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Panel members meet to discuss code, mangroves and water quality

By Staff | Oct 29, 2009

On Tuesday, a small study meeting was held in the Jasper Cone room at South Seas Island Resort for Captiva residents interested in offering input to the Captiva Community Panel about the land development code.

Panel administrator Ken Gooderham, panel members Mike Kelly and Dave Jensen and a few members of the public attended the meeting to work through land development code language concerning mangrove protection and water quality. Other sections of the code – including height restrictions, zoning and sinage – will be discussed at later meetings in the hopes of completing the drafting process by March.

“We know there are going to be four or five major issues in this code language that we’re trying to produce and these two, which are mangrove protection and water quality, are two things that will probably have the least amount of controversy over. Everybody is interested in making sure mangroves are protected in every way we can think of,” Kelly said.

“We’re trying to tighten up as best we can the mangrove protection issues, knowing that the County has historically been relatively hands-off, saying that this is a State issue. So we’re trying to develop language that gives us the most protection we can come up with and get it past the County. We’re trying to do the best we can,” Kelly said.

“In the case of water quality, everybody knows that the island, for the most part, has no sewers and a couple of package plants. So, it’s protection of the septic systems and can we do something to make sure we get an upgrade or at least a review of the septic system when certain things happen,” Kelly said, noting a suggestion was made to occasionally review septic systems in order to make sure they’re up to code.

At next month’s regular panel meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 10, the panel will discuss height restrictions.

The panel meets at 9 a.m. in the Wakefield Room at ‘Tween Waters Inn, 15951 Captiva Drive.

Interested members of the public can access a PDF version of the revised land development code online at www.morris-depew.com and then send feedback to Max Forgey, mforgey@m-ad.com, and Dave Depew, planning@m-ad.com, of Morris-Depew Associates. If you would like more information bout the land development code, please contact Ken Gooderham, kengooderham@comcast.net.