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Captiva Community Panel sets special meeting on rental limits

By Staff | Apr 19, 2010

The Captiva Community Panel has scheduled a special meeting on Tuesday, April 27 beginning at 9 a.m., to discuss the desire to include any rental limitations in the proposed Lee County Land Development Code affecting Captiva Island. This meeting will be held in the Auger Room in Chadwicks Square at South Seas Island Resort.

The next regular meeting of the Captiva Community Panel will be held on Tuesday. May 11 beginning at 9 a.m., tentatively scheduled in the Wakefield Room at ‘Tween Waters Inn. Information will be posted online at www.captivacommunitypanel.com as soon as it is available.

A community survey is planned to solicit public input on aspects of the proposed changes to the Captiva Land Development Code. A postcard will be sent to all island property owners within information on how to access and complete the survey online. We hope to have the survey ready for public input by late June, but stay tuned for details.

Authorization forms are due

Hurricane season starts June 1, and the forecasts are for a busier season than in recent years. No one knows what that will mean for Captiva, but it should serve as a reminder to be sure you have an up-to-date homeowners’ authorization letter on file with the Captiva Fire District.

This letter specifies who (other than you) is allowed to access your property after a storm, and will be used by law enforcement and fire personnel to determine whether non-property owners will be allowed on the island to check on homes and homesites — which means someone will not be able to check on your property unless you have filed this letter authorizing them to do so.

If you filed an authorization letter previously and nothing has changed, you’re set. But if you have not sent in such a letter, or if your authorized people have changed, now’s the time to get this settled — before you need it.

A copy of the letter can be downloaded from www.mycaptiva.info, or check your mailbox for a mailing from the Captiva Hurricane Preparedness and Response Committee that will explain what you need to do and will include a copy of the letter you can file.

While you’re trying to reason with hurricane season (and if you plan to be here anytime during that six-month period), be sure to get your hurricane pass from the City of Sanibel, which will allow you back across the causeway after a storm. Go to the city’s website at www.mysanibel.com for details.

Comprehensive Plan meeting May 13

What issues do you believe are most important to the sustainable development of Lee County? Does the current plan adequately address those major issues? What changes do you envision to better direct the development of our county through the comprehensive plan?

Lee County is updating its Comprehensive Plan — the Lee Plan — to create a 21st-century document that will help to create a sustainable, self-sufficient community. The update to the Lee Plan will be guided by the state-required Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) process.

The Lee County Division of Planning will hold workshops to encourage public participation in the EAR process, both improve the Lee Plan through policy changes or additional research and to affirm that present policies are producing the anticipated results and addressing relevant issues.

This assessment occurs only once every seven years, so please do not miss this important opportunity to participate in the upcoming May 13 workshop, scheduled at the Captiva Community Center, 11550 Chapin Lane, from 10 a.m. to noon. This will be the only on-island workshop; other sessions are planned off-island through May 11.

Contact the Lee County Division of Planning, at 239-533-8583, for additional information or to request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.