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Planners approve boat dock, lift at Limpet Drive residence

By Staff | Nov 10, 2010

During a swift moving Planning Commission session on Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a variance request to permit a boat dock and lift, as well as the development permits allowing both, at a Limpet Drive property.

Commissioners voted 7-0 in favor of passing the resolution that will 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) where a concrete dock currently exists for applicants Dewaine and Julia King.

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.

At their last meeting, 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.

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 owners must acquire a Revocable License to Obstruct a public right-of-way or canal from the City Manager pursuant to Sanibel Code.

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.

Commissioner Holly Smith made a motion to pass the resolution, which was seconded by Tom Krekel.

In other business, commission chairman Michael Valiquette noted that he attended the opening day of the Sanibel Island Farmers Market on Sunday. He remarked what a great turnout the event drew, but asked Director of Planning Jimmy Jordan about problems he saw regarding parking both at and adjacent to City Hall.

“Parking is going to be a forever problem,” said Valiquette, who added that he had already consulted with Public Works Director Gates Castle about the matter.

Jordan said that he would look into ways to avoid potential parking issues in the future, and that the city may request assistance from some of the island’s service organizations — including the Lions, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs — to help with on-site parking as the season continues.

The Sanibel Island Farmers Market operates on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of City Hall, at 800 Dunlop Road, through the end of April.

Also, commissioners will review the progress of their discussions regarding redevelopment within the city’s Resort Housing District at the next meeting of the Land Development Code Review Subcommittee. That session will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 23 beginning at 9 a.m.