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January 27, 2012

Join Or Renew How The City Of Sanibel Is Governed COMMITTEE OF THE ISLANDS ( continued from page 3 ) Planning Commission members may Your Membership not discuss among themselves , mat - help achieve its goals and objectives . If you’re not a Committee of the Winter 2012 Newsletter ters which might come before their The Plan goes through periodic re - Islands member , or if you haven’t re - respective bodies for consideration . ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ views and is updated as needs change . Letter From The President newed yet for 2012 , simply use the It’s a cumbersome system , with severe Typically , Plan amendments are en - Our Tax Dollars Mission Statement coupon below and send it to us with penalties for violation , but it serves acted by ordinance by City Council Keeping the category of membership you At Work - - Or Not The Committee of the Islands was the purpose of assuring that local with input from the Planning Com - choose . Through Committee of the Is - Are Buses On Sanibel Sanibel Special government is carried out in full pub - established in 1975 by those involved mission and the public . lands , you can make your voice heard Almost everyone likes to avoid lic view . Still An Issue ? The City Council - The Sanibel in the incorporation of Sanibel as an and have a stronger , more effective in - controversy , but there are times How to attend City government In our Winter 2008 Newsletter , City Council , which meets month - independent city within Lee County , fluence on Sanibel civic matters . As a when we must fight for what is meetings - The Sanibel City Coun - we reported to you about a U S De - ly , consists of five unpaid members member , you will be able to : to help ensure the continuity of good right or we must protect what cil meets monthly , usually on first partment of Transportation Study elected on a non - partisan basis for local government , to protect the needs to be protected . The Com - at 9 A . M . in McKenzie Hall Tuesday , in connection with the J N “ Ding ” four - year terms . Under state law , it email alerts and updates • Receive mittee of the Islands was born out hat’s ty all ) . embers f he ( t inCi H M o t National Wildlife Refuge Darling environment , and to preserve the is considered the local “ governing about important community issues . of such a controversy , when some public are always welcome . Time is which was to initially cost $ 750,000 body . ” Its primary function is to es - sanctuary character of our barrier inf f in • Get ormation rom - - and teract people in Lee County wanted to set aside at each meeting for public ( and has now been increased to $ 1 , tablish policies for management of island community . on - - our website at www.coti.org . allow enough housing units to be comment on agenda and non - agen - 500,00 ) . This study was to seek the City’s affairs and to put those poli - ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ built on Sanibel to accommodate da items . The Planning Commission “ alternative transportation options cies into effect through the enactment We also know that upholding • Email us directly at coti @ coti.org about 90,000 people . usually meets on the second and to reduce the number of vehicles of laws called ordinances . City Coun - the Sanibel Plan is essential to en - with your input or questions . Two groups fought the politi - fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 entering environmentally sensitive lso elects he ty anager ho a s t Ci M w cil suring that its protections are not cal battle that led to incorporation A.M . s ith ty ouncil eetings , A w Ci C m property within the City of Sanibel s a salaried employee . i • Receivenewsletters like this one . whittled away , resulting in an ero - of the City of Sanibel to protect it ublic participation is encouraged . p and at the J N “ Ding ” Darling Na - The City Manager - The City sion of the island’s sanctuary na - • Attend the Annual Meeting and par - from overdevelopment : the Sanibel Official meeting notices and agendas tional Wildlife Refuge . Manager ts uch he ame wya ac inm t s ture . ticipate in the election of the Board Planning Board , and Sanibel To - are available online at mysanibel.com , Committee of the Islands was s the chief operating officer in a cor - a And so we focus our efforts on of Directors . morrow . After incorporation hap - the City’s website . initially optimistic that such a study poration . She ( Judie Zimomra is San - ensuring the continuity of good pened , these two groups merged to might be helpful in suggesting ibel’s ty anager ) plements he Ci M im t local government and