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February 10, 2008

COTI SURVEY : ISLANDERS GENERALLY CONTENT WITH ISLAND LIFE COTI’s ( Committee of the Islands ) February and March 2008 electronic survey of Sanibel Island residents indicates that the 367 Islanders who responded are generally content with life on the Sanibel and happy with how their City is being run . However , they do have significant concerns about environmental and other issues facing the community and about the way they are being dealt with . As might be expected , the survey shows that the most important factors that drew them to Sanibel were the climate , the natural environment and the safe community . After they became full - time or part time residents , nearly all ( 9 out of 10 ) had their expectations satisfied . Investment prospects , family and friends or schools did not seem to be important factors in their considerations . Helping with satisfaction with life on Sanibel are the recreational and volunteer activities respondents participate in ; walking , beaches , bicycling and environmental affairs received the highest rating ; theater , museums and tennis are at the low end . About half of the respondents serve as volunteers for one or more organizations . A majority has not used the new Recreation Center but three out of four who do use it rate it excellent . Life on Sanibel is not without its concerns , however . More than nine out of ten respondents think that water quality ( including Lake Okeechobee water releases ) is the most urgent issue which has confronted Sanibel in recent years with beach condition / red drift algae removal a close second . Well over half said that oversized residences is an urgent issue , with property taxes and traffic following closely . Nearly half found annual growth in city budget , businesses struggling to survive and growth in city staff urgent . About one third found emergency medical services an urgent problem ( but nearly 40 % have no opinion on this topic . ) Short term rentals and Youth Recreation are not considered urgent by a large majority of respondents . On more urgent issues , respondents are divided on how well they are being addressed . Page 1 of 2 On water quality and beach condition / red drift algae removal , about half believe that it is being dealt with adequately but 40 % do not agree . On property taxes , growth in city budget , and growth in city staff , about four out of ten said that the issues are not being dealt with adequately and an equal number had “ No Opinion . ” Efforts to deal with traffic issues also have evenly divided reviews . Three out of four respondents are either very satisfied or satisfied with the way Sanibel City Council is performing . Many offered individual comments on several of these topics . The complete list of comments is being provided to City Council and staff for their information . Retail business on Sanibel meets the needs of almost three out of four respondents . Interestingly , three out of five women feel that way but four out of five men think that the retail business on Sanibel meets their needs . Who are the respondents expressing these opinions ? Fifty - four percent are male , 46 % are female . Respondents are evenly divided between longer - term residents ( more than ten years ) and the more recently arrived . Four out of five are registered voters . About two - thirds live on Sanibel more than six months per year . Nearly half are full - time residents . Four out of five live in a house , and the rest in condominiums ; very few renters completed the survey . Over half maintain an additional residence in a place other than Sanibel . Almost seven out of ten are retired with eight out of ten having two persons in their household and over nine of ten do