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ISLAND SUN - JANUARY 12, 2018
To Hold Volunteer
The Sanibel Historical Village board
and committee members will conduct
a training program to get new
volunteers started and to help current
volunteers refresh their memories about
the many historical buildings, artifacts and
stories to share with visitors.
The program will consist of two classes.
The first of the two classes will be from
1 to 3 p.m . on Monday, January 22 in
Shore Haven, and the second class will be
from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, January 29,
also in Shore Haven. Classes will feature
a general overview and presentations by
village experts, as well as a guided tour
through the village.
“Our training sessions are fun and a
great way to meet people,” Executive
Director Emilie Alfino said. “Anybody can
volunteer, even if they start out without
any knowledge of Sanibel history. We will
teach you what you need to know and are
always available to help.”
Anyone interested in becoming a
volunteer should call Alfino at 472-4648.
The Sanibel Historical Museum and
Village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday through Saturday. It is located at
950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS).
Admission is $10 for adults over 18; no
charge for members and those under 18.
Docent-guided tours are available at 10:30
a.m . and 1:30 p.m. at no extra charge,
based upon docent availability. There is
handicap access to all buildings. For more
information, call 472-4648 during business
hours or visit www.sanibelmuseum.org.
From left, volunteers Annette Hendrick, Terry Jacob and Julie Kocourek
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Historical Recognition Policy
by Jeff Lysiak
During last week’s meeting of the city’s Historical Preservation Committee,
members of the group reviewed the first draft of a policy establishing the
criteria for Sanibel to officially recognize historical people that may include
the naming/renaming of streets or other public facilities within the city.
The single-page draft, created with the input of the committee at the request
of Sanibel City Council, recommended what criteria should be considered and
the procedure, from the initial application through review by the committee and
According to the proposed policy, the four criteria given consideration for
The person(s) have significance or value as part of the development, heritage or
cultural characteristics of the city that contributes to civic pride and wider public
knowledge and appreciation of the heritage and history of Sanibel;
The person(s) are associated with the events that have made a significant
contribution to the broad pattern of local history;
The person(s) are directly associated with an event or events significant to the
The person(s) exemplify the cultural, political, economic, social and/or historic
heritage of the community.
The draft goes on to detail the procedure of investigating public support for
the naming/renaming of streets or facilities, suggesting that it should “have broad
based appeal, be found consistent with the goals, objectives and policies of the
Sanibel Plan regarding historical preservation, contribute to the conservation of
property values and to the protection of equity invested by residents and owners
of propert y fronting on the subject street or adjoining public facility proposed for
recognition, and support the general interests of the other citizens of the city.”
Consideration of the naming/renaming of a street or other public facility for an
individual person “shall not occur until after the first anniversary of the person’s
death,” the draft noted. To avoid confusion, proposed names shall not be a
duplication of an existing name, be the same for all segments of a street and not
be perceived to be offensive to any segments of the communit y.
At the suggestion of City Manager Judie Zimomra, all requests to recognize
historical people shall be submitted to the city’s planning department. Upon
completion of staff review of the application, including all required documentation,
the application will be forwarded to the Sanibel Historical Preservation Committee
for their review. The committee will then make a recommendation for the cit y
council to review the application.
Last year, the city installed the first Pioneer Family plaque along the Sanibel
Heritage Trail. Members of the Gavin and Walker families, who originally came to
Sanibel in 1917, were recognized on the plaque for their “substantial contributions
to the economic and historical development of Sanibel and Captiva.”
Shortly before the August 14 unveiling of the marker on Sanibel-Captiva Road,
Eugene Gavin had requested that the city consider renaming Tarpon Bay Road for
its significance as “a major walkway” bet ween the Gavin and Walker homesteads.
That request eventually led to the council wanting to establish a policy regarding
the recognition of historical people on the island.
Prior to the committee voting 8 to 0 – with member Ty Symroski absent – to
approve the draft policy, chair Deb Gleason suggested that the committee conduct
one final review of the proposed legislation before passing it along to cit y council.
That review is expected to be completed at the next meeting, scheduled to take
place at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 1 at MacKenzie Hall.
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