preserving Use the coupon below to join or Committee Of The form the Committee of the Islands . methods whereby vehicular traf - policies of the City Council through a the island’s unique characteristics . renew your membership today . Or Carrying on the legacy Islands Links fic congestion on Sanibel could be staff whose department heads report When someone asks you “ who is you can do so via our website at www . You , the members of the Com - ameliorated during the peak sea - to her . Email us at coti @ coti.org the Committee of the Islands ? ” you coti.org . mittee of the Islands , carry on that son . Accordingly we have partici - The Planning Commission - The Visit our website at coti.org can answer : it is us , the people who legacy of keeping Sanibel special . pated in all of the public workshops Planning Commission consists of Please check membership choice : want to keep Sanibel special . Visit Committee of the Islands While the battle for incorporation that were conducted by the Project seven unpaid members appointed by on Facebook ( ) Family $ 50 Thank you for your member - was won back in 1975 , the inter - Managers sin J 2008 a ce anuary nd the City Council for staggered three ship , and your continuing support . Write to us at P.O . Box 88 , ( ) Individual $ 35 vening years have shown that pro - also have communicated with the year terms . Its function is to act as Sanibel , FL 33957 ( ) Contributing $ 100 tecting the island from overdevel - Council and the other City persons ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ the local planning agency and advise opment is an ongoing effort – one involved . ( ) Life Member $ 750 City Council on land - use matters . Board of Directors that requires vigilance and effort Was optimism premature ? The commissioners also act as what is arbara Joy Cooley , president B President : Barbara Joy Cooley Name by all islanders . However , it appears that our known as a quasi - judicial capacity by ommittee of the Islands C Vice President : Mike Gillespie For example , we now know that optimism may have been prema - holding hearings and rendering deci - Treasurer : Bud Reinhold Address it is important to continue to educate ture ; in our view , the Study had sions on variance and extraordinary Secretary : David Bath island residents about the significance accomplished little . This was re - permit applications . Once appointed , Jim Beauchamp Save The Date … of alligators in our environment , the ported to you by our president , City commissioners may only be removed Jill Dillon The annual meeting for mem - essential presence of mangroves , and Barbara Joy Cooley , in a commen - for cause . State Zip Phyllis Gresham bers of the Committee of the Islands the environmentally sensitive nature tary entitled , “ Buses ‘ preferred ’ on The Sunshine Law - Under the Email John Harries b o Th M 22,2012 , will e n ursday , arch of areas like the bay beach zone . We Sanibel ? Preferred by whom ? ” The state’s Sunshine Law all governmental Claire Mallon Make check payable and mail to : 9 : 30 to noon , at the Sanibel Com - need to be sure Sanibel residents un - commentary was published in the meetings must be held in public with Martin Packard Committee of the Islands munity House , 2173 Periwinkle derstand the rules we have for pro - Island Reporter and the Island Sun notice of the time , place and subject Wayne Ponader P.O . Box 88 , Way . Our special keynote speaker tecting these environmental assets . on April 8 , 2011 ( you can now find of the meeting . The term “ meeting ” Larry Schopp Sanibel , FL 33957 for the event will be announced in It is a job that never ends as people the piece on our website at coti.org ) . is defined very broadly . So , for ex - Ruth Woodham Dues and donations are not tax deductible . coming weeks . come and go on Sanibel . ( continued on page 2 ) ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ample , this means City Council or lieved the Statement should also be Property owners can help the Our Tax Dollars Sewer Debt : Help Why Do We Have How The City enshrined in the City Charter , where City and help themselves by paying it would have the force of law and be off any residual debt that is being At Work - - Or Not The City , Help A Sanibel Vision Of Sanibel Is free from tampering without voter ap - carried in their name . Since the in - ( continued from page 1 ) Yourself Statement ? Governed proval . At the Committee’s urging , a terest rate charged on this debt is The problems with the Study are The Sanibel City Council did In 1973 - 74 , during the effort to es - Back in 1974 , when the leaders of measure to add the Vision Statement 3.0 - 3.5 % and current money mar - set forth in detail