CAPTIVA COMMUNITY PANEL
January 9, 2006
Panel Members in Attendance: Hal Miller, Dave Jensen, Rene Miville, Harry Silverglide, Mike Kelly, Gordon Hullar
Absent: Chris van der Baars, Ron Gibson, John Madden
1. Meeting was called to order at 9:07 a.m.
2. The minutes of the December 13, 2005, meeting were approved as presented,
with a motion by Kelly, second by Silverglide.
3. Randy Cerchie, with Lee Department of Transportation, was present to
give an update on the Captiva Drive right-of-way survey, as it related to the
proposal to add four-foot wide safety shoulders on either side of Captiva Drive
for bikes and pedestrians. Surveys that indicated the necessary right-of-way was
available for the area from Blind Pass to the village, and from the village to
the entrance to South Seas Island Resort. In front of Tween Waters Inn, the
available right-of-way is seaward of the current location of the roadway, so
the additional asphalt will be placed on the beach side of the road. The
county is currently negotiating with Johnson Engineering to determine the
exact location of the rock revetment that was placed on the Gulf-side of
the roadway in the 1980s to control erosion. To date, the county has not
approached private land owners about granting right- of-way on their property
where needed (chiefly in the S curves), and Cerchie indicated that they
preferred the CCP take the lead in this, as well as establish a process
for property owners to have input on the final project. He will put together
a visual map for the next CCP meeting showing the plan for the road shoulder
project and will identify areas where additional right-of-way will be needed.
Cerchie suggested that owners bring their plat numbers to the meeting so they
could determine exactly the location of their property on the map. The meeting
will be advertised at the Captiva Post Office, and a workshop for interested
residents will be held immediately following the formal CCP meeting. It was
noted that the pedestrian shoulder project cannot be started until work on the
underground utilities is completed on the island.
A motion was made by Hullar, second by Kelly, that the CCP take the responsibility
to approach necessary property owners to investigate their willingness to provide
the appropriate right of way or easement. Motion passed, 6-0.
4. Harry Campbell, Traffic Section Chief Traffic Engineer, from the Lee
County Department of Transportation, spoke about the upcoming change in the speed
limit on Captiva Drive. Effective Feb. 2, 2006, the speed limit from just north
of Blind Pass Bridge to the first S curve will be reduced from 35 mph to 30 mph,
and the speed limit from the S curve to South Seas Resort will be 25 mph. The
change in speed limit came about as a result of requests from home owners and
an investigation by the LCDOT. Campbell also noted that the county did not
feel it was safe to extend the current golf cart use zones on Captiva due to
limited visibility in the northern S curve. Currently golf carts are allowed
from South Seas Resort through the village to Wiles Drive, and the county
would be willing to revisit this issue if safety shoulders are constructed
in that area.
5. CEPD Administrator Alison Hagerup was present and gave a brief
update on the beach renourishment project. Work on Captiva has been
completed as far as pumping new sand onto the beaches, and the sand will
now be tilled and leveled. Work has commenced on the Sanibel side of
Blind Pass, and the total project should be complete in approximately three weeks.
6. Kelly discussed the proposed mixed use construction on Andy Rosse
Lane, known as the Mead property. The variance/special exception request was
presented to Lee County early in January, and several members of the panel
and the community were present to speak on its behalf. The project includes a
commercial facility and a caretakerŐs cottage, and abuts residential property
at the rear. Staff opposed the plan due to the lot size, and indicated their
preference for either a residential or commercial use as opposed to mixed use.
Kelly had communicated with county planning staff at the Department of Community
Development on this matter, and they were willing to entertain an amendment to
the Lee Plan that would allow mixed-use development in limited circumstances on
Captiva. If such an amendment could be drafted and submitted within the next
4-6 weeks, staff would include it in the current cycle of Lee Plan amendments
that will be heard later this year.
A motion was made by Hullar, second by Miville, that Kelly work with the
County staff to develop language for a mixed use amendment on certain
properties on Captiva to be presented at the next panel meeting.
