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Keeping the Civic Core Project moving forward

December 14, 2016
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

I want to congratulate our Sanibel City Council for approving the two referendum questions which the community will consider next March, concerning the Civic Core Project. As one of many volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past three years to develop this idea, I am extremely happy that our community will now get to consider how this concept will provide significant new community parkland, improved traffic flow for major outdoor events and needed long-term homes for key non-profit organizations with several thousand members who are important parts of our community fabric.

The Civic Core Project is a concept of what we as a community might do to improve our island. The volunteer CCP Working Group has attempted to create an idea of what the community might do, what it might cost and how it might work. We have worked in the open, through many public workshops and discussions at City Council. We certainly do not have the answers to every question our community might have about the project, especially since we can't be absolutely definite about size and scope until we are clearer on funding. But we are committed to addressing all of our community's questions to the extent we can. For example, we have asked a nationally known traffic consulting firm with significant Sanibel experience to evaluate the traffic impacts of the project. One things is crystal clear. This is Sanibel, and whatever ends up being created in the CCP will fit our island, and will meet all of our development and operating rules and regulations.

Over the next two months, there will be many ways for our community to come together, learn about this exciting project and provide input. I for one look forward to this process.

Chuck Ketteman



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