In Cape Coral, 2017 was the best year since 2006 with the city issuing 1,661 single-family home permits, a sharp contrast to 2012 when the city issued 329 permits, according to the Cape Coral Economic Development Office.
“If we experience the same increases we have seen over the last couple years, the industry could see up to 2,000 permits issued for 2018,” siad Bill Johnson, Executive Director of the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association.
To date, the city has issued 486 single-family home permits in the city’s fiscal year beginning in October.
Johnson says, as permit numbers rise, the industry works with the City of Cape Coral Building Department to make sure they have enough staff in place to handle the increased levels of service and continue to build efficiency, under the direction of the city of Stephen Beckman, the new building official in the Department of Community Development.
“With this increased growth, we need to ensure we have enough skilled labor to handle the increased volume. Skilled labor is one area that the building industry could use more of so that jobs can be completed in a timely manner, allowing for more growth.” Johnson said.