in the commentary . well in managing the 2012 budget tablish Sanibel as a self - governing city , the movement to make Sanibel a city to the City Charter was placed on the ket investments are typically pay - They range from a failure to collect es - process . Despite a 20 % decrease in what most people envisioned was pri - were making their case for incorpo - ballotin March 2007 and approved at ing less than 0.5 % , it may make sential data to an effort to justify an property values since 2007 , the City marily a halt to rampant development ration to the state legislature , they the election by a majority of Sanibel sense for many homeowners to pay apparently preformed conclusion - - has managed to reduce expenses on the Island and a degree of freedom also had to decide on a form of gov - voters . off this loan . If the amount of the namely that buses should be used not over the intervening years , avoid - from the exploitive policies of the then A standard for judging change outstanding sewer loans were re - ernment for the soon - to - be - created w t R b a o ithin he efuge ut lso ut - only ing the need to increase ad valorum County government . Accordingly , New ideas for development , at - duced , it may eliminate the need to city . Not all cities are governed in the Refuge on Sanibel . This con - side taxes next year . There is , however , when the original Sanibel Plan was ad - tractions , and changes to the Island increase residential and commercial the same way . There are a number of clusion was not justified by any of the a notable exception related to the opted in 1976 , it spelled out the basic come up all the time , sometimes pos - sewer rates again in 2013 . possible formats . Some have elected data and was overwhelmingly rejected Sanibel sewer system debt . ground rules for development in our ing threats to the natural beauty as well Whom to contact councils to pass laws and a separately by the Sanibel citizens who attended The City and its property own - new City , but it did not contain a vi - as the sanctuary and small town quali - Homeowners who are inter - elected mayor to carry out the laws – these public meetings . The data indi - ers have borrowed over $ 71.5 mil - sion statement setting forth the under - ties that make Sanibel unique . The Vi - ested in eliminating their outstand - the CEO of a corporation . Oth - like t b o o t R hat uses utside f he efuge cated lion to develop and expand the sew - lying philosophy upon which the Plan sion Statement - - with its definition ing sewer debt can call the City of ers have elected councils and a city would not alleviate traffic congestion , er system since the City of Sanibel was based . of what kind of community Sanibel Sanibel’s Finance Department ( 472 - manager who actually runs things and would in fact contribute to such acquired it in 1991 . The non - valo - As time went on , however , Sani - chooses to be and its simple hierarchy 9615 ) to find out how much they on a day - to - day basis . In those cities congestion . rum assessment on our tax bills each bel residents and community leaders of values – gives us a standard against currently owe . Since the rate chang - the mayor is chosen by council from Your Committee has consistently year provides approximately thirty - grew to believe that such a statement which to measure proposed changes . es each day as interest is accumulat - among its ranks but does not act as made our views known to the major seven percent ( 37 % ) of the annual was needed . They felt that , although And , if they do indeed pose a threat to ed , the specific amount you need to CEO.Sa fa int l c nibel lls he atter at - participantsin this project : the Ref - debt service payments ( principal the attitudes and values reflected in our values , to identify them as such pay will be determined on the day egory . Here’s how it all works : uge , Lee County ( through Lee Tran ) , and interest ) required on the state the original Sanibel Plan ( and the and prevent them from being realized . you actually give the Finance De - as well as the City . At the last public The City Charter - The ground P R w v fund ( SRF ) loans debt . lan evision ) ere isionary , revolving 1989 partment a check . meeting on April 13 , 2011 , we were rules for governance of Sanibel are t Debt coverage requirements he documents did not “ directly and Committee of the Islands invites It’s On The Wall hopeful that the Study would conclude set out in the City Charter . The Char - Because of meeting debt cover - succinctly articulate the underlying your input and ideas on this im - with only recommendations for trans - ter , among other things , establishes At City Hall … age ratio requirements next