not have children living at home . One out of seven is either employed full time or part time . The COTI Board of Directors is gratified at the very high ratings of their performance in the activities in which they are involved . They also appreciate the substantial number of comments offering suggestions on how the organization can improve its performance . They thank all respondents for spending the time to take the Community Survey . Their input will help shape COTI’s future activities . . A copy of the full survey report may be found on the COTI web site : www.coti.org * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Committee of the Islands ( COTI ) was founded in 1975 by those inspired individuals who helped incorporate Sanibel as an independent , self - governing city within Lee County . Guided by the mission of Sanibel’s founders , we seek to ensure the continuity of good local government , to protect the environment , and to preserve the sanctuary character of our barrier island community . You may contact COTI by mail at PO Box 88 , Sanibel , FL or by visiting the COTI website at www.coti.org . 33957 ; by email at coti @ coti.org Page 2 of 2 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF COTI COMMUNITY SURVEY An electronic survey of Sanibel residents was conducted during February and March , 2008 . There were 367 respondents . 1 . Reasons why I came to Sanibel 2 . My degree of satisfaction identified in # 1 Ranking of reasons Strongly Agree / Agree 1 . Climate / Weather 94 % 2 . Natural Environment / Wildlife 91 % 3 . Beaches 77 % 4 . Small Community / Quiet 86 % 5 . Safe place to live 91 % 6 . Cultural Activities 73 % 7 . Good Investment 69 % 8 . Family / Friends 61 % 9 . Good Schools 42 % 3 . The City of Sanibel and / or organized groups provide facilities for recreation . How would you rate your experience with these facilities ? The satisfaction rates ( Very Satisfied / Satisfied ) for these facilities are : Bridge 36 % Boating 40 % Concerts 60 % Fishing 36 % Live Theatre 45 % Fitness / Exercise 65 % Museums 44 % Bicycling 81 % Classes / Workshops 54 % Tennis 28 % Book Discussion Groups 36 % Swimming 55 % Current Events / Lectures 53 % Walking 88 % Environmental Affairs 67 % Beaches 86 % Senior Center 29 % The reason for the low percentages in some cases occurs is because many of the respondents do not participate in these programs or use the facilities . 4 . If you have used the new Recreation Center , please rate its facilities and staff . Sixty percent of respondents have not used the new Recreation Center , 73 % of those that have rate it excellent , 16 % rate it adequate and 11 % rate it deficient . 5 . How urgent do you think the following issues which have confronted Sanibel for some time are and 6 . How do you feel these issues are being dealt with ? ( Answers in percentages ) Urgent Not No Adequately Not No Urgent Opinion Adequately Opinion Water Quality ( incl . Lake 95 3 2 52 43 5 O . Water Releases ) Beach Condition and Red Drift Algae Removal 71 24 5 48 43 9 68 % of COTI members think this issue is urgent – 73 % of non COTI members think it is . 60 % of COTI members think this issue is adequately dealt with - 40 % of non - members do . Oversized Residences 56 33 11 25 46 29 68 % of respondents who have lived on Sanibel 26 or over years think this issue is urgent . Property Taxes 55 36 9 31 46 23 38 % of COTI members think this issue is urgent – 62 % of non - members do . Traffic 52 41 7 44 44 12 Business struggling to survive 44 40 16 25 35 40 44 % of COTI members think this issue is urgent – 61 % of non members do . 