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by Jeff Lysiak
Plans to construct a new
3,270 -square-foot bank facility
with drive-through access on three
heavily vegetated lots located off of
Palm Ridge Road were approved by the
Sanibel Planning Commission during
EC Palm Ridge, LLC, the owners of
lots 3, 4 and 5 within Block D of the
Palm Ridge subdivision, submitted both
a conditional use permit and a develop-
ment permit application to build a
Chase Bank facility with a drive-through
ATM amenity. The bank, to be located
between Wells Fargo Bank and the
Speedway gas station, will be accessed
by motorists from both Palm Ridge
Road and Wax Myrtle Way.
City Planner Benjamin Pople noted
during his presentation that while banks
are normally considered a permanent
use, because of the drive-through
feature, a conditional use application
was required. A long-form application
was also required due to the size of the
During discussions on the subject,
Commissioner Karen Storjohann
questioned when the shared use
path – noted on the proposed site plan
– wo uld be installed. Keith Williams,
director of the city’s public works
department, explained that while the
path was on the “near term radar” for
construction, no official date to begin
work was available.
Chairman Dr. Phillip Marks later
added that due to the amount of large
construction vehicles that will be access-
ing the site while the building is being
built, having the shared use path added
after construction made more sense.
Fellow Commissioner Chuck
Ketteman noted that due to the
potential for an obstructed sight-line
for motorists entering and exiting the
property, trees and plantings proposed
for the site should be installed carefully,
with public safety in mind.
Other issues with the application
that were discussed during deliberations
included way-finding signs along both
Palm Ridge Road and Wax Myrtle
Way, the proposed color of the building
(beige) being too prevalent among other
commercial buildings within the subdivi-
sion, and if the bank should consider
submitting a waiver that would allow
them to install two signs, since it will be
accessible via two separate roadways.
“Currently, the city code allows
only one ground-mounted or building
mounted sign,” Senior Planner Roy
Gibson told members of the commis-
sion. He also noted that the applicant
may apply for a hardship waiver to the
Following some additional debate,
Ketteman made a motion to approve
the applications, which were later sec-
onded by Vice Chair Dirk deWerff and
approved 6 to 0, with Commissioner
John Talmage absent and excused.
In other business, the commission
welcomed newcomers Richard Johnson
and Roger Grogman, who had only
been appointed to the seven-member
panel one day earlier. Marks was
unanimously reappointed chairman of
the commission for the upcoming year
while deWerff was reappointed vice
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of the council. Denham was asked with
work with James Evans, director of the
city’s natural resources department,
on specific water quality issues while
Smith, a longtime member of the city’s
planning commission, was tasked
with overseeing redevelopment issues.
Ruane suggested that he would handle
The council is expected to adopt
their 2018 goals at next month’s
In other business, Dr. Phillip Marks
was unanimously reappointed to a full
planning commission term, whose
seat will expire on January 11, 2021.
Richard Johnson was appointed to
serve a full, three-year planning com-
mission term while Roger Grogman was
appointed to fill a partial planning com-
mission term, which expires on January
14, 2019. Johnson and Grogman’s
appointments were to fill seats vacated
by Smith, who joined the city council
last month, and Chris Heidrick, who
resigned from his position effective
December 31, 2017.
Also, council introduced an
ordinance amending the Sanibel Code
which will allow alcoholic beverages
to be sold at performing arts and live
performance venues without the prereq-
uisite of food sales. A second reading
of the ordinance, with public comment
permitted, will take place during the
February 6 council meeting.
During Monday’s city council meeting, Vice Mayor Mick Denham, left, read a proclamation
recognizing the American Heart Association’s upcoming Sanibel/Captiva Heart Walk
committee members and volunteers. The event will be held on Sunday, January 28 at 2
p.m . at The Community House.
photo by Jeff Lysiak
In honor of the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife’s 50th anniversary in 2018, Vice Mayor
Mick Denham read a proclamation recognizing the organizations efforts to protect and
preserve wildlife on the island
photo by Brian Bohlman
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