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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 09:50

New San Carlos Development Heads to County LPA Featured

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Many of the residents of San Carlos Island have reacted with trepidation over the news that site of the old Compass Rose Marina will be getting a substantial makeover, as they voiced opposition over the potential increase of traffic and density such a project might cause.

The Bay Harbour Marina Village is a proposed project currently going through County channels, looking for approval. Aiming to build at 1195 Main Street, Fort Myers Beach, it could add a 14 story mixed-use residential building, 5 story parking garage, Ship’s Store, and a dry storage building with an ability to hold over 200 boats, to sites that used to only house a Marina and personal storage buildings.

However, zoning on 2 lots will need to be changed to accommodate this project, and the developers are also asking for a land use change.

Nicholas White, a resident of San Carlos Island who also wrote a letter on this issue in this week’s paper, feels that any of those changes could cause big problems for the island, and those living on Main Street. White worries that increases in available parking included in the project’s proposal will lead to increases in traffic congestion on the road, something he says their infrastructure doesn’t support.

“We arduously developed a land use plan for the island, and we need to stick with that,” White said. Among the concerns he expressed was increased congestion blocking those living on Main Street south of the site off from mainland access for hours at a time, and could interrupt medical service to the several communities in that area.

The issue will be up for discussion and vote by Lee County’s Local Planning Agency at their meeting this coming Monday, December 14 at 8:30 am. The meeting will take place in the Board Chambers at the Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street in downtown Fort Myers. The meeting will be open to the public. County Staff has already recommended approval of adopting the amendments to Lee Plan for the project.

By Trent Townsend

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