32 % of COTI members think this issue is adequately dealt with – 19 % of non - members do . Annual Growth in 47 35 18 26 44 30 City Budget Growth in City Staff 42 35 22 21 41 38 Emergency Medical 36 46 18 46 15 38 services Short Term Renting 20 49 31 26 21 53 Youth Recreation 12 52 36 43 7 50 7 . Open - ended question 8 . Sixty - five percent feel that the Sanibel City Council is performing satisfactorily – 12 % are very satisfied , 53 % satisfied ; 18 % have no opinion , 14 % are dissatisfied and 3 % are very dissatisfied . 9 . Open - ended question 10 . Seventy - one percent of respondents feel that the Retail Business on Sanibel meets their needs while 23 % say they do not ; 17 % of COTI members feel that the Retail Business does not meet their needs while 28 % of non - members think so ; 61 % of female respondents feel that the Retail Business meets their needs while 79 % of male respondents do . 11 . Open - ended question 12 . Many respondents serve as volunteers : Community Service 47 % Cultural Organization 37 % Environmental Organization 41 % Political Organization 21 % Religious Organization 28 % City Sponsored Committee 13 % Other 18 % 13 . Eighty - one percent of respondents are registered voters , 19 % are not . 14 . One percent of respondents are on the Island one month or less , 3 % two months , 4 % three months , 18 % four to six month , 29 % seven to nine months and 43 % spend 10 to 12 month on Sanibel . There is no significant variance in replies from these demographic groups . 15 . Seventeen percent of respondents have lived on Sanibel from 1 - 5 years , 38 % for 6 - 10 years , 34 % from 11 - 25 years and 10 % have lived here for more than 25 years . There is no significant variance in replies from these demographic groups . 16 . Eighty percent of respondents ’ residence is a home , 15 % live in a condominium and 4 % rent . There is no significant variance in replies from these demographic groups . 17 . Fifty - seven percent of respondents maintain a residence in a place other than Sanibel , 43 % do not . 18 . A large majority – 82 % have two persons living in their household . 19 . An even larger majority – 93 % - have no children living in their household . 20 . Sixty - eight percent of respondents are retired , 15 % are employed full time and 15 % are employed part time . 21 . 54 % of respondents are male , 46 % are female . There is no significant variance in answers from these demographic groups . 22 . 43 % of respondents are members of COTI , 57 % are not . 23 . How do you rate the value of the following activities in which COTI is involved ? Very Somewhat Not Neutral Valuable Valuable Valuable Promote Good Government by monitoring and providing input 63 % 22 % 6 % 8 % to City Government Help preserve and defend the % 17 % 5 % 9 % Sanibel Vision Statement and the 69 Sanibel Plan Find and endorse candidates for % 23 % 13 % 11 % City Council and Planning 53 Commission An overwhelming majority of respondents , 85 % - 86 % - 76 % found these activities valuable or somewhat valuable . The Committee of the Islands ( COTI ) is pleased to bring you the results of the Community Survey which was conducted to find out how Sanibel residents feel about issues dealing with our Island as well as finding out how COTI can improve their focus . 5 15 14 14 36 40 46 11 150 230 4 % 4 % 3 % 11 % 4 % 48 % 12 % 15 % 74 % 4 7 12 12 23 31 52 23 38 18 2 % 4 % 6 % 7 % 7 % 4 % 10 % 16 % 12 % consideration . 3 32 17 39 57 46 91 24 84 39 8 % 10 % 5 % 12 % 12 % 18 % 15 % 28 % 27 % my in factor a not was - 5 . . . etc . 