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CCP sets summer schedule for updating Code

By Staff | May 11, 2018

TIFFANY REPECKI Captiva Community Panel President David Mintz outlines for the rest of the member the proposed summer plan for updating the Captiva Code at the May 8 meeting.

The Captiva Community Panel approved its summer plan and an additional consultant fee for the Captiva Code at its recent meeting, as well as agreed to reach out to Lee County on two issues.

On May 8, the panel voted unanimously to pay local planner Max Forgey an extra $3,000 to provide options for addressing the high-priority concerns identified as part of the Code update. President David Mintz explained that the alternatives will be based on how other communities handled similar issues.

Some of the comparable areas cited included Boca Grande, Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach.

“How they have dealt with it and give us options,” Mintz said.

Over the summer, local planner David Depew will review the new Captiva Plan, current Code and county ordinances on land use and development, then propose any additional steps that the panel can take to protect the Plan and zoning from any future amendments that increase density and intensity.

Mintz noted that some of the new language in the Plan may be too general.

“We may have an obligation to make it a little more detailed,” he said. “Between now and June, we’re going to flush all this stuff out.”

In the meantime, panel administrator Ken Gooderham will propose to the panel which issues raised during public workshops and an online community survey need to be eliminated from the updating project.

“Ken will eliminate about 30 percent,” Mintz said. “This is a first cut.”

He added that the cuts will most likely involve preemptive legislation that the panel cannot change, concerns that ranked lower on the list of priorities for the public and issues no one cared about.

Once the list of high-priority concerns is established, Gooderham will better define each one, while Forgey will review existing local, state and federal regulations and compare similar situations. In addition, Depew will present any regulatory options on the issues and identify the best possible fits.

“So that’s sort of the overview of the plan for the summer,” Mintz said.

A report is expected to be prepared in September, with a presentation to the panel in November.

Panel Member Mike Kelly suggested sharing the completed report with the public in pieces, like breakout sessions, rather than all at once. He stressed the need for community feedback on all parts.

“Otherwise, it will be a conglomeration of stuff,” Kelly said. “It has to be workshopped all the way along, so the community’s as involved as we are – we’re a planning group, that’s our situation.”

Also during the meeting, the panel decided to approach the county about funding for community planning, like it has received in previous years, and controlling the island’s iguana population.

The panel typically receives $50,000 in funds from the county for projects and such.

Mintz noted that it did not receive any funding for next year.

“I think it’s important we make a request to the county to put it back in the budget,” he said.

Gooderham suggested that the panel draw up a proposal outlining the reasons why it needs $50,000, adding that the panel may also want to include other similar entities that rely on the county funds.

“If it’s just Captiva, it puts a bit of a bullseye on our back,” he said.

With the iguana situation, the panel discussed if the species is a problem, how Sanibel handles its population and where they can be found on Captiva, with Turner Beach and South Seas noted.

“I think the question now is whether or not we actually go to the county at this point,” Mintz said.

He voiced reaching out, as well as contacting the Captiva Erosion Prevention District.

“See if the county will be willing to take responsibility for culling the iguana population on Captiva and keep it under control,” Mintz said.

The panel heard a short presentation on the proposed re-platting of two adjacent plots.

Austin Turner, with Henderson Franklin Attorneys at Law, explained that one plot has a residential structure encroaching on the adjacent boundary line, which is being resolved with the re-platting.

“Arrange the lot lines so the encroachment is entirely in our client’s property” he said.

Russell Trout, also with the firm, explained that it is a few inches and a roof overhang.

“So instead of a straight line – it’s going to be a little jagged,” he said.

Panel Member Jay Brown gave an update on the wastewater alternatives study.

“TKW (Consulting Engineers) has completed the study,” he said. “I have not seen the study.”

Brown added, however, that he has been told it contains the best options for a central sewer system along with a cost analysis, the means for public regulation of existing septic systems and more.

“The per parcel long-term (cost) is equivalent to each person operating their own septic system,” he said he was told about the central system. “But I have not seen any of the data underlining that.”

Brown said Lee County staff has reportedly reviewed the study.

“I’m hopeful that the next steps will be that Lee County will allow TKW to share the study with members of the Wastewater Committee,” he said.


– Mintz reported on the Captiva Drive project that CenturyLink has no equipment in the path, so pricing for moving the existing equipment has been obtained. The next step is sitting down with Lee County and outlining the plan, as well as obtaining easements from the involved property owners.

The Lee County Department of Transportation has assigned a project manager.

“Everyone seems to think this is doable, so there we go,” he said.

– Secretary Mike Mullins reported that a draft of the panel’s new website is out.

“At this point, we’re trying to get it released in the best condition that we can,” he said.

Mullins anticipates that the site will launch over the summer.

“Over time, we’ll be adding to it,” he said, citing videos and such.

The panel debated if hurricane information should be posted on it. It eventually decided that the distribution of information during a disaster may fit better with the fire district and moved to suggest that the commission assign the duties to a district employee or hire a public information officer.

– Vice President Mike Boris reported that Monday After the Masters raised more than $17,000 after expenses were deducted. In addition, the most recent donation letter has brought in almost $5,000.

“It’s off to a great start,” he said.

– The panel is a recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Charitable Foundation of the Islands’ 2018 Capacity Grant and Collaboration Grant initiative.

– The panel will aim to hold its summer meetings as scheduled.

For more information on the Plan and Code, visit www.captivacommunitypanel.com.