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Redevelopment of resorts and multifamily buildings issue

By Staff | Mar 2, 2016

To the editor:

Larry Schopp, Board member, Committee of the Islands, Guest Commentary in the Feb. 10 issue of the Island Reporter, presented a good description of the problems involved with the redevelopment of resorts and multifamily buildings on Sanibel. Quoting Mr. Schopp, “the question is, who is to determine the future character of our community as resorts and other structures are redevelopedthe citizens through their elected representatives or their developers.” I agree with his statement, “the answer is clear.” In our Republic form of Government, we elect representatives of the people. As in our case, our city council decides such matters.

When we have developments such as resorts and multifamily projects, economics determine the type of improvements. Any redevelopment must meet the customers demand at the time of its construction.

Customers change their desires as time progresses. Are we to believe that the wants of these customers are the same as they were 20 or 30 years ago?

Of course not. No developer will proceed with any development that does not meet the customers wants and is economically feasible. It’s simple. Either permit projects that are economically feasible or forget the possibility of redevelopment of existing properties.

For those of you who are relatively new to the Island, COTI was formed to combat the Realtors and Chamber of Commerce members’ proposals for ideas for the island. Realtors can only sell what the public desires and Chamber of Commerce members can only exist if they meet their customers wants.

Dale Armstrong