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Woodring Road dock addition approved

By Staff | Apr 25, 2013

Sanibel Planning Commission approved two boat dock project applications at Tuesday’s public meeting at MacKenzie Hall.

An application for conditional use and development permits had its first public hearing before the commission.

The project requests an addition to an existing dock to accommodate a 10,000-pound boat lift facing San Carlos Bay for property owners Martin and Crystal Mulder on Woodring Road. Butch Jones of SteMic Enterprises, the dock contractor, agreed with the conditions expressed by Roy Gibson’s planning department report and the application was approved unanimously.

The property lies in the bay beach zone of the Land Development Code west of Dixie Beach Road where docks are allowed. A dock already exists at the property.

“There is no adverse impact on the shoreline,” said Gibson. “There is an osprey nest on the boat lift of the neighboring property and we are making it a condition of the permit that if the nest becomes active that no construction can be done until the young fledge and the nest abandoned.”

Gibson also revealed there was one letter received from the neighbor supporting the application.

Commissioner Tom Krekel sparked a brief discussion about osprey nests by asking whether the nest simply could be removed.

“An osprey nest can be removed with a state permit, and I don’t think there is a fee for that permit, only while it is unoccupied,” added Natural Resources director James Evans.

It was pointed out that despite removing the nest in question, which has been in place for a number of years, the osprey likely would return and build a nest there again.

The issue was discussed purely on a hypothetical basis since neither property owner nor the contractor made such a request.

The resolution approving an application for a variance on behalf of Caloosa End Lane property owners William and Julie Hayles, which had a public hearing at the last commission meeting on April 9, returned to the panel for final approval.

The Hayles boat dock replacement project encroaches on the side property line setback requirement of 15 feet when extended into the canal. Stokes Marine is the dock contractor on the project.

Commissioners unanimously approved that resolution.

Board members also discussed options of taking a brief summer break from meetings, which will be addressed in further detail at the next commission meeting on May 14.