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The Planning Department and Code Enforcement should not play favorites

December 21, 2016
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

To the editor:

Why is there a double standard for the owners of the gargantuan Doc Ford's and the rest of us on Sanibel? The owners, including City Council member Marty Harrity, have installed extremely high LED lighting outside in their parking lot. That lot is as garishly bright as the Galena dealership on Rt. 41 and is in clear violation of Sanibel's Dark Skies ordinance. Why hasn't Code Enforcement issued a citation to the owners?

Before the election, the owners placed an oversized Trump campaign sign on the corner of Tarpon Bay and Island Inn Roads. The sign was not placed on Doc Ford's property, but on the right of way, which is city property. Why didn't Code Enforcement issue a citation? At a minimum, the owners should have been told that signs must be on their own property.

Council members with businesses on island should be role models by following all rules and regulations, not just cherry pick the ones they like. The Planning Department and its Code "Enforcer" should not play favorites. They, too, should be above reproach.

Alison Ward




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