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Civic & Community Corner: This Thursday: ‘Most important meeting of the century’
February 22, 2017

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This Thursday evening, Feb. 23 from 6 to 8:45 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N. Recreation Park Way, will be the most significant meeting in North Fort Myers so far this century. The annual Town Hall Meeting presented each year by The North Fort Myers Community Planning Panel will feature our own county commissioner, Brian Hamman, after which Rachel Bush of the Lee County Economic Development Office will give the highlights of a 286-page report by three firms hired by Lee County to prepare a Market Assessment of the Town Center area, - that tract from Edison Bridge to Pondella between the 41s, where most "experts" predict the first major redevelopment of Our Town will occur. As many of you may recall, Lee County paid $50,000 for this report after its initial announcement at the NFM Renaissance Campaign luncheon sponsored by The NFM Civic Association at Capt'n Fishbones Restaurant at The Shell Factory on Oct. 9, 2015. Most of us have been waiting impatiently for these 16 months to learn the conclusions and recommendations of these experts who will hopefully point us in the right directions. So the time is now and it is incumbent upon us to fill the room.

And if this were not enough, the agenda will also include the following:

A presentation of the new $13 million library's floor plans and architectural elevations;

An overview of the oft-frustrating Code Enforcement Rules, Regulations and Procedures;

A brief summary of the major building projects and renovations of 2016-7 culminating in the announcement of The Outstanding Project and The Outstanding Renovation;

The first-ever North Fort Myers Communities Forum where the many communities, gated or not, will discuss common issues and concerns and possible solutions.

So if you only attend one public municipal meeting this year, make it this one. Mark all your calendars, tell everyone and bring your friends, neighbors, co-workers and family. See you there.

The North Fort Myers Design Review Panel met on Feb. 7 and heard two applications. The first was by Six Lakes Country Club seeking a Development Order for the demolition of the Community Building and two adjacent buildings and pool and the replacement with three new buildings was presented by Charlie Krebs of Hole Montes and architect Jeff Mudgett. The buildings included several elements of Old Florida Architecture such as colonnaded porches, metal roofs and stone on the elevations. Panelist Wayne Daltry indicated that this was just what the panel was looking for and made a motion to support the project which was seconded and unanimously approved.

The second application pertained to 16451 Williams Road for a waiver to reduce the landscaping buffer from what is required, because compliance was too costly. Panel members were of the opinion that cost was not a valid reason to reduce the number of plant material in the buffer. The panel decided that the applicant should do a visual showing what the reduced buffer would look like and re-submit it to the Panel.

"PUBLIC APATHY IS THE PLAGUE OF THE 21ST CENTURY! VOLUNTEER-IT'S GOOD FOR THE MIND AND THE HEART." MIKE LAND

Contact me at 239-823-3631 or mike-land@live.com if you have some event, project or idea that you would like in this column, or with any comments or questions. Visit www.northfortmyerscivicassociation.com.

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