March 11, 2003
Panel Members in Attendance: Hal Miller, Dave Jensen, Ron Gibson, Gordon Hullar, Paul McCarthy, Chris van der Baars, and Peter Koury.
1. Bob Brace resigned from the Panel, as of 9:00 a.m. on 3/11/03, and was replaced by Peter Koury, who was present today as one of the two CCA appointees to the panel.
2. The minutes from the previous meeting of 2/11/03 were reviewed and approved. Motion made by Hullar, second by van der Baars. Approved 7-0.
3. No action was taken, as a bill has not been received from Morris-DePew.
4. Ken Gooderham presented a timetable for the proposed plan amendment and LDC language submission to Lee County by September 30, 2003. Discussion occurred regarding hiring a consultant or planner to assist with the LDC language, or at what point in the process should a planner be brought in. General consensus was that the more work the panel can complete on its own, the less money will be required for the planner. Van der Baars and Gooderham will develop a RFP.
5. Regarding the proposed policies for submission in September, Hullar had nothing new to report on the Captiva Drive issues, but will have information available at the April meeting. Policy on variances will be resubmitted.
6. The Mangrove Working Group met on February 13 and March 3, 2003. Notice was posted at the Captiva Post Office for both meetings. Members read and discussed the current regulations from the State of Florida, and compared them to the regulations from Sanibel. The main concern of Captiva residents is mitigation and enforcement. The Group agreed to submit the following proposal for approval by the Panel:
Mangroves on Captiva Island will be protected to the greatest extent possible and county discretionary acts involving development on Captiva Island shall not encourage the destruction or alteration of mangroves. Within one year of adoption of this plan amendment, Captivans working in conjunction with county planning staff shall amend the Lee County Land Development Code to establish a sufficient setback requirement to place fill near existing mangroves or require development designs that address the interface of fill areas with existing mangroves to eliminate impacts from fill sloughing or washing into mangrove areas. Development designs in this context include setbacks, stabilized slopes, retaining walls, rip rap revetments, etc.
7. The Water Quality Group has not met, and is still looking for people to participate. Van der Baars will call Mike Mullins about initiating a meeting. Mullins offered his e-mail address for information, MULLINSMCP@ aol.com, or his phone number, 395-3546.
8. Question arose as to whether the panel has to vote to accept CCA funding, with the major question being how the funds could be accessed by the panel. According to the motion approving the funding, the requirement from CCA was, first, that a budget be presented by the panel, and, second, that the money be used for bills starting in 2003. A budget will be presented for approval at the next meeting in April. Gooderham and van der Baars will present ideas on a Request for Proposal to hire a planner. Motion made by Gibson to accept $10,000 from the CCA for future planning, second by Jensen. Approve 7-0.
9. There was no other business or public comments, so Miller made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 10:25, second by van der Baars. Approve 7-0.