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Public hearing on city’s docket

By Staff | Apr 22, 2015

Sanibel has scheduled an April 28 public hearing for conditional use applications from a couple of merchants in the city, including a popular bath and body care firm.

Planning Commissioners will also hear public feedback on a conditional use application by the Doc Ford’s chain. The popular eatery’s owners propose a new store at 2.4-acre site at Tarpon Bay and Periwinkle. Public input is part of the approval process. Neighbors had expressed concerns over the Doc Ford’s project, citing noise and traffic, for instance. Those neighbors get the chance to voice those concerns at the 9 a.m. public hearing at city hall, which is at 800 Dunlop.

Lingering concerns or opposition to the Planning Commission’s decision would follow the “established, codified appeals process,” city manager Judie Zimomra said.

Site plans for a new Doc Ford’s filed with the city show a 7,600-square-foot building with seating for some 214 guests and 122 parking slots. A conditional use permit is required because of the proposed higher density of patrons and traffic for the parcel that had been a medical complex. The land was once owned by Sam Bailey of the retailing family.