Coral, FL (239) 541-0232

http://www.usps.com/ – Address changes, stop mail, purchase stamps, etc.

PROPERTY APPRAISER (Real Estate)

Lee County Property Appraiser’s Office – http://leepa.org/ (239) 533-6100

Email: exemptions@leepa.org

REAL ESTATE INFORMATION CENTER

General real estate, foreclosures, short sales, vacant land, new home construction, rentals and interior design.

Miloff Aubuchon Realty Group, Inc. – http://www.miloffaubuchonrealty.com/

1811 Cape Coral Parkway E Cape Coral, FL  33904

(239) 542-1075

RENTAL INFORMATION

Annual and seasonal/vacation rentals

Miloff Aubuchon Realty Group, Inc. – http://rent.miloffaubuchonrealty.com/

1314 Cape Coral Parkway, East

Suite 102

Cape Coral, FL  33904 (239) 541-3735

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF LEE COUNTY

2855 Colonial Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL 33966 (239) 334-1102

Student Assignment:  (239) 242-2059  Parent Information Center: (3 Locations) Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. http://studentassignment.leeschools.net/welcome.htm

What:  School registration for Lee County occurs through the Student Assignment Department.

When: Parents of students “NEW TO THE DISTRICT” or reenrolling should visit one of the Parent Information Centers to complete the student registration and school assignment process. Parents or guardians must show photo ID.

Where: Visit the website above to see what zone and sub-zone you reside in to find out which school your children will be attending.

Documents Needed: At the time of registration you must have all of the following documents to complete the registration process. Original birth certificate, Health examination (physical), Social Security card (if available), Florida Certificate of Immunization (original blue card), Proof of residence, Proof of custody is required if child is not living with both natural parents, Name and address of last school attended and a Copy of the I.E.P. – This is just the basic information, more details may be found on the Student Assignment website.

*If returning to the Lee County School District, you only need to provide immunization record, proof of residence, proof of custody (if applicable) and an I.E.P. if your child has one.

**If entering the Lee County School District from another public or private school located in Florida you do not need a physical exam. All other documentation listed above is required.  Visit: www.lee.k12.al.us for complete information.

SELECTIVE SERVICE OFFICE

http://www.sss.gov/ – Forms available at any U.S. post office

SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE

10100 Deer Run Farm Rd. (800) 772-1213 http://ssa.gov/

STATE OF FLORIDA GOVERNMENT WEBSITE

http://www.myflorida.com/

TELEPHONE SERVICE

CenturyLink – http://www.centurylink.com/ (800) 366-8201

Areas Served:  Fort Myers/Cape Coral/Lee County

Bundled services available, high speed internet, voice, television

VOTER REGISTRATION Supervisor of Elections Office

2480 Thompson Street, Fort Myers, FL, (239) 339-6300

Cape Coral – 1039 SE 9th Place, (239) 458-7020 http://www.leeelections.com/

When: As soon as you can prove your residency (i.e.; Drivers License, Declaration of Domicile)

Who:  To Register You Must:  Be a U.S. Citizen, Florida Resident, 18 years old (you may pre-register if you are 17), not now be adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting in FL or any other State, not have been convicted of a felony without your civil rights having been restored pursuant to law, not claim the right to vote in another county or State, submit your valid FL driver’s license number of FL identification card number.  If you do not have either of these, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

To Vote:  You must be registered at least 29 days before you can vote in an election.  If this is a “new Registration”, the date a signed application is postmarked or hand delivered to your County Supervisor of Elections Office will be your registration date.  If your signed application is complete and you are qualified as a voter, a registration identification card will be mailed to you.

WATER UTILITY SERVICES: City of Cape Coral

Customer Service: (239) 574-0809

City of Fort Myers

Lee County Utilities

Customer Service: (239) 936-0247