Cape Life: Tragedies strike twice in tough week for Cape Coral

Hello, Cape friends!

News running a gamut of emotions occurred over the past week in Cape Coral, from the unexpected deaths of a utility worker and a firefighter to the drafting of a former high school pitching standout by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Here are some of the top stories.

A devoted dad: Anthony Pimentel dies doing utility work in NW Cape Coral

Anthony “Tony” Pimentel, 53, was a devoted New England sports fan, the father of two grown children and the grandfather of seven. His death is being investigated. Fort Myers Fire Department said hydrogen sulfide, which is common in sewers and can cut off oxygen supplies, may have played a role in Pimentel falling unconscious and under the water beneath the manhole. Pimentel, his son and daughter said, was a devoted dad. He loved his family, his favorite Boston sports teams and front-yard football games. Pimentel died Friday afternoon while working on a construction site just north of Mariner High School and Tropicana Parkway.

Death of a hero: Second-generation Cape Coral firefighter dies

Michael Camelo Jr., 37, died Thursday at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center after suffering a brain aneurysm last Wednesday morning. He was surrounded by friends and family. He was the father of two children, Anna, 5, and Michael Camelo III, 3. The Local International Association of Firefighters 2424 has set up an account to accept donations for their futures. Those interested in contributing can do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/ccfdcamelo or by visiting any Fifth Third Bank branch and making a deposit “To the benefit of Anna and Michael Camelo.”

MLB draft: Cape Coral High graduate drafted by Tampa Bay Rays

Shane McClanahan, who had expected to be drafted in the first round, landed with the Rays as the 31st overall pick, which carries with it a $2.2 million signing bonus value.

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Cape Coral City Council votes to maintain existing bald eagle protections

By a 7-1 vote, the Cape Coral city council voted Monday to maintain the protected area of active nests at a 1,100-foot radius, rejecting a proposal to decrease it to 660 feet to be in line with state and federal guidelines. Mayor Joe Coviello said: “This is our national bird; it’s a symbol of freedom.” The current guidelines have been in place since 2006.

Nickel Ride free taxi service expands in Cape Coral

The fledgling service gave about 11,000 rides in southeast Cape Coral last year. A fourth car may be added late in the fall. The coverage area has expanded from downtown Cape Coral to the Yacht Club area. The coverage area will continue to grow, founder Judah Longgrear said.

Man shot in self-defense after threatening two people with gun, police say

Kevin Bruzos was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Police said he threatened two people with a gun at Campbell Roofing. One of those two people fired at Bruzos, police said, and was not charged or identified because of self defense.

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