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Sewers, wastewater still being discussed at Captiva Community Panel

By Staff | Jun 21, 2017

A month ago, the Captiva Community Panel resubmitted the revised Captiva Plan to the county to be reviewed for approval.

“It’s been put on hold because of some personnel being out,” said Ken Gooderham, panel member.

However, Gooderham and David Mintz, vice president of the Captiva Community Panel, have a meeting scheduled for June 22 with the county to further discuss readjusting the plan.

“We’re hoping that it will be positive,” Gooderham said. “David (Mintz) did all the work that was discussed during the last meeting to try and restore the language that they have modified or removed.”

After Mintz submitted the revised proposal, he got in touch with David Loveland, acting director of the Lee County Department of Community Development.

“He was very positive in receiving (the plan),” Mintz said.

Some of the major changes the county made to the Captiva Plan include changes to the original plan’s density, sewer and rezoning laws.

As far as the wastewater project goes, the county is in the process of discussing the scope and the cost of the project with TKW Consulting Engineers which is based in Fort Myers.

The Lee County Department of Transportation is still in the process of completing the Captiva Drive survey. The survey is being done so the panel will have a better picture of what’s public and private land. Ultimately, the panel is working towards making the S-curve on Captiva Drive safer for pedestrians.

During the meeting, Sandy Stilwell, a panel member, announced that since she is not able to renew her lease at Sunshine Seafood Cafe which expires this November. She will be moving the restaurant to where Latte Da Coffee Shop & Deli is. Stilwell owns that restaurant as well.

“I’m leaving the basic foot print of (Latte Da Coffee Shop & Deli) exactly the same because it’s historically preserved,” Stilwell said.

Sunshine Seafood Cafe’s new location at 11508 Andy Rosse Lane will have 40 seats. Stilwell will be changing her beer and wine license at Sunshine Seafood Cafe from to go to on-premises. No one on the panel objected.

The next panel meeting will be July 11 in the Cone Room at South Seas Island Resort at 9 a.m. The public is welcomed.