CAPTIVA COMMUNITY PANEL

Minutes
November 11, 2003


Panel Members in Attendance: Hal Miller, Ron Gibson, Dave Jensen, Harry Silverglide, John Madden, Rene Miville

Panel Members in Attendance via Phone: Gordon Hullar, Peter Koury

Panel Members Absent: Chris van der Baars

Audience: 8

1. Roll call was taken at 9:05 AM.

2. The minutes of the June 9, 2003, meeting were accepted as presented. Motion by Gibson, second by Madden. Approved 8-0.

3. Jim Mudd and Ken Gooderham presented an update on the panel’s most recent text amendment submission. Panel members should have already received their copies on CD. An original is available with Gooderham in printed form and available electronically on CD. The amendments were presented to Lee County on Sept. 30, 2003. The deadline for such submission has now been moved to Feb. 27, 2004, and this change will affect hearing dates in the future. Mudd noted that a copy has gone to DOT for their review, and the county will create a link on their website for public to use.

4. Mudd and Gooderham moved on to discussion of potential Land Development Code issues and procedures to implement the existing Captiva Plan policies. Gooderham provided copies of The Captiva Plan to the panel and members of the audience, and briefly explained suggested ways to implement each existing amendment and the work that it will involve.
Conversation ensued about the definition of “mixed use,” as applies to land use in the Village of Captiva. The county already has a definition for “mixed use,” and Mudd will provide this for the panel.
Concern was also expressed about the need to generate interest among Captiva residents. The panel would like to see more residents in the audience, and to get their input on these issues. Gooderham expressed that the panel has a lot of information to cover this year, and could possibly generate interest by promoting the specific topic of each month’s meeting. Miller then questioned the panel as to just what they wanted to cover over the upcoming months.

5. Miller’s question led to discussion of the Blind Pass Project. Silverglide stressed that this project is a critical issue for Captiva, as relates to quality of life, environmental issues, as well as beach renourishment. There does not seem to be any one individual or group taking the lead on this, although there are many groups who have expressed an interest in the final result. Panel members questioned whether yet another group speaking out would be effective, and just what is the common objective for the project. The county will apply for the permit to open Blind Pass, but many felt that the Sanibel government needs to be more involved and take a leadership role.
Panel members felt that possibly tying the issue of water quality on Captiva to the Blind Pass Project would generate a much greater level of interest among Captiva residents. This would help generate support for both issues. Jensen suggested that the panel should consider sponsoring a public meeting on the issue of water quality within the next several weeks and focus on the Blind Pass Project. Speakers could be present with different levels of expertise on both issues.
After discussion, it was suggested that Gibson would serve as the “go to” person for this project, with assistance from Mike Mullins, and they would work to get representation from Sanibel government. Panel members felt that this approach would provide validity of the panel’s role to community members, also. Suggested dates for the meeting were the Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and it was settled on Tuesday at 10 AM, site to be determined. The meeting will be sponsored by the panel. It was stressed that this meeting should be publicized in as many venues as possible to ensure a large turnout.
Madden made a motion that the Captiva Community Panel prioritize the Blind Pass Project and appoint Gibson as head of the project. The panel will attempt to have a meeting of the community at 10 AM on Tuesday, Nov. 25, location to be announced. Second by Miville. Approved 7-0. (Member Koury left the phone connection at 10:22 AM.)

6. The meeting schedule for the upcoming year will be as follows, and all meetings will be held at the CCA building, 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva, at 9: 00 AM:
December 9
January 13
February 10
March 9
April 13
May 11 (if needed)

7. Miller questioned panel members about their priorities for the year, and it was agreed that the panel’s first priority should be the Blind Pass Project, with emphasis on the water quality issue on Captiva, as outlined in Policy 21.5. Gooderham will also draft language to implement three of the existing amendments (21.1, 21.6 and 21.7), and present this to the panel for review, public comment, and approval.

8. The meeting was adjourned at 10:42 by Hal Miller. A meeting of the Blind Pass Project team was held immediately after the adjournment, with the media and members of the public invited to attend. At that meeting was chair Ron Gibson; CCP members Hal Miller, Dave Jensen, Harry Silverglide, John Madden and Rene Miville; Ken Gooderham; Mike Mullins; and an audience member. Possible participants in the public forum were discussed, and Gibson andMullins set a meeting with Alison Hagerup of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District for Wednesday, November 12 to discuss and begin coordination. The team members dispersed at approximately 11:45 a.m.

9. The next CCP meeting is scheduled for December 9, 2003, at 9:00 AM at the CCA Building, 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva Island, Florida. (This meeting was eventually cancelled in lieu of the Dec. 12 Blind Pass public workshop.)

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