Cape Coral, city (1990 pop. 74,991), Lee co., SW coastal Fla., located on an estuary of the Caloosahatchee River; inc. 1970. It is mostly a residential city that has grown rapidly along with the southern Florida area. Two industrial parks are in the vicinity, and boat building is an industry. The Univ. of South Florida is located in nearby Ft. Meyers. Cape Coral has a cultural center and a historical museum. The city's population more than doubled between 1980 and 1990.