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Year 2016 Budget
by Jeff Lysiak
Last Wednesday evening, city
council members unanimously
approved a pair of resolutions
to establish Sanibel’s fiscal year 2016
budget, adopting an operating millage
rate of 1.9139 mills and total budget of
During the brief public hearing,
Finance Director Sylvia Edwards offered
a PowerPoint presentation detailing
highlights of the city’s FY2016 budget.
She noted that over the past nine years,
Sanibel’s operating millage rate has
declined steadily, from 2.500 in 2007 to
the most recent rate of 1.9995, which
officially ended on September 30.
While the city’s total budget increased
8.95 percent over last year’s adopted
budget ($51,434,984), it decreased 2.87
percent from the FY2015 amended bud-
The council, with Vice Mayor Mick
Denham excused, voted 4 to 0 to
approve the FY2016 budget, which also
includes debt millage service rates of:
• 0.2026 for Sewer Voted Debt
• 0.0761 for Land Acquisition Voted
• 0.1179 for Recreation Center Voted
Also notable in the FY2016 budget
were Sanibel property values, which
climbed 4.89 percent over last year, cur-
rently sitting at $4,511,881,958.
“Our peak property value was at $5.2
billion (in 2007) and the millage rate was
higher then at 2.5 mills,” noted Mayor
Kevin Ruane. “Our property values now
are $600 to $700 million lower than the
peak, but the millage rate is down … The
most astonishing thing is the amount of
debt we’ve retired and the things we’ve
Architectural Design Standards
by Jeff Lysiak
During Tuesday’s planning commission agenda, the primary discussion cen-
tered on establishing Architectural Design Standards for Sanibel’s Resort
Housing District as well as multi-family and commercial properties.
Since current legislation regarding architectural and site planning guidelines on the
island applies only to the Town Center and Town Center Limited Commercial District,
planning department director Jim Jordan told the commissioners that the first step
towards new legislation would be to inventory and identify Sanibel’s current architec-
In his PowerPoint presentation, Jordan noted that Sanibel’s “Island Style” included:
• Buildings that are rural in character, smaller in stature, understated in design, and
incorporate sustainable design elements
• Porches, pronounced overhangs, sloped roofs, operable windows, light colors
“Four sub-styles currently exist on the island – Old Florida, Island Eclectic, Island
Contemporary and Caribbean,” Jordan explained during his presentation.
A proposed draft ordnance of Sanibel’s Architectural Design Standards would
apply only to resort housing, hotels/motels, resort housing structures, structures
containing timeshare units, multi-family housing and dwellings, structures within a
multifamily development commercial buildings and buildings and structures located in
the Commercial District. These standards would not apply to single-family, duplex or
triplex residential structures nor buildings and structures intended for institutional use.
Jordan noted that the planning department’s recommended Architectural Design
Standards would require buildings to be designed “to appear as a group that vary in
volume and size.” Additional standards would include:
• Buildings shall not appear monolithic.
• Buildings shall provide visual interest through architectural features, massing, fen-
estration and secondary space (such as decks, porches and breezeways).
• Facades will be presented at a human scale.
• Building design should not permit noise, light and other impacts to adjacent resi-
• Buildings will utilize roof forms to shield roof-top mechanical equipment from off-
Planning commission char Dr. Phillip Marks, who cited a need to add architectural
standards on Sanibel, recalled a 2008 trolley tour reviewing island building styles as
“eye opening.” He noted that in the years leading up to the city’s incorporation, a
building “frenzy” left the island peppered with several “boxy, non-attractive structures”
which were created to maximize floor space.
“During that period, I sort of feel like we lost our sense of place,” Marks said, not-
ing that the 2008 tour gave him an opportunity to “see, feel and appreciate the differ-
ent styles of architecture on the island.”
“Our desire is not to have a cookie-cutter style of architecture,” said Jordan, who
added that the proposed legislation would allow his department to review architectural
standards with applicants during their pre-permitting meetings. “This (ordinance) would
give us a set of tools to evaluate structures.”
While commissioner Holly Smith suggested adding “institutional uses” to the proposed
ordinance, fellow commissioner Chuck Ketteman offered that if such standards were in
place a few years ago, the Sanibel Recreation Center “would look extremely different.”
“The number one objective what we’re trying to do is not wanting to have institu-
tional-looking buildings on the island,” added commissioner Chris Heidrick. “We’re just
taking the existing standard, which has worked well for us, and we’re applying them to
Following some additional discussion, Jordan told the commissioners that he would
bring back the proposed draft ordinance and resolution for Architectural Design
Standards on Sanibel at the next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, begin-
ning at 9 a.m.
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