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Pavers For Historical Village
by Jeff Lysiak
During Tuesday’s planning commission meeting, a Certificate Of
Appropriateness was granted for the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village,
which had requested permission to replace the existing wooden walkways
with pervious brick pavers located throughout the facility.
According to the application, the museum’s plans were reviewed by the Sanibel
Historical Preservation Committee at the July 2 meeting. The committee concluded
that the subject plans met the criteria for a Certificate Of Appropriateness and recom-
mended that the planning commission approve the certificate.
Asked by the commission why the facility was seeking to replace its wooden walk-
ways, Karl Rodman, president of the museum’s board of directors, responded that one
factor was the desire to establish consistency with the brick pavers located near the
entrance of the village. He also noted that safety was a concern.
“If you noticed, our walkways are slightly raised and have 2x4’s along the edges
to prevent wheelchairs from rolling off,” said Rodman. “However, we have had some
people trip over it.”
Following a brief presentation from city planner Roy Gibson, who noted seven rec-
ommended conditions in granting the Certificate of Appropriateness, commissioners
voted unanimously in favor of the application.
In other business, a variance that will allow an addition to be constructed at a
Southwinds Drive residence – required due to the addition being closer than 50 feet
from the centerline of the roadway – was awarded final approval.
The home owned by Mark and Bethany Rees – located at 240 Southwinds Drive
– proposes to be expanded with a 12-foot by 6-foot addition at the front of the resi-
dence. The couple wants to convert an existing bathroom into two smaller bathrooms
so that the two adjoining bedrooms can have separate bathrooms.
Commissioners voted 6 to 0 in favor of the application on June 9.
Also on Tuesday, a development permit application to construct a new single-family
residence – including an elevated swimming pool and deck – within the Butterknife
subdivision was approved. The property is located at 2337 Starfish Lane.
Because the proposed elevated swimming pool and deck are higher than seven
feet above predevelopment grade, the application was required to be reviewed by the
planning commission as a long-form permit application pursuant to the standards and
procedures set forth within the Sanibel Code of Ordinances.
According to city planner Benjamin Pople, planning staff recommended approval
of the application subject to 18 conditions, including a number of Upland Wetlands
Ecological Zone and “AE” flood zone-specific conditions as well as:
• The height of the deck for the proposed elevated swimming pool and spa shall
not exceed an elevation of +13.50 feet NAVD.
• The wall height of the screen enclosure shall not exceed the height of the elevated
living level of the residence, and the overall height of the screen enclosure shall not
exceed the height of the principal structure’s roof.
• A landscaped vegetation screen shall be installed and permanently maintained to
effectively buffer the proposed residence and elevated pool from adjacent properties
and West Gulf Drive.
Commissioner John Talmage asked Pople if any correspondence had been received
by the city regarding the proposed development. “We have received no communica-
tions, either positive or negative, regarding this application,” said Pople, who noted
that the public hearing had been advertised three times.
After several other commissioners weighed in with their thoughts, architect Edgar
Burton – representing property owners Kenneth and Alice Piech – was asked if his
clients had agreed with all of the conditions recommended by the planning department
“They do accept these conditions,” said Burton. “They want to be in compliance
Commissioner Tom Krekel made a motion to approve the application, which was
seconded by Jason Maughan before being formally approved, 6 to 0.
FISH Offering Credit
FISH of Sanibel-Captiva, working with Cheryl McConahy, manager of Fifth
Third Bank, is offering a complimentary workshop for those who wish to
build or rebuild their credit. The workshop will be held at the FISH Walk-In
Center, located at 2430 Periwinkle Way, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday August
11. Those in attendance will learn how to deal with debt related issues and begin
rebuilding or correcting their credit report.
The workshop will cover debt collection issues, reducing debt, bankruptcy as an
option, Fair Credit Reporting Act, how to get your free credit report, Chapter 7 vs.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy, foreclosure and other topics.
McConahy, who deals with credit issues every day, will be available to speak one-
on-one about participants’ particular credit issues. For more information or to RSVP,
contact Christine Swiersz or Jessi Zeigler of FISH, at 472-4775.
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