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Panel, community discuss building restrictions and signs

By Staff | Feb 25, 2010

Last Thursday, the Captiva Community Panel and members of the community met with Max Forgey of Morris-Depew and Associates to workshop height restrictions and signage language for the land development code.

At the last meeting of the panel on Feb. 9, several people asked that Forgey present different building scenarios at the workshop session so that panel members and residents could see the difference between the old code and the changes that Morris-Depew and Associates were suggesting.

Forgey presented different scenarios based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flood insurance rate maps (FIRM), including building at the highest elevation on Captiva and the lowest.

After the land development code is approved, people who decide to build homes on Captiva will be allowed only two floors of living space, not to exceed 28 feet. Twenty-eight feet allows a home-builder two floors, plus the decking underneath them of about a foot-and-a-half each, a lower floor of 10 feet, an upper floor of nine feet and some slope to the roof – not to exceed eight feet.

“We’re treating everybody equally. We’ve got two floors and a sloped roof that go 28 feet to the mean of the slope,” Forgey said.

“We’re not trying to get into architectural details, we’re trying to offer flexibility,” said panel member Mike Kelly.

After Forgey fielded questions from the audience about height and building restrictions, the conversation moved on to language concerning signs on Captiva, both commercial and residential, in regards to the maximum allowable size of signs and signs that should be prohibited.

Most attendees agreed with Forgey’s changes, but several people in the audience wondered if, in addition to the prohibition of “sold” and “for rent” signs on Captiva, “for sale” signs could also be prohibited.

Forgey said he would do more research about prohibiting for sale signs and present his findings at the next meeting.

“We’re going to give you another draft in about a week. All of you know how to reach us [and] I encourage you to send us your comments.”

If you have questions, concerns or ideas, Max Forgey can be reached at mforgey@m-da.com or 239-333-0558.

You can view the drafts of the land development code online at www.captivacommunitypanel.com.

The Captiva Community Panel will meet again on Tuesday, March 9 at 9 a.m. in the Wakefield Room at ‘Tween Waters Inn, 15951 Captiva Drive.