Sanibel Planning Commission voted to approve one boat dock variance and two other requests brought up for consideration in public hearings at its July 23 meeting.
The boat dock variance was before the commission in resolution form for final approval. The resolution allows the reconstruction of a boat dock greater than eight feet wide and within the minimum required 15-foot setback from the side property line at the property of Cary William and Patricia Lee Giese, 1198 Harbour Cottage Court.
The most vocal public hearing was the Development Permit application by the owners of the tennis court and clubhouse facilities in Unit 2 of Beachview Country Club Estates. Before the tennis facility was built, the subject parcel was platted for three single family residences.
Owners of the tennis courts and clubhouse at Beachview Country Club Estates were granted approval to amend the recorded subdivision Unit 2 plat to show it for future development purposes as one single family unit. The parcel was originally created as three residential units.
The new owners, The End Golf Management, LLC requested the subdivision plat be amended as one single family residence for future development purposes. Several residents in the subdivision attended the meeting to voice their concerns. The golf course and tennis club were recently renamed Sanibel Island Golf Club when new owners purchased the property last November.
Attorney Beverly Grady, representing The End Golf Management, LLC, assured the commission and the subdivision residents that there was no immediate plan to remove the tennis courts at this time. The application was made simply to amend the recorded plat and reassigning the density in case the tennis courts ever needed to be operated separately from the golf course or developed as a residence.
The three units in Tract B the tennis courts presently occupy would become one residential unit designated as Tract F.
Planning staff recommended approval of the plat amendment with 10 conditions relating to the Land Development Code, plat recording, restrictive covenants, deed restrictions and comply with lawful requirements imposed Florida environmental and water management district.
Commissioners voted 7-0 to approve the application. Staff will bring the application back to the commission in resolution form for final approval at it's Aug. 13 meeting.
Sanibel Deli's application to add indoor seating to its carry-out food service by occupying an adjoining vacant unit in the Palm Ridge Plaza shopping center came before commissioners for the second time and is the third food service tenant in the non-conforming center in recent months to apply for conditional use permits. The plaza is non-conforming because is lacks the required number of parking spaces and several other land use standards and requirements.
Deli owner Jeff Weigel is proposing to add 16 seats in the adjoining unit for use by customers. The plaza has several other vacant units as well and has fallen into a state of general disrepair.
Commissioners commened Weigel, and the other recent businesses making improvements, for wanting to expand and possibly make the center more attractive.
"The hardest thing I deal with every day is public perception," said Weigel. "I also want to inform the commission that much of my business comes from people on bicycles, not in cars."
In the end, the commission voted 6-0 to approve the parking variance, as it has done previously, and 6-0 on the conditional use permit. The matter will come back to the commission in resolution form for final approval at its Aug. 13 meeting.