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CHECK YOUR MAIL-IN VOTER REGISTRATION
Published on: 1/21/2021
Check your voter registration with Lee County and make sure you are registered for local elections as well as national elections. Vote for Sanibel City Council in March 2021.
COTI Endorsement of Candidates
Larry Schopp
Published on: 1/18/2021
Sanibel voters will elect three new members of the city council on March 2. COTI, as a registered non-partisan political committee under Florida Statutes, has historically endorsed candidates for local public office that it believes embrace its mission —the continuity of good local government, protection of the environment and preservation of the sanctuary character of our barrier island community. This year will be no different.
All candidates may ask for COTI’s endorsement. Those who do so will be asked to answer some written questions on an array of issues we think are relevant to their qualifications. COTI board members will review all answers and consider other factors as well before making a decision. We will, of course, share the questions and answers with you before March 2 so that you can make your own assessments.
COTI Opens Covid-19 Forum
Christine Andrews
Published on: 5/15/2020
COTI opened a forum for concerns, helpful information, suggestions, and best ideas for dealing with the COVID-19 epidemic on Sanibel. Please contribute - share your concerns and best ideas.
SB1128 Vacation Rentals - COTI Letter to Commerce and Tourism Committee
Published on: 2/10/2020
COTI’s mission in part is to protect the small-town character of our island community. In furtherance of that mission we oppose and urge you to vote no on SB 1128 because it would undermine a time-tested scheme in place on Sanibel to accommodate thousands of visitors each year while preserving the character of our residential neighborhoods....Troubling as well is the finding that “Vacation rentals are residential in nature. ”Residences are places people call home. When we spend a long weekend or a week at a beach front resort, we don’t consider that resort our residence. Our residence is the place we return to when the vacation is over. It’s the place where we interact socially with neighbors and depend on them in times of stress or emergency. That’s the essence of a community — and it’s not found in resorts.
State Preemption puts Neighborhoods at Risk
Published on: 2/1/2020
HB 1011 and SB 1028, its senate companion bill, would completely eliminate local regulation of short term rentals, including neighborhood specific limitations on their duration. Instead it would treat them like hotel rentals with a “one size fits all” set of state regulations justified, judging by the legislative findings, by an expansive view of property rights — but also calculated to maximize tourism and the bed tax. Leading up to a scheduled January 21st hearing, COTI wrote members of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Development and Tourism to let them know why it opposes HB 1011 starting with the flawed legislative findings that are its underpinning.
SUSTAINABILITY DEPENDS ON SWITCHING SANIBEL TO RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
Commentary by Bob Moore
Published on: 1/7/2020
On Sanibel, we pride ourselves Solar panels on top of Bailey’s General Store, Sanibel. As leaders on environment, conservation and sustainability. And Sanibel has more to lose from the effects of climate
change than almost any other place in the country.