October 10, 2006

Panel Members in Attendance: Rob Gibson, Hal Miller, Gordon Hullar, Nathalie Pyle, Mike Kelly, Dave Jensen, Sandy Stilwell, Harry Silverglide, Rene Miville, Mike Mullins

Audience: 12 - 15

1. The meeting was called to order at 9:10 a.m. The roll was called and minutes from the Oct. 10, 2006, meeting were unanimously approved on a motion from Kelly (Pyle second).

2. Hal Miller opened the meeting by tendering his resignation from the panel, following that with an explanation of his decision and his hopes for the future. He noted that an election to replace him as chair did not need to occur today, as there was an able-bodied vice chair in place to handle meetings. (It was noted that replacing his position on the panel overall was a function of the CPOA, which originally appointed him.)

Panel discussion ensued, with a desire to complete a set of bylaws prior to selecting a new chair suggested in case the duties of the position were to change based on that document. The overall organization and operation of the panel was also mentioned as a point of future discussion. Pyle made a motion to have the panel bring nomination for a new chair to its January meeting, and to allow the vice chair or chair until that time (Silverglide second). Miller said he wished to step down immediately, and suggested Jensen take over the chair.

Mullins suggested that pertinent portions of the bylaws could be done by January, that there was sufficient existing work done to make the process easier. What was needed was panel feedback, and whatever was decided now could be revised later. After further discussion, it was determined that enough new information was in play that Pyle opted to withdraw her motion for a January vote. Silverglide then moved to allow the current vice chair to serve as chair for the next 12 months (Pyle second). Mullins reiterated that bylaws needed to be in place before any new selection was made. Stilwell stressed that the panel had been operating well without bylaws to this point, and that it could set a timeline to make such decisions with Jensen as chair. The vote was called and the motion approved 8-2 (Mullins and Hullar opposed).

Hullar explained that he wanted to get these things done ASAP, not putting them off for another year. A number of panel members said their vote was not a sign that they wished to delay work on bylaws. Gibson suggested a special meeting be set to address bylaws. Mullins observed that the vote may have been in violation of the panel's rule on having two week's notice for any actionable items. After discussion on that and the bylaws issue, it was suggested that the vote was likely covered by previous agenda. Mullins still made a motion to suspend the rule for this vote only (Kelly second). It was approved unanimously, followed by a suggestion to devote the December meeting to a bylaws discussion.

3. Miville offered an update on the underground utilities project, noting ongoing discussions about use of the county right-of-way and the structure of a taxing unit with Lee County and LCEC by attorney Schef Wright and Ken Gooderham. He also noted that a Sanibel resident had been named to the LCEC board, which he felt could be beneficial in future discussions. Discussion followed on the structure of a taxing unit (whether to include South Seas properties) and getting to a more accurate estimate of project costs. Gooderham explained that these were the issue in contention with the county, and that until a better assessment of easement needs was clear costs were still in flux. He hoped to have more useful cost figures for the panel and public to discuss by the December meeting. Panel members also suggested setting up a workshop that would include Wright and staff members from the county and LCEC to explore this questions further.

4. Jensen offered an update on the safety shoulder committee, which had met Nov. 8 to continue its work on defining how to inform Captivans and assess their opinion on the proposed shoulder. It was noted that Mike Boris was invited to join the committee. Panel members asked whether Lee DOT could put up a sign near the entrance to the island noting that motor vehicles had to give bicyclists 3 feet of clearance on the roadways, and whether the plastic strips marking the proposed path could be brought back out and installed on the island during season so people could get a better sense of what was being suggested.

5. Silverglide opened his discussion on water quality by noting that the panel used to have a water quality committee that included looking into sewers. He hoped the panel would restart that committee to look at water quality options, support other groups such as PURRE working on the issue and to get involved in state water quality issues. He solicited nominations for a chair and volunteers to serve on such a body. Gibson noted that there would be a meeting Nov. 15 at the Captiva Island Yacht Club concerning water quality sensors SCCF was installing in Pine Island Sound, that this was an important step to amass scientific data that had been lacking. Stilwell asked about the issues of density and sewers, noting that there had been concerns in the past that bringing sewers to the island would allow for greater development. Gooderham responded that sewers could be used to prevent further development, by sizing the system to accommodate only what was in place now and thus preventing increases in the future. Also, the existing height restrictions and density caps further restricted possible development, he said. Gooderham also noted that the new commander of the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Col. Paul Groskruger, was attending a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Sanibel City Hall, if Captivans wanted a chance to meet and talk to the person who'll oversee the district for the next three years.

6. It was clarified that the trees allowed in the island's revegetation subsidy program had been expanded at the last meeting, and to confirm that the application for Hall and Mullins had been voted on along with the ones for Mason and the CEPD. Gooderham noted that the SCCF Native Plant Nursery had received its reimbursement check from the state for $20,880 last week.

7. The agenda item on goal-setting was tabled to the next meeting.

8. Gooderham noted that the transmittal hearing for the mixed-use amendment the panel submitted last February was scheduled for Dec. 13 at the county commission chambers. He said the county was looking into variable pricing for the Sanibel Causeway (as is now offered for the Cape Coral bridges), that the consultants for the study had been short-listed by the county and that focus group sessions were planned as part of that study. He would work to inform Captivans when such groups might meet if they wished to participate. Finally, he noted that the grand opening ceremony for the Causeway was now set for May 5, 2007.

9. Mullins asked whether the draft bylaws could be posted for public review; Gooderham said he would provide them to the CPOA and CCA Webmasters. Stilwell asked whether the panel needed to elect a vice chair, and it was determined that action could wait until a future meeting. Doris Holzheimer asked the panel to set a date for a bylaws meeting that was not a panel meeting date. Mullins said the panel needed to review what it had been sent to be prepared for a meaningful discussion. Holzheimer said if the panel was prepared it could be done during a panel meeting with additional time allocated for that purpose. It was decided to hold a special meeting on bylaws prior to the next panel meeting, so it would then begin at 8 a.m. for a bylaws session to be followed by a regular session which would end by noon.

10. Miville said that with the proposed change in FEMA elevations, did height restrictions now in place need to be revisited? Gooderham noted that the new FEMA elevations were going to be in line with what the state Department of Environmental Protection already required for new construction. Mullins suggested it be put on a future agenda if action was warranted. Silverglide thanked Miller for his commitment, dedication and patience in chairing the panel since it inception.

11. Holzheimer noted that there would be a Homeland Security training at the county’s Emergency Operations Center in November and December, a basic training on how the ICS works to support first responders. The trainings were Dec. 12, 14 and 15.

12. Mullins asked everyone who was remaining to introduce themselves. And the meeting adjourned at 11:05 a.m.

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