The Captiva Community Panel has made progress on several efforts initiated by community surveys and then developed into a Community Plan which has been recently adopted by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners. This is a major accomplishment as Captiva now has its own development plan specific to our island and based on direct input of its citizens.
With the Captiva Community Plan now in place, we are able to work on code writing, which will allow for the enforcement of rules adopted by our community on such issues as water quality, beaches, development and vegetation. Throughout February and March 2018, the Community Panel has hosted community workshops on these various subjects for Captiva citizens and currently has asked all citizens to express their opinion, by survey. The results of this survey will then be publically shared and provide the foundation for code writing.
Water quality has been a big focus for the Panel as most citizens have expressed utmost concern in protecting our environment. A Water Quality Committee within the Panel has made great advancement in research of the best options for dealing with waste water including, through grant funding by Lee County, the creation of a study specific to our island’s particular situation. The results will be available soon and those findings are to be shared with the community for discussion. More progress has been accomplished on this subject in the past year then all previous years combined.
Other Community Panel committees have engaged with our community to identify and provide solutions to issues such as vacation-home rental use and invasive species (ie, green iguanas).
And, thanks to the joint efforts of the Community Panel and an architect working for South Seas Resort, a project is now in motion to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety along the Captiva Drive corridor from Andy Rosse Lane to South Seas Resort. Because of these efforts, Lee County has provided the funding for engineering work to provide a safety walk section along Captiva Drive and also the necessary workforce to make it happen; including the moving of various utilities and obtaining right-of-ways. This surely will be a welcomed improvement for our island.