The agenda for Town Council’s meeting this week included pivotal decisions on redevelopment plans for the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus.
During public comment, Steve Johnson spoke about re-enforcing his belief in the lighting design project.
Barbara Hill, BORCAB spoke about moving the Bay Oaks Project forward and thanked town council for the opportunity to meet with them earrlier, to discuss the project.
Karen Woodson also representing BORCAB ... asking for the town to work in partnership to create a win win situation. Asking for more detailed plans, seeking to move the project forward and transparency into the planning project.
Lee Melsek BORCAB member asking the town not to move forward with the building project asking about possibilities to redesign the building. After months of discussion with and among members of the Bay Oaks Recreational Campus Advisory Board (BORCAB).
Town Council approved the current 30 percent plans prepared by DRMP, Inc., to build a new facility at Bay Oaks. The facility will include space for a variety of youth programs and activities, including an amphitheater and other new recreational amenities. Town Council requested that a site plan be updated to depict the location available for a future active recreation facility and a standalone amphitheater.
Also related to the redevelopment of Bay Oaks, authorization was given for staff to apply for a Land and Water Conservation Fund Program Grant to help in financing the project.
That grant application is due in early February and the decision to move forward with the current design plan was necessary to apply.
Other agenda items pertaining to Bay Oaks included the adoption of an interlocal agreement with Lee County Schools for an after school program, and an agreement with FMB Little League that includes wording about the League’s assumption of risk related to the possibility of contracting COVID.
In other business, Town Council gave the Town Manager the green light to negotiate with a consultant to implement a safety lighting project for Estero Boulevard. Three qualified companies responded to the bid, and, last week, a selection committee reviewed and ranked them. A representative from Florida Power & Light (FP&L) is scheduled to attend the February 16 meeting to brief Council on FPL’s efforts to balance safety and environmentally appropriate lighting. (continued on Page 2) The Town of Fort Myers Beach is on Estero Island off the southwest Florida coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The beach stretches for seven miles and the Town has a variety of unique parks, recreation, cultural facilities, shops, and restaurants. The Town has been incorporated since 1995.
Town Council also discussed the COVID-19 emergency declaration of April 27, 2020. Discussion resulted in continuing the mask requirement and continuing the prohibition of the community’s special event permits unless permit applicants wish to attend a Council meeting to seek Town Council authorization. (An updated order with this wording will be put on an upcoming Town Council meeting agenda.)
Mayor Ray Murphy was excused for the last half of the meeting to attend the funeral of Cape Coral Mayor Joseph Coviello. He was asked to express Town Council’s condolences to Mayor Coviello’s family, friends and fellow residents and officials of the City of Cape Coral. Other agenda or discussion items:
• Presentation by David Savarege, Ph.D, to request for the Town to join the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Company - this item will be brought to a future meeting for action
• Adoption of amendments in Ordinance 20-17 regarding special events
• Adoption of amendments in Ordinance 20-19 regarding height and setback requirements
• Delay of Times Square redevelopment project for a year at request of merchants
• FDOT is scheduled for the March 1 meeting to discuss the Matanzas Pass Bridge Project
The next regularly scheduled Town Council meeting will be on Monday, February 1, 2021, at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 2525 Estero Boulevard. In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about COVID-19, Council meetings are adhering to standards of social distancing and have reduced capacity for an audience. Masks or other face-coverings are mandatory.
Council meetings are broadcast live on the Town’s YouTube channel and Comcast Channel 98. Visit www.fmbgov.com, click on the title Mayor and Council, then go to Meetings & Agendas. Agendas and minutes of meetings are also available at that link. To find out when Council meetings are scheduled, visit the Town’s website at www.fmbgov.com and scroll down the homepage to the calendar.