New Residents Guide
WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD!
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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.
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New Resident Guide
Lee County Animal Control
5600 Banner Drive, Ft. Myers, FL
(239) 432-2083, http://www.leelostpets.com
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.
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.
Lee County LeeTran – http://rideleetran.com/ (239) 533-TRAN (8726)
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
CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
1100 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, FL Non-emergencies
CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce
2051 Cape Coral Pkwy E Cape Coral, FL 33904
Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce
1661 Estero Blvd. Suite 8, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce
2310 Edwards Drive Fort Myers, FL 33902
Lee County Chamber of Commerce
Sanibel-Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce
1159 Causeway Road Sanibel, FL 33957
Chamber of Southwest Florida
5621 Banner Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33912, (239) 433-4111
Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce
25071 Chamber of Commerce Dr. Bonita Springs, FL 34135
CITIZENS ACTION CENTER
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.
City of Cape Coral/Clerk’s Office
City Hall, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33990
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
Town of Ft. Myers Beach
2523 Estero Blvd., Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931
City of Sanibel
800 Dunlop Rd., Sanibel, FL 33957
City of Lehigh Acres
25 Homestead Rd. N. Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
City of Bonita Springs
9101 Bonita Beach Rd. SE Bonita Springs, FL 34135
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
Why: This 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
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.
Lee County Health Department http://www.leechd.com/
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
Transponders for auto pay through toll booths. (239) 931-0100
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
Cape Coral Breeze
2510 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33915
4300 Ford Street Ext, Suite 105, Ft. Myers, FL 33916
The News-Press http://www.news-press.com/
2442 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL
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
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
Annual and seasonal/vacation rentals
Miloff Aubuchon Realty Group, Inc. – http://rent.miloffaubuchonrealty.com/
1314 Cape Coral Parkway, East
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
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