year , ‘ vision ’ . ” Therefore , in 1996 the City portant subject . Please email your portation changes within the Refuge . the form of government by defining “ Sanibel is and shall remain a bar - the City paid down the remaining embarked on a program to explicitly to coti @ coti.org . You can comments At that meeting both Paul Tritaik , the legislative and administrative rier island sanctuary , on which a diverse SRFde a ext $ 2.2mi in set forth in a formal Vision Statement bt n ra llion read commentaries on other island M a S M L Refuge anager nd teve yers , ee functions , the process for nomina - population lives in harmony with the those values and goals that were im - 2011 . This reduced the balance of issues on our website at coti.org Tran Director , stated that they could island’s wildlife and natural habitats . . . . tions and local elections and proce - plicit in the existing Sanibel Plan and theb a S lo y t b r ond nd RF ans et o e e - and / or visit Committee of the Is - not support any finding for a “ Locally Sanibel is and shall remain a small town dures for initiative , referendum and related ordinances . tired to about $ 31 million . However , lands on Facebook . Preferred Alternative ” that essentially community whose members choose to live Citizens provide input there was still a projected shortfall recall . It contains other provisions , This article , authored by Board involved buses or other such vehicles in harmony with one another and with The City hired two consultants to in meeting debt coverage ratio re - called amendments , which have Member John Harries , originally ran outside of the Refuge proper . nature ; creating a human settlement dis - prepare a draft of a Vision Statement , quirements on the debt . Therefore , been added from time to time , al - as a commentary that appeared in Meeting set for March tinguished by its diversity , beauty , unique - which was then subjected to citizen city council increased sewer util - ways with the approval of the voters , recent editions of the Island Sun and We do not yet know what the final ness , character and stewardship . ” review , comment , and amendment ity bills by 3 % for the 2012 fiscal sometimes initiated by the voters . Island Reporter papers . recommendation of the participants These sentences , taken from the through a series of workshops , town year . Sanibel property owners re - The City Council does not have the the Project Managers will be . An - and Sanibel Vision Statement , are displayed meetings , and questionnaires . Com - ceived the first bill for the increased authority to amend the City Charter other public meeting has now been ten - in large type directly behind the dais in mittee of the Islands ’ members partici - amount in November . without voter approval . How Can We s f M 22,2012 , tatively cheduled or arch City Hall where City Council holds its pated actively in the process . When it Starting in 2001 , as residents The Sanibel Plan - By state rom til t he ni - f 4 : 30PMun 6 : 30PMat Sa meetings . They are key phrases meant to was over , City Council directed that hooked up to the sewer system , they Preserve Sanibel ? law each city must adopt a compre - bel Community House . We encourage remind all those attending - - the Coun - the consultants ’ draft be included in were assessed a fee which could be hensive plan for making land - use all of you to attend this meeting and cil , city staff , and the audience - - what the introductory section of the Sanibel paid in full at the time of connection “ Eternal vigilance is the decisions . The Sanibel Plan is not make your opinions known . We have community values we have agreed upon Plan , as the Sanibel Vision Statement , or mortized ver ears . s f May a o 20y A o answer , and the Committee merely advisory . Land - use regula - observed that the participants and the against which to measure the issues and where it remains to this day . 1 , 2011 , there were 1444 residences Of The Islands is part of that . ” tions and development activities ProjectM a im b t anagers re pressed y he actions deliberated at these meetings . The Vision Statement was such that still had outstanding sewer as - must be consistent with the require - umber of citizens who attend , or do n a clear and eloquent articulation of sessments in the amount of nearly $ 9 You can read the full Vision Statement - - Porter Goss ments of the Plan and designed to not attend , whether or not they accept values to guide and direct Sanibel’s million . This amounts to about 29 % on the Committee of the Islands website Sanibel’s first mayor our arguments . ( continued on page 4 ) future that our Board of Directors be - of the total outstanding sewer debt . at www.coti.org . lieved the Statement should also be Property owners can help the Our Tax Dollars Sewer Debt : Help Why Do We Have How The City enshrined in the City Charter , where City and help themselves by paying it would have the force of law and be off any residual debt that is being At Work - - Or Not The City , Help A Sanibel Vision Of Sanibel Is free from tampering without voter ap - carried in their name . Since the in - ( continued from page 1 ) Yourself Statement ? Governed proval . At the Committee’s urging , a terest rate charged on this debt is The problems with the Study are The Sanibel City Council did In 1973 - 74 , during the effort to es - Back in 1974 , when the leaders of measure to add the Vision Statement 3.0 - 3.5 % and current money mar - set forth in detail in the commentary . well in managing the 2012 budget tablish Sanibel as a self - governing city , the movement to make Sanibel a city to the City Charter was placed on the ket investments are typically pay - They range from a failure to collect es - process . Despite a 20 % decrease in what most people envisioned was pri - were making their case for incorpo - ballotin March 2007 and approved at ing less than 0.5 % , it may make sential data to an effort to justify an property values since 2007 , the City marily a halt to rampant development ration to the state legislature , they the election by a majority of Sanibel sense for many homeowners to pay apparently preformed conclusion - - has managed to reduce expenses on the Island and a degree of freedom also had to decide on a form of gov - voters . off this loan . If the amount of the namely that buses should be used not over the intervening years , avoid - from the exploitive policies of the then A standard for judging change outstanding sewer loans were re - ernment for the soon - to - be - created w t R b a o ithin he efuge ut lso ut - only ing the need to increase ad valorum County government . Accordingly , New ideas for development , at - duced , it may eliminate the need to city . Not all cities are governed in the Refuge on Sanibel . This con - side taxes next year . There is , however , when the original Sanibel Plan was ad - tractions , and changes to the Island increase residential and commercial the same way . There are a number of clusion was not justified by any of the a notable exception related to the opted in 1976 , it spelled out the basic come up all the time , sometimes pos - sewer rates again in 2013 . possible formats . Some have elected data and was overwhelmingly rejected Sanibel sewer system debt . ground rules for development in our ing threats to the natural beauty as well Whom to contact councils to pass laws and a separately by the Sanibel citizens who attended The City and its property own - new City , but it did not contain a vi - as the sanctuary and small town quali - Homeowners who are inter - elected mayor to carry out the laws – these public meetings . The data indi - ers have borrowed over $ 71.5 mil - sion statement setting forth the under - ties that make Sanibel unique . The Vi - ested in eliminating their outstand - the CEO of a corporation . Oth - like t b o o t R hat uses utside f he efuge cated lion to develop and expand the sew - lying philosophy upon which the Plan sion Statement - - with its definition ing sewer debt can call the City of ers have elected councils and a city would not alleviate traffic congestion , er system since the City of Sanibel was based . of what kind of community Sanibel Sanibel’s Finance Department ( 472 - manager who actually runs things and would in fact contribute to such acquired it in 1991 . The non - valo - As time went on , however , Sani - chooses to be and its simple hierarchy 9615 ) to find out how much they on a day - to - day basis . In those cities congestion . rum assessment on our tax bills each bel residents and community leaders of values – gives us a standard against currently owe . Since the rate chang - the mayor is chosen by council from Your Committee has consistently year provides approximately thirty - grew to believe that such a statement which to measure proposed changes . es each day as interest is accumulat - among its ranks but does not act as made our views known to the major seven percent ( 37 % ) of the annual was needed . They felt that , although And , if they do indeed pose a threat to ed , the specific amount you need to CEO.Sa fa int l c nibel lls he atter at - participantsin this project : the Ref - debt service payments ( principal the attitudes and values reflected in our values , to identify them as such pay will be determined on the day egory . Here’s how it all works : uge , Lee County ( through Lee Tran ) , and interest ) required on the state the original Sanibel Plan ( and the and prevent them from being realized . you actually give the Finance De - as well as the City . At the last public The City Charter - The ground P R w v fund ( SRF ) loans debt . lan evision ) ere isionary , revolving 1989 partment a check . meeting on April 13 , 2011 , we were rules for governance of Sanibel are t Debt coverage requirements he documents did not “ directly and Committee of the Islands invites It’s On The Wall hopeful that the Study would conclude set out in the City Charter . The Char - Because of meeting debt cover - succinctly articulate the underlying your input and ideas on this im - with only recommendations for trans - ter , among other things , establishes At City Hall … age ratio requirements next year , ‘ vision ’ . ” Therefore , in 1996 the City portant subject . Please email your portation changes within the Refuge . the form of government by defining “ Sanibel is and shall remain a bar - the City paid down the remaining embarked on a program to explicitly to coti @ coti.org . You can comments At that meeting both Paul Tritaik , the legislative and administrative rier island sanctuary , on which a diverse SRFde a ext $ 2.2mi in set forth in a formal Vision Statement bt n ra llion read commentaries on other island M a S M L Refuge anager nd teve yers , ee functions , the process for nomina - population lives in harmony with the those values and goals that were im - 2011 . This reduced the balance of issues on our website at coti.org Tran Director , stated that they could island’s wildlife and natural habitats . . . . tions and local elections and proce - plicit in the existing Sanibel Plan and theb a S lo y t b r ond nd RF ans et o e e - and / or visit Committee of the Is - not support any finding for a “ Locally Sanibel is and shall remain a small town dures for initiative , referendum and related ordinances . tired to about $ 31 million . However , lands on Facebook . Preferred Alternative ” that essentially community whose members choose to live Citizens provide input there was still a projected shortfall recall . It contains other provisions , This article , authored by Board involved buses or other such vehicles in harmony with one another and with The City hired two consultants to in meeting debt coverage ratio re - called amendments , which have Member John Harries , originally ran outside of the Refuge proper . nature ; creating a human settlement dis - prepare a draft of a Vision Statement , quirements on the debt . Therefore , been added from time to time , al - as a commentary that appeared in Meeting set for March tinguished by its diversity , beauty , unique - which was then subjected to citizen city council increased sewer util - ways with the approval of the voters , recent editions of the Island Sun and We do not yet know what the final ness , character and stewardship . ” review , comment , and amendment ity bills by 3 % for the 2012 fiscal sometimes initiated by the voters . Island Reporter papers . recommendation of the participants These sentences , taken from the through a series of workshops , town year . Sanibel property owners re - The City Council does not have the the Project Managers will be . An - and Sanibel Vision Statement , are displayed meetings , and questionnaires . Com - ceived the first bill for the increased authority to amend the City Charter other public meeting has now been ten - in large type directly behind the dais in mittee of the Islands ’ members partici - amount in November . without voter approval . How Can We s f M 22,2012 , tatively cheduled or arch City Hall where City Council holds its pated actively in the process . When it Starting in 2001 , as residents The Sanibel Plan - By state rom til t he ni - f 4 : 30PMun 6 : 30PMat Sa meetings . They are key phrases meant to was over , City Council directed that hooked up to the sewer system , they Preserve Sanibel ? law each city must adopt a compre - bel Community House . We encourage remind all those attending - - the Coun - the consultants ’ draft be included in were assessed a fee which could be hensive plan for making land - use all of you to attend this meeting and cil , city staff , and the audience - - what the introductory section of the Sanibel paid in full at the time of connection “ Eternal vigilance is the decisions . The Sanibel Plan is not make your opinions known . We have community values we have agreed upon Plan , as the Sanibel Vision Statement , or mortized ver ears . s f May a o 20y A o answer , and the Committee merely advisory . Land - use regula - observed that the participants and the against which to measure the issues and where it remains to this day . 