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money, we’re not going to be able to
move forward with this.”
After councilman Jim Jennings
lamented over the lack of support for the
project the city received from the county,
specifically the resistance of commissioner
John Manning, Ruane reiterated that the
island will look at other projects that he
hoped the county would help finance.
“We’ll have another day... another ask,”
he said. “I talked to a lot of commissioners
and understand why they feel the way they
Seeking feedback from the citizens
gathered at city hall, Ruane opened the
floor for public input. Chuck Ketteman,
a resident who spoke on behalf of the
Civic Core Working Group, said it was
unfortunate that “the big losers from all
of this are the citizens of this island.” He
praised the cooperative work done by
the various organizations involved with
planning the civic core project – including
the city, the Island Seniors (Center 4 Life),
BIG ARTS, Sanibel Public Library and the
Sanibel Historical Museum & Village – for
the “greater good of all,” but lamented
the lies and misinformation which were
circulated in the local media and publicly
by individuals and groups, including the
Committee of the Islands. Of the latter,
Ketteman said that he “expected better
Don Rice, a BIG ARTS board member,
noted that his organization was going
to continue to look at opportunities to
expand and enhance their facilities. Mike
Miller, representing COTI, said that he
was looking forward to “begin(ning) the
healing process” and working together to
renovating and expanding the Center 4
Among the challenges facing the
current Center 4 Life building, Ruane
noted, was that the 5,080-square-foot
structure was non-conforming, would
require a new roof, flooring and HVAC
system, and had limited parking availability
on Library Way. As such, the Island
Seniors – which has grown from 573
members in 2004 to 776 members last
year – has had displaced or cancelled
activities due to lack of adequate space
Before the council voted to rescind
the bond referendum resolution, Ruane
suggested that the language of the original
resolution be altered, removing the civic
core portion of the legislation while
keeping the Center 4 Life section intact.
Essentially, that would have asked voters to
finance up to $8 million for the Center 4
Life facility alone.
“If the citizens want us to move forward
with this, we’ll move forward,” said
Harrity, who made a motion to approve
Resolution 17-007, which was read into
the record by city attorney Ken Cuyler. “I
think it’s time for us to take care of our
seniors and build a new senior center.”
According to Cuyler, in order to meet
the Lee County Supervisor of Elections’
deadline for finalizing ballot language
to appear on the March ballot, a final
resolution would have to be submitted
before Friday, January 13.
However, the process confused more
than a few citizens in attendance.
“I’d rather that you rescind (the original
resolution) and start all over again,” said
resident Tommy Williams. “This is a very
“I’m pretty confused, and I suspect that
a lot of other people are confused,” added
Barry Alan Roth, who asked the council
to bring a new resolution specifically to
finance a bond to fund the construction
of a new Center 4 Life, allow the citizens
to read the draft resolution and proposed
ballot language, then provide feedback on
both to the council.
“People need to know exactly what
this project is before we have to vote on
it,” said fellow resident Michael Goodwin.
“There’s no need to put the cart before
Following some additional discussion,
Harrity removed his motion to approve
“I don’t have an issue with taking our
time to do this,” said Ruane.
2017 Task List
by Jeff Lysiak
After welcoming the newest
member to their seven-seat family
and electing a chair and vice
chair for the coming year, the Sanibel
Planning Commission approved the
city’s planning department project
task list for 2017 along with setting
this year’s subcommittee calendar of
Following her appointment last
month, Karen Storjohann officially
joined the commission on Tuesday
morning. A retired teacher, Storjohann
has been a staunch follower of both
the council and commission as well as
an active citizen during city meetings.
She was appointed to the seat vacated
by Tom Krekel, who did not seek
Dr. Phillip Marks was re-elected as
chair of the commission while Holly
Smith was elected to serve as vice chair.
Previous vice chair Chris Heidrick noted
that personal obligations would not
allow him to continue to serve in that
The planning department’s 2017
project task list includes taking action
on pervious pavers for single-family
residences, which will focus on
evaluating coverage limitations for
pavers when a lot size has been reduced
due to natural erosion, and formula
retail legislation, evaluating whether the
current definition and aggregate total of
floor area should be changed.
Other ongoing/pending projects
• Sign ordinance
• Pervious pavers for multi-family
• Commercial redevelopment
• Guided tour operations
• Incidental dining
• Status of short-term rental of
dwelling units outside the Resort
• Status of banning beach fires at all
Commissioners will also look into
“cleaning up” legislation regarding
notification to adjacent property owners
for development permits and Scrivener’s
errors within the Land Development
The 2017 subcommittee calendar
includes scheduling the Below Market
Rate Housing Review on May 9; the
Permitting Process Review on June 13;
the Land Development Code Review on
July 11; and the Capital Improvements
Review on August 8. Each of the
subcommittee meetings will take place
at MacKenzie Hall beginning at 8:15
During commissioner comments at
the end of the meeting, Jason Maughan
officially announced his intention to run
for city council in March.
Chief To Be
Sanibel Police Chief Jamie Phillips,
the longest serving city employee
since the island incorporated,
will be honored at a reception under
the Sanibel City Hall cupola at 800
Dunlop Road on Tuesday, January 17
beginning at 8:15 a.m.
At 9 a.m ., Sanibel Mayor Kevin Ruane
and the Sanibel City Council will honor
the retiring chief with the presentation of
a proclamation and a token of the city’s
appreciation of his service. Refreshments
will be served.
The City of Sanibel Administrative
Offices will be closed in
observance of Martin Luther King,
Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. The
offices will resume regular operating
hours on Tuesday, January 17.
Refuse, recycling and vegetation
waste collection will be collected on the
regularly scheduled day. For questions,
call Advanced Disposal at 334-1224.
The Recreation Center will also be
closed Monday and will resume regular
operating hours on Tuesday, For
questions, call 472-0345.
Center 4 Life/Civic Center will also
be closed Monday and will resume
regular operating hours on Tuesday. For
questions, call 472-5743.
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