Cape Coral COVID19 Campaign

Dated: July 27 2020

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Big John masks up: Iconic statue has a new look for Cape Coral's COVID-19 campaign

Big John carries a lot of weight in Cape Coral — 6,000 pounds of it, in fact.

So when the 28-foot-tall statue “talks,” people listen.

“Big John is an icon around Lee County,” says Cape realtor Elmer Tabor. “And anything he gets involved in, people pretty well pay attention.”

And here’s what Big John has to say about the COVID-19 pandemic: “MASK UP CAPE CORAL. SPREAD THE WORD NOT THE VIRUS.”

That message debuted on a banner Thursday along with Big John’s newest accessory — a 3-foot-wide face mask.

It’s part of Cape Coral’s campaign encouraging people to wear face masks in public and help stop the spread of COVID-19. City Council voted against making masks mandatory on July 6, but then city officials launched the new Mask-Up Cape Coral campaign a week later.

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