COTI Successes - MAKING IT ALL WORK...
Working with you, the residents and friends of Sanibel - and with the city government and other island organizations - COTI endeavors to help keep Sanibel the very special place that it is.
Below is a list of COTI achievements that have been accomplished in just this way...
- In 2005 Committee members wrote and successfully sponsored the “Peoples’ Choice” charter amendments, which protect Sanibel from a weakening of its basic land-use regulations (building height, residential density and ground coverage) without prior voter approval.
- Was instrumental in Council's passage of the City's first comprehensive post-disaster build-back ordinance. Now, even owners of non-conforming properties will have the right to build back following a natural disaster.
- Supported and lobbied for the “Dark Skies” ordinance which brought Sanibel's outdoor lighting code up to the standards of most progressive communities.
- Supported and lobbied for the “Forever Green” ordinance, which requires that certain City lands cannot be sold or disposed of without prior voter approval.
- Opposed the creation of a major resort and shopping center at the intersection of Bailey Road and Periwinkle. The shopping center plan was abandoned and subsequently, after a voter referendum, the City acquired the tract, which is now Pond Apple Park.
- Supported proposals by the City Planning Director and Planning Commission for overdue improvements to Sec. 86 - 43 of the Land Development Code that were opposed by development interests. Had they been adopted by City Council, these improvements would have provided greater assurance that new or remodeled homes on Sanibel reflect the rhythm and harmony of the neighborhoods in which they are constructed.
- Actively supported revisions to the Land Development Code which provide the essential ground rules for redevelopment of aging structures in the Resort Housing District.
- Opposed an oversized mixed-use (residential and commercial) project for the former Nave property which would have necessitated weakening of key provisions of the Sanibel Plan and Land Development Code.
- Supported two well-qualified, first-time candidates for City Council in 2009. Had it not done so, the three incumbents would have been unopposed, and there would have been no public airing of the issues facing the City. Competition for elective office is the very lifeblood of a democratic society, because it stirs public debate.
COTI is eager to work with all those who wish to keep Sanibel the very special place that it is. We welcome your input and participation to this end. Click here to send us your thoughts.