COMMUNITY PLANNING PANEL
Public Meeting #124– December 20, 2010
Park, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present: Jack
Lienesch, Civic Association, Chairman; Dan DeLisi, Estero development
community; Greg Toth, Founding Member; Ned Dewhirst, Estero development
community; Erik Dickens, ECCL; Jeff Maas, Estero Chamber of Commerce;
Neal Noethlich, Emeritus Member.; Bev MacNellis, Treasurer, ECCL and
Bill Brown, Recording