Motion passed, 6-0.
7. Mike Mullins gave a report on his progress regarding the formation
of bylaws for the CCP. He is a committee of one, and his mission is to get
information out to the community and solicit their input. He will bring
information to the next meeting, with the permission of the CCP. It was a
consensus, then, of the panel that Mullins should move ahead with his
information gathering and share his results in February.
8. Doris Holzheimer was present to ask for input regarding the
communication process that was established for the 2005 hurricane season
on Captiva. She requested feedback from the audience and the community
regarding the quality of information received by property owners, the
procedures for sharing information, as well as the process itself.
She stressed that for any process to work volunteers are needed, both
on Captiva and the mainland. She passed out a survey to audience members,
and requested that they fill it out and leave it with her that day. The
survey will also be published in the Captiva Current, as well as posted
at the Post Office on Captiva. Surveys can be returned to either Doris
or Mike Mullins.
9. Michael Weston, Senior Forester, Caloosahatchee District, Florida
Division of Forestry, spoke about the grant secured by Ken Gooderham for
revegetation on Captiva. Grant monies are available through September, 2007.
If consensus on a plan cannot be reached for the entire island, an alternative
would be to allow individual property owners to request trees for their own
property, perhaps within a specified geographic area. This possibility will
be discussed further at the next panel meeting.
10. On January 5, 2006, John Madden tendered his resignation from the
Captiva Community Panel, due to his travel schedule and work obligations.
Names will be solicited from the community, and a vote may be taken for a
replacement at the February meeting. A candidate for the position must be
willing to make a financial disclosure and agree to follow the Florida
Sunshine Laws. An e-mail will be sent out to property owners noting that
the position is vacant, and it will also be posted at the Captiva Post Office.
11. Ken Gooderham addressed the panel's efforts in 2004-2005, and gave
an update on what should be continued in 2005-2006.
a. Lee Plan Amendment. The second Captiva amendment was adopted by the
Board of County Commissioners at an October 12, 2005, meeting.
b. Utilities Project. Coordination and binding estimates for the proposed
underground utilities project are next, followed by the launch of the actual
MSBU petition effort and the concurrent public information component. Assuming
the outcome is positive, the MSBU would be formed later in the year, after
which actual work would be begun.
c. Safety Shoulder. Once right of way needs have been surveyed and
easement issues identified, the panel will need to assist in soliciting
easements or other use agreements with property owners. Also, further
public input on design may be sought in conjunction with Lee DOT.
d. Revegation. The CCP will work with Lee DOT on grant applications
to fund revegetation of the right of way along Captiva Drive. Planning funds
are expected to come out of a FEMA grant for Sanibel and Captiva, but funds
for plants and planting need to be amassed.
e. Water Quality. There continues to be a desire to address water
quality concerns stemming from the island's existing septic systems and
package wastewater plants. Further research and alternatives will need
to be developed for community discussion. Jensen spoke about the work by
PURRE (People United to Restore Our Rivers and Estuaries). A motion was
made by Kelly, second by Silverglide, that the CCP join PURRE. Motion passed, 6-0.
f. Land Development Code Concerns. Eventually the panel will need
to implement its various Lee Plan policies by developing specific LDC
citations based on the approved policies. This will launch a new round
of committee meetings and public discussions on specific wording and intent.
g. Information Clearinghouse. The CCP continues to serve as the most
effective source for information on land use and zoning issues on the
island, both through its regular efforts and through hosting public meetings
on specific proposals pending before the county.
h. Future CCP Configuration. There continues to be efforts to revamp
the way the panel is structured, from a variety of perspectives. The panel
itself may need to revisit that issue once the push for projects starts to
wane, to see if there is a better way to conduct business for the benefit of the island.
12. The next meeting of the CCP will be on Tuesday, Feb.14, 2006,
at 9 a.m. at the Captiva Civic Association building.
13. The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 AM