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, the Panel is working on drafting Captiva-specific code language, 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 2019, the Community Panel will host community workshops on these various subjects for Captiva citizens to express their opinion. Once this input has been completed, drafting of code language will begin and proposed updates will be brought back to the Panel for public comment and review.
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 wastewater including, through grant funding by Lee County, the creation of a study specific to our island’s particular situation (see The Panel Library under Panel Info for the study, panel documents and other pertinent reports). Additional research is planned, which will be presented to the community once it is completed.
Other Panel committees have engaged with our community to identify and provide solutions to issues such as vacation-home rentals, sea level rise and invasive species (e.g. green iguanas).
And, thanks to the joint efforts of the Community Panel and Lee County, a project is now in motion to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety along Captiva Drive from Andy Rosse Lane to South Seas Island Resort. Lee County has funded survey and promised funding for a walkway along Captiva Drive. The next step is an engineering plan for the walkway, including the moving of various utilities and obtaining rights-of-way.