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Gift Shop Expansion
by Jeff Lysiak
During Tuesday’s meeting of the Sanibel Planning Commission, a conditional
use permit was granted for the expansion of a business located in the
Periwinkle Place Shopping Center while also allowing the retailer to
continue to prepare and process a number of food items on-site.
Sand Castle Gifts and Gourmet, which will occupy units 20 and 21 of the
shopping center located at 2017 Periwinkle Way, sought to expand its business to
a total of 1,920 square feet.
“The applicant proposes to combine two existing commercial retail units
at Periwinkle Place Shopping Center to expand a gift and gourmet shop that
includes the on-site preparation or processing of food and/or beverages,” said Roy
Gibson, senior planner for the City of Sanibel in presenting the staff report to the
commission. “No site improvements, indoor seating, increase in commercial floor
area, impermeable coverage or developed area is proposed.”
Gibson noted that the business was required to obtain a conditional use permit
to allow for the on-site food preparation and processing. Previous ownership did
not obtain those necessary permits.
According to business owner David Kempkers, Sand Castle Gifts and Gourmet
– which he purchased in 2011 – has prepared fine cheeses, homemade crab dip,
Key lime pies and fresh brewed coffees for many years. “The main reason that
we’re expanding is to make the shopping experience more pleasurable,” he said.
“We’re not looking to make ourselves a restaurant.”
As part of the planned expansion, approximately 20 feet of a wall located
between the two units will be removed, allowing customers more room for
movement within the retail shop.
Following a brief discussion, commissioner Chuck Ketteman made a motion
to approve the application, which was seconded by chairman Dr. Phillip Marks.
Commissioners voted 7 to 0 in favor of granting the permit.
In other mat ters before the commission on Tuesday:
• A variance was granted that will allow for the construction of a second
floor dormer addition to a single-family residence – located at 970 Victoria
Way – to penetrate the primary and secondary angle of light height restriction.
Commissioners voted unanimously for approval.
• A conditional use permit application (continued from a public hearing in
March) to allow for the installation of a second boat lift to encroach within the
minimum setback required from the waterward extension of the side property line
– located at 1824 Woodring Road – was approved, with commissioners voting 6 to
0 in favor of the application. Vice chair Chris Heidrick abstained from the vote.
• A development permit to allow for an elevated accessory swimming pool
and deck to be constructed greater than seven feet above predevelopment grade
in conjunction with the proposed development of a new single-family residence
– located at 1800 Woodring Raod – was granted, along with a variance request
to allow for the deck of the elevated pool to be higher than two feet above the
minimum required base flood elevation. Commissioners voted 5 to 0 in favor of
the application, with Heidrick and commissioner Jason Maughan abstaining from
• A resolution formally denying the application for a conditional use permit
made by owners seeking to establish a low-speed golf cart rental business – located
at 2427 Periwinkle Way – was approved. Commissioners voted 5 to 1 in favor of
passing the resolution, with commissioner Tom Krekel voting against and Heidrick
Local Business Designs Shirt
Supporting Sanibel Police
The residents of Sanibel have been recognizing the professionalism of the officers
involved in the recent shooting on Sanibel, and “we are joining in supporting
them,” said Peter Savage, who manages the Sanibel Gear store on the east
end. “Sanibel Gear has designed a shirt to participate in supporting our local law
enforcement, and is donating the profit from the shirts to the local police union,
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Lodge 33,” he added.
Not only does the sale of the shirts benefit the officers’ union, it gives the
community an ongoing opportunity to show their support for Sanibel’s police officers.
Savage is an active police officer in New York, who continues to work part time
there when not living and working on Sanibel.
The project is a cooperative effort of the FOP, Sanibel Gear and a number of
island businesses, and is being assisted by the Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber
Shirts are a sun-protective 40 UPF, feature the protection and support theme
and are made in the U.S . The shirts will be on sale at local businesses for $29.50.
At around 8 p.m. on November 20, Officer Jarred Ciccone was shot by a
passing motorist while conducting a traffic stop on Periwinkle Way. Officer
Ciccone was taken to a local hospital where the gunshot wound to his shoulder
was treated. The person who shot the officer was arrested following a shootout
with police near his home. Two other Sanibel police officers were also involved in
“We’re very proud to be a part of this program and to donate proceeds to our
local police union on a community-based level,” said Savage. “In addition to the
lasting support, it ’s very comforting for our officers to know the value placed on
their dedicated service to our communit y in such a special way.”
An initial order of shirts is now available for Christmas. For more information,
T-shirts front and back designs
photo courtesy Sanibel Gear
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