that DCA approves the amendment, Final Adoption Hearing by the Board
of Supervisors will be on February 25, 2009 at 9:30 AM
Board of County Commissioners have transmitted the Comprehensive Plan
Amendment being sought by Realmark to the Florida Department of
amendment would allow 220 foot tall buildings around the marina, itself.
The conceptual plan
shows: a hotel at 16 stories; 2 condos at 14 stories; and two drive
in/out boat storage buildings at 11 stories, along with a standard fork
lift accessible boat storage building behind Keel Club, plus other
retail & commercial space.
that DCA approves the amendment, the BoCC will adopt the amendment
sometime in January or February
Looses Zoning Request:
Realmark lost their bid to rezone the 1.33
acres across from Bldgs 1 & 5. The vote was 3/2 Id say that
was a victory for us. Tom Loredo. Alex Wirszyla & ken Shelly spoke
against the rezoning. Saskia Acken Decided not to speak but was also
there for support. Thanks, I think this was a big victory for Commodore
Club. I don't think having a Commercial Parking lot across the street
would have been good for our life style or the value of our condos
9:15 AM. Right now the storm is going over Immokalee with winds of 60
MPH. We have had a lot of rain since about 2:00 AM but so far we have not
had any damage and have not lost power. There are a lot of tornadoes
around, but not here. We are expecting a storm surge of about 4 to 5 feet
this afternoon when the winds come from on shore.
Realmark Seeks Zoning Change
By Ken Shelly - Commodore Club President
On Wednesday, July 23rd. there was a hearing in
front of the Lee County Hearing Examiner in Downtown Ft. Myers on the
rezoning request by Realmark to convert 1.33 acres across from Commodore
Club and next to
from RM-2 and RM-19 to “CP” (Commercial Parking). RM-2 and RM-10 are
zoned for residential construction only.
The hearing Examiner was Richard Gescheidt. Bryan Kelner
(Lee County Planner) who recommended the zoning change. Craig Dearden,
Mathew Uhle attorney, and a representative from an engineering firm
represented Realmark. There were about 25 people in attendance at the
meeting from the community, all of whom were opposed to the zoning
change. We homeowners from Burnt Store Marina were allowed to voice our
opinion only after Realmark and
had presented and discussed their positions.
Realmark’s lawyer stated that the property was
"historically a parking area" and presented a picture when all
of the construction trucks were parked on the property. Our comments
about increased noise and traffic, increased dust and dirt, use of our
privately funded roads, and the destruction of the “Gated Community”
concept were not allowed.
Next, Mr. Richard Gescheidt (Hearing Examiner) will
make an unannounced visit to Burnt Store Marina and then will make a
written recommendation to the Zoning Board. A public hearing will be
scheduled in front of the Board of County Commissioners and all of the
presenters at the zoning meeting will be allowed to appear and speak.
rezoning meeting did not go well yesterday. It seemed that Lee County
and Realmark were holding all the cards and they allowed us to talk for
a small section of the meeting. Ken and Ann Shelly, Saskia Acken, Alex
Wirszyla, John Vanderslice and Tom Loredo made comments. Next we will be
able to speak in front of the Board of County Commissioners in about 2
presented as evidence their 2008
plans for the Marina Village Development. Take a look at
scheduled an Emergency Board Meeting for July 22 at 7:00 PM at the
Clubhouse to discuss issues, presentations and funding related to the
upcoming Wednesday Rezoning Meeting.
wants to rezone 1.33 acres in front of Commodore Club from RM-2 and RM-10
to "Commercial Parking" "CP'. The hearing is set for July
23 at 1:00 PM in Ft Myers. See links in front page
be a Rezoning meeting in downtown Fort Myers, on July 23 at 1:00 PM on
Realmark's request to rezone the former WCI sales office from RM-10 to
CP (Commercial Parking)
Club website available to all unit owners.
have received 6 Bids to Install Fire alarms in our Buildings. Decision
to be made within the next 2 weeks. Prices range between $31,440 and
$9,740 per building, but the cheaper bid does not meet all of the requirements.