Eyesore in Cape Coral cleaned up quickly

Published: July 31, 2021 9:35 PM EDT
Updated: August 1, 2021 6:28 AM EDT

WINK News first showed you this Cape Coral home on Friday. All of these overgrown weeds had been deemed unacceptable by neighbors. After our story aired, people began arriving to clean up the property.

Dozens, including the family of the homeowner, made the transformation possible.

The cleanup project ended a nearly decade-long nightmare for some neighbors.

Venessa Dalton remembers the outside of her neighbor’s home being cluttered with vegetation. On Saturday morning, it was unrecognizable.

“It looks like somebody just threw a blanket down over that and just, you know, lifted the blanket off, and now it’s all different,” she said.

In the span of just 24 hours, the house transformed. The grass was cut, the brush outside was removed, ad it’s all sitting in multiple trash bags along the curb.

The homeowner’s family members say they were outside pretty much all day.

“They didn’t know what was going on and they certainly didn’t know the home had gone as long as it had without attending,” Dalton said.

Not only the family of the homeowner but even complete strangers rushed to the home to help after WINK News aired Friday’s story about the house.

Dalton says seeing the home has felt like reliving a bad dream for close to a decade. She’s relieved that it’s seemingly over now.

She’s also amazed by the community’s support. “Living is about loving your neighbor and knowing each other and being there for each other.”

Dalton also says the homeowner will keep the home. They’ve already started working on the pool. The two cars with the flat tires will be taken away in the next month.