Published: Jun 05, 2014 9:05 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, FL -  Housing starts are up in Lee county and that has builders excited. County officials say the numbers are not only up from April to May, but year to date as well.
Cape Coral city officials say they've issued 56 permits for housing construction in May. In unincorporated Lee county there were 88 permits filed with a value of 24.5 million dollars. County numbers are up from 68 permits in April. There has also been a boost in commerical construction as well.