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Planners approve variance for boat dock replacement

By Staff | Oct 27, 2010

On Tuesday, the Planning Commission considered a request to allow a boat dock (that would encroach into minimum required setbacks) and a boat lift (that would project over a side property line as extended waterward) at a Limpet Drive property where a concrete dock already exists.

Because the existing dock, which is in substandard condition, was constructed before incorporation, and the establishment of current minimum setback standards, the Planning Department’s staff report recommended granting the variances.

During his presentation to the commission, planner Roy Gibson stated that the proposed installation of a new boat dock and lift will allow the vessel to be stored out of the water, reducing the need to clean and chemically maintain the bottom of the boat.

“It will also reduce the concentration of bottom shading within the canal and improve upon the overall air and light circulation,” the report stated, in part.

Gibson also noted 19 conditions required prior to recommendation of the variances, which include several standard requirements for all island boat docks, lifts and davits. Prior to issuing a building permit, the property owner — Dewaine and Julia King — must acquire a Revocable License to Obstruct a public right-of-way or canal from the City Manager pursuant to Sanibel Code.

“The purpose of this application is to replace the existing concrete dock, which is in very poor condition,” said Joseph Lutz, representing the applicants. “We hope that you will grant this variance and allow us to build this boat dock.”

The proposed dock will be constructed of wood and will include a 12.5′ x 12.5′ lift. Both would be situated predominantly parallel to the south side of the property line as extended into the canal.

Tom Krekel made the motion to grant the variances, which passed 7-0. A public hearing will be held at the next meeting of the commission, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m.

In other business, commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the Barrier Island Restaurant Group to relocate Twilight Cafe to 2430 Periwinkle Way. Owner Robert Parks will move the eat-in restaurant from its current West Gulf Drive location in order to open a 62-seat eatery along Sanibel’s busiest thoroughfare.

The application stipulated that the restaurant, which is located on the same parcel as an office building, would open only after 5 p.m. The office space, now unoccupied, would be required to be vacant between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. due to the number of parking spaces — 29 — required onsite.

Holly Smith made a motion to accept the resolution, which passed 7-0.

Also, planners approved a variance application from Kennard and Mary Warfield to expand their single-family residence on San Carlos Bay Drive.

Due to the home’s proximity to the mean high water line, the structure cannot be located closer than 30 feet from San Carlos Bay, and more than 50 percent of the habitable floor area must be located within the Altered Lands Zone.

The Warfield’s application also calls for a plan to revegetate the area within the Bay Beach Zone, from which the stone walkway and driveway must be removed, and 75 percent of appropriate vegetation must be native species.

Chris Heidrick motioned to accept the resolution, which passed unanimously.