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Expect large police presence for 4th of July festivities

Posted: 10:55 PM, Jul 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-03 10:33:48Z

Cape Coral Police will have extra officers on hand at Wednesday’s Red, White and Boom festival.

Officers have been preparing for several months for this event, one of the biggest in Southwest Florida.

“We come here for a reason, most of our vacation is around the 4th of July, because we enjoy this kind of celebratory environment,” said Hassan Salim, who is visiting Southwest Florida from Michigan,

Salim was disturbed to hear about a planned terror attack on Cleveland’s 4th of July parade, that was thwarted by police.

"It’s hard to believe some people want to inflict harm on our country."

Cape Police will have the SWAT team and a mobile command center on hand should the worst happen.  Police say their best asset is the public’s awareness.

"They may not even think they have this skill, we have people who say we I didn’t want to bother you, but I thought it was nothing, people know when something is off,” said Cape Coral Police Cpl. Phil Mullen.

Ft. Myers Police say it will have extra officers on hand for its 4th of July festival.  

The City of Naples is expecting anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 people to watch fireworks from the beach near the Naples Pier.

MORE: List of July 4th events in Southwest Florida