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Conditional use permit granted for Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church improvements

By Staff | Jan 20, 2016

There wasn’t any dissention for the consideration of a conditional use permit application by the Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Tuesday’s Sanibel Planning Commission meeting.

The Planning Department recommended the passage with recommendations attached since there will be no new uses being established.

“It’s a cut and dry request,” said Planning Commission member Holly Smith. “There are no seating being added, so that will not affect parking.”

The permit will allow an approximately 1,040 square feet addition and renovations to occur between the fellowship hall and residence located near the rear of the church, in order to construct a new sacristy, Sunday school classrooms and restroom facilities.

A presentation was held for the Planning Commission by Barbara Harrington, on behalf of Hillgate Marketing Services, about the Highland Study, which addresses renovation on the island for condos, resorts and hotels.

The presentation focused on the importance of upkeeping a clean, bright and hospitable look on Sanibel for future tourism. Harrington pointed out that in the case of the Colony Inn of Sanibel, a $25,000 to $30,000 renovation on the inside and outside of a resort, resulted in an extra $16,000 plus in business.

“Renovation does pay,” Harrington said. “They recouped their renovation budget within 18 months.”

She added there is a good relationship between the resort/condo community and the City, which has been a big help.