2 81 63 93 84 43 74 12 85 100 4 % 24 % 19 % 28 % 31 % 26 % 14 % 23 % 27 % priority , secondary a was 1 45 65 21 61 201 231 175 158 122 7 % 60 % 69 % 53 % 48 % 38 % 14 % 20 % 19 % - 2 priority ighest h e ur ents th yo lecting spond was rtials se - lts re 1 ents | Pa total asons : anibel Resu sphere espond pletes the RVEY PST re of S tmo vey of r To ildlife percent applied of ITYSU us:Com : 41PM priority A Came count / Quiet gSur ment / W ption . is MUN 0081 filter I Stat Live the your tment mmunity ctivities Why Weather % eran Environ Friends o is chools Bottom to ponse r15,2 TICOM umber the lter:No rate Reasons Inves Place A Co Beaches selecting Climate / Cultural Natural Family / option . S Zoom Please Small Res Ma n Good Good CO Fi Safe Top 1 . Disagree 2 2 2 2 5 4 5 3 30 1 % 1 % 2 % 1 % 2 % 11 % 1 % 1 % 1 % Strongly 6 0 0 5 8 5 13 8 Disagree 19 6 % 2 % 3 % 2 % 3 % 4 % 2 % 0 % 0 % Disagree 24 20 27 78 52 38 105 75 124 7 % 6 % 16 % 12 % 8 % 35 % 24 % 44 % 25 % or Agree Neither Agree 94 81 80 75 94 42 102 102 103 29 % 25 % 31 % 32 % 25 % 25 % 33 % 15 % 31 % Agree 75 203 225 149 175 209 108 123 117 62 % 69 % 46 % 54 % 66 % 36 % 40 % 27 % 38 % Strongly satisfied been e the hav ndents selecting # 1 , respo Question dents total phere espon in the ified tmos of r ldlife ercent of ident A count ent / Wi ity / Quiet tions , p ption . is Live the tment ctivities Weather Environm % ommun Expecta / Friends o is Schools Bottom to umber the Inves Place A aches selecting Climate / Cultural Natural C option . Family Small n My Good Good Safe Top Be 2 . 39 78 52 61 75 58 23 12 119 132 147 155 44 42 126 4 127 N / A 36 % 40 % 17 % 44 % 24 % 48 % 39 % 16 % 13 % 13 % 19 % 39 % 23 % 12 % 7 % 4 % 1 % 3 3 0 4 0 3 5 7 3 3 2 5 0 5 20 8 3 Dissatisfied 1 % 0 % 1 % 1 % 0 % 1 % 2 % 2 % 6 % 2 % 2 % 1 % 1 % 1 % 1 % 0 % 1 % Very 3 6 3 6 4 3 9 8 2 4 5 6 4 11 26 20 14 Dissatisfied 2 % 1 % 2 % 2 % 1 % 1 % 3 % 3 % 8 % 6 % 2 % 1 % 1 % 1 % 2 % 1 % 4 % facilities ? 61 73 77 79 65 71 67 69 90 73 76 70 54 30 23 26 108 Dissativied 22 % 23 % 16 % 24 % 20 % 22 % 21 % 21 % 27 % 33 % 23 % 24 % 22 % 19 % 9 % 7 % 8 % these or with Satisfied experience Neither your rate 95 82 81 44 87 42 38 98 97 92 100 69 91 109 115 101 109 Satisfied 25 % 24 % 33 % 34 % 13 % 26 % 30 % 33 % 13 % 12 % 30 % 29 % 28 % 31 % 21 % 28 % 29 % you would How recreation . 51 39 51 96 52 77 98 52 53 73 47 79 105 157 192 175 125 atisfied 15 % 12 % 32 % 47 % 15 % 29 % 58 % 53 % 16 % 24 % 30 % 16 % 16 % 23 % 15 % 25 % 38 % for S facilities Very pate . ) rovide tici the dents p etc . par groups electing Groups not respon eering , s do anized dents total scussion volunt you org espon the which ures , Di shops of nd / or r cent & lect of in ctures count roups s / Work a those per nibel - ffairs tion . is Le G the for lasse Sa - sion ercise % A op vents ental of is enter Bottom N / A mber the Discus Theatre C City - ss / Ex imming Museums E ( indicate Concerts Beaches selecting Environm Bicycling Learning C Current Walking Boating option . Fishing nu Senior Tennis The Bridge Book Fitne Live Top Sw 3 . eutral 5 18 103 118 20 59 54 38 30 60 73 2 % 6 % 5 % 31 % 18 % 16 % 36 % 11 % 9 % 18 % 22 % N is ? pinion / issue O each 100 % No 29 % 60 % 6 % 4 % think you do urgent Urgent 11 80 162 173 139 152 135 108 117 115 116 3 % 42 % 24 % 49 % 46 % 40 % 52 % 33 % 35 % 35 % 35 % How Not time . 315 190 91 20 14 some staff for and Sanibel Urgent 66 39 316 174 235 120 146 186 183 156 138 95 % 52 % 71 % 20 % 36 % 44 % 12 % 56 % 55 % 47 % 42 % facilities ronted its conf rate ase ave le the h ts p which enter , Water esponden selecting Removal issues C echobee creation r pondents total Algae major Oke the urvive Re Drift res of dget Lake going rvices new ercent of Red S Bu ount to the luding on Se nces ggling and City p tion . dical are c used Staff nting is ilities the ( Inc itions eside reation in % Stru op below axes Me rowth Re is have City Bottom Fac Quality mber the Cond R esses rgency Rec ases ) Term T ersized cellent Adequate in Deficient Used Listed G selecting Property you Annual option . Growth nu Water Beach Traffic Short Total Youth Busin Rele Eme If Not Top Ov Ex 4 . 