CAPE CORAL, Fla. - In one Cape Coral community, the clock says it's eternally 10:23! In fact the landmark clock has been stuck on that time for months, and fixing it could cost thousands of your dollars.
Time stands still in the south Cape, at least, according to this massive clock.
"Its always been there. 10:23. You're never late. But hey. It's correct twice a day!" laughed one driver.
The city moved the clock to the median of Cape Coral Parkway and Del Prado Boulevard in 2012, spending more than $14,000 to do so. They also repaired it. It wasn't working well at its previous location on 47th Terrace, and ever since the move, not much has changed.
"Everybody can't be up to date. Maybe the sun bothered it?" asked another Cape Coral driver.
WINK News has learned it's bothering some residents. "We've been getting e-mails, a few phone calls. Not overwhelming. A few. It's more 'when are you going to fix it?'" said CRA Chair and Councilwoman Rana Erbrick.
The clock is unique. The city was paying a specific vendor to fix it, but that was costly.
In order to fix it today, the city would have to pay $5,500 dollars, with an annual $550 fee for up-keep. So, the CRA wants to see if perhaps someone local can fix it, for a better price.
"We've got an awful lot of clever people, you know, craftsmen type people. That live in this area of southwest Florida. It seems like a viable alternative,' said Erbrick.
Someone has suggested simply moving the clock to 5:00, so it's 5:00 somewhere, in Cape Coral. The CRA is open to suggestions about what to do with the clock, and will talk about it again at their next meeting.