1 , 2011 , there were 1444 residences Of The Islands is part of that . ” tions and development activities ProjectM a im b t anagers re pressed y he actions deliberated at these meetings . The Vision Statement was such that still had outstanding sewer as - must be consistent with the require - umber of citizens who attend , or do n a clear and eloquent articulation of sessments in the amount of nearly $ 9 You can read the full Vision Statement - - Porter Goss ments of the Plan and designed to not attend , whether or not they accept values to guide and direct Sanibel’s million . This amounts to about 29 % on the Committee of the Islands website Sanibel’s first mayor our arguments . ( continued on page 4 ) future that our Board of Directors be - of the total outstanding sewer debt . at www.coti.org . Join Or Renew How The City Of Sanibel Is Governed COMMITTEE OF THE ISLANDS ( continued from page 3 ) Planning Commission members may Your Membership not discuss among themselves , mat - help achieve its goals and objectives . If you’re not a Committee of the Winter 2012 Newsletter ters which might come before their The Plan goes through periodic re - Islands member , or if you haven’t re - respective bodies for consideration . ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ views and is updated as needs change . Letter From The President newed yet for 2012 , simply use the It’s a cumbersome system , with severe Typically , Plan amendments are en - Our Tax Dollars Mission Statement coupon below and send it to us with penalties for violation , but it serves acted by ordinance by City Council Keeping the category of membership you At Work - - Or Not The Committee of the Islands was the purpose of assuring that local with input from the Planning Com - choose . Through Committee of the Is - Are Buses On Sanibel Sanibel Special government is carried out in full pub - established in 1975 by those involved mission and the public . lands , you can make your voice heard Almost everyone likes to avoid lic view . Still An Issue ? The City Council - The Sanibel in the incorporation of Sanibel as an and have a stronger , more effective in - controversy , but there are times How to attend City government In our Winter 2008 Newsletter , City Council , which meets month - independent city within Lee County , fluence on Sanibel civic matters . As a when we must fight for what is meetings - The Sanibel City Coun - we reported to you about a U S De - ly , consists of five unpaid members member , you will be able to : to help ensure the continuity of good right or we must protect what cil meets monthly , usually on first partment of Transportation Study elected on a non - partisan basis for local government , to protect the needs to be protected . The Com - at 9 A . M . in McKenzie Hall Tuesday , in connection with the J N “ Ding ” four - year terms . Under state law , it email alerts and updates • Receive mittee of the Islands was born out hat’s ty all ) . embers f he ( t inCi H M o t National Wildlife Refuge Darling environment , and to preserve the is considered the local “ governing about important community issues . of such a controversy , when some public are always welcome . Time is which was to initially cost $ 750,000 body . ” Its primary function is to es - sanctuary character of our barrier inf f in • Get ormation rom - - and teract people in Lee County wanted to set aside at each meeting for public ( and has now been increased to $ 1 , tablish policies for management of island community . on - - our website at www.coti.org . allow enough housing units to be comment on agenda and non - agen - 500,00 ) . This study was to seek the City’s affairs and to put those poli - ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ built on Sanibel to accommodate da items . The Planning Commission “ alternative transportation options cies into effect through the enactment We also know that upholding • Email us directly at coti @ coti.org about 90,000 people . usually meets on the second and to reduce the number of vehicles of laws called ordinances . City Coun - the Sanibel Plan is essential to en - with your input or questions . Two groups fought the politi - fourth Tuesday of each month at 9 entering environmentally sensitive lso elects he ty anager ho a s t Ci M w cil suring that its protections are not cal battle that led to incorporation A.M . s ith ty ouncil eetings , A w Ci C m property within the City of Sanibel s a salaried employee . i • Receivenewsletters like this one . whittled away , resulting in an ero - of the City of Sanibel to protect it ublic participation is encouraged . p and at the J N “ Ding ” Darling Na - The City Manager - The City sion of the island’s