5 . Opinion / Neutral 129 88 78 99 122 16 35 32 127 163 175 5 % 11 % 10 % 53 % 38 % 40 % 50 % 27 % 24 % 30 % 38 % No Adequately 51 23 69 111 154 159 143 132 143 155 140 7 % 43 % 47 % 43 % 21 % 15 % 34 % 47 % 48 % 44 % 41 % Not ith ? ately 84 85 83 92 84 68 174 141 157 152 140 52 % 43 % 48 % 26 % 46 % 26 % 43 % 26 % 28 % 26 % 21 % issues . w dequ dealt A being entioned are m es ove the issu ents Water ab lecting spond these the val se of hobee re of dents urvive Remo any total each keec on spon the S lgae feel To ents O of dget re vices Lake A ggling rcent you of Red comm Bu ount Ser uding do nces pe Stru and City Staff tion . dical your c uately enting is ity ( Incl the esses ditions Reside reation in % City''s op onses Taxes Me Growth is add Bottom R adeq mber the Qual Busin ency Con Rec ases ) Term ersized Please Resp in selecting Property Annual option . Growth nu How Emerg Water Beach Traffic Small Short Youth Rele Top 101 Ov 6 . 7 . 100 % 12 % 14 % 53 % 18 % 3 % 176 331 40 45 61 9 Council performing ? City el is uncil Sanib Co about City Sanibel opinions the your feel utral on tisfied sponses you pinion / Ne mments Satisfied satisfied Dissa do tisfied Re How Total Co Very O Very 100 Dis No Sa 8 . 9 . 100 % 23 % 71 % 6 % 235 331 77 19 needs ? scene ? your retail meet Sanibel Sanibel he on t ses on Busines comments Retail sponses Additional equately quately Opinion the Re Do Total Inad Ade 10 . 11 . 118 No 100 % 100 % 19 % 18 % 29 % 81 % 43 % 47 % 18 % 37 % 41 % 21 % 28 % 13 % 3 % 4 % 1 % 266 329 143 329 109 63 11 14 60 97 41 86 96 50 65 31 4 year ? a in Sanibel on spend el ? . . . anib any rmally for S on no nteer Voter you olu tion do ittee istered V rganiza months apply ) a nization Comm Specify ization nization as Service Reg less serve O that sored ental many Orga Organ or a onths Please Orga you munity months months you all month Spon onths onths eligious nvironm Cultural Political How m Are ( Check Other , Do Total Total 10 - 12 One Com Yes City 12 . 13 . 14 . 4 - 6 7 - 9 m m No 2 3 E R 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 17 % 10 % 15 % 38 % 34 % 80 % 57 % 43 % 13 % 82 % 3 % 3 % 4 % 121 109 316 260 323 186 141 327 320 261 55 31 50 13 41 9 9 Sanibel ? household ? 1 2 3 than your other nibel ? in lace Sa live on p ver ) . . . a ved in a o anibel li dence or you 18 resi S ( age ave on h a idence adults years maintain res many many inium your you over more 25 ow How dom tal 10 Do use otal otal otal Total 5 or Is to H or Con Ren Yes to to 15 . 16 . 17 . 18 . Ho No 11 26 1 6 T T T 4 100 % 100 % 100 % 100 % 93 % 68 % 54 % 46 % 43 % 57 % 15 % 15 % 2 % 1 % 3 % 1 % 3 % 300 323 223 329 177 151 328 135 182 317 10 48 48 10 4 7 2 household ? 1 2 3 your in living are 18 COTI ? under of children member mployed time time rt ny une full … … a pa ma you you you rwise ployed ployed more How Are Are Are Female Retired Total Total Total Total None Othe Male or Yes 19 . 20 . 21 . 22 . No Em Em 4 Answer / Neutral 27 29 36 8 % 9 % 11 % No Valuable 21 16 42 13 % 6 % 5 % Not 72 55 72 Valuable 22 % 17 % 23 % Somewhat involved ? is aluable 205 225 169 63 % 69 % 53 % COTI V which Very in ies vit ent viding acti the etter ? ndents Statem pro lecting and llowing b and ouncil respo unity Vision se nitoring fo dents total C nibel comm the City of mo spon the Sa for our alue by of the re didates nment percent serve of v defend nment the count ver OTI can ission rate Plan ption . is over and Go the orse C ibel % you onses might Comm Good o is erve ottom G end ber the San City do pres Resp cting and ning B mote num How How the option . to input Help Plan Find sele Top 23 . and 24 . 110 Pro 100 % 55 % 45 % below . address email an provide 167 138 305 please so , If survey ? this of results the of report a receive to like you Would Total Yes 25 . No

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