sanctuary na - • Attend the Annual Meeting and par - from overdevelopment : the Sanibel Official meeting notices and agendas tional Wildlife Refuge . Manager ts uch he ame wya ac inm t s ture . ticipate in the election of the Board Planning Board , and Sanibel To - are available online at mysanibel.com , Committee of the Islands was s the chief operating officer in a cor - a And so we focus our efforts on of Directors . morrow . After incorporation hap - the City’s website . initially optimistic that such a study poration . She ( Judie Zimomra is San - ensuring the continuity of good pened , these two groups merged to might be helpful in suggesting ibel’s ty anager ) plements he Ci M im t local government and preserving Use the coupon below to join or Committee Of The form the Committee of the Islands . methods whereby vehicular traf - policies of the City Council through a the island’s unique characteristics . renew your membership today . Or Carrying on the legacy Islands Links fic congestion on Sanibel could be staff whose department heads report When someone asks you “ who is you can do so via our website at www . You , the members of the Com - ameliorated during the peak sea - to her . Email us at coti @ coti.org the Committee of the Islands ? ” you coti.org . mittee of the Islands , carry on that son . Accordingly we have partici - The Planning Commission - The Visit our website at coti.org can answer : it is us , the people who legacy of keeping Sanibel special . pated in all of the public workshops Planning Commission consists of Please check membership choice : want to keep Sanibel special . Visit Committee of the Islands While the battle for incorporation that were conducted by the Project seven unpaid members appointed by on Facebook ( ) Family $ 50 Thank you for your member - was won back in 1975 , the inter - Managers sin J 2008 a ce anuary nd the City Council for staggered three ship , and your continuing support . Write to us at P.O . Box 88 , ( ) Individual $ 35 vening years have shown that pro - also have communicated with the year terms . Its function is to act as Sanibel , FL 33957 ( ) Contributing $ 100 tecting the island from overdevel - Council and the other City persons ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ the local planning agency and advise opment is an ongoing effort – one involved . ( ) Life Member $ 750 City Council on land - use matters . Board of Directors that requires vigilance and effort Was optimism premature ? The commissioners also act as what is arbara Joy Cooley , president B President : Barbara Joy Cooley Name by all islanders . However , it appears that our known as a quasi - judicial capacity by ommittee of the Islands C Vice President : Mike Gillespie For example , we now know that optimism may have been prema - holding hearings and rendering deci - Treasurer : Bud Reinhold Address it is important to continue to educate ture ; in our view , the Study had sions on variance and extraordinary Secretary : David Bath island residents about the significance accomplished little . This was re - permit applications . Once appointed , Jim Beauchamp Save The Date … of alligators in our environment , the ported to you by our president , City commissioners may only be removed Jill Dillon The annual meeting for mem - essential presence of mangroves , and Barbara Joy Cooley , in a commen - for cause . State Zip Phyllis Gresham bers of the Committee of the Islands the environmentally sensitive nature tary entitled , “ Buses ‘ preferred ’ on The Sunshine Law - Under the Email John Harries b o Th M 22,2012 , will e n ursday , arch of areas like the bay beach zone . We Sanibel ? Preferred by whom ? ” The state’s Sunshine Law all governmental Claire Mallon Make check payable and mail to : 9 : 30 to noon , at the Sanibel Com - need to be sure Sanibel residents un - commentary was published in the meetings must be held in public with Martin Packard Committee of the Islands munity House , 2173 Periwinkle derstand the rules we have for pro - Island Reporter and the Island Sun notice of the time , place and subject Wayne Ponader P.O . Box 88 , Way . Our special keynote speaker tecting these environmental assets . on April 8 , 2011 ( you can now find of the meeting . The term “ meeting ” Larry Schopp Sanibel , FL 33957 for the event will be announced in It is a job that never ends as people the piece on our website at coti.org ) . is defined very broadly . So , for ex - Ruth Woodham Dues and donations are not tax deductible . coming weeks . come and go on Sanibel . ( continued on page 2 ) ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ample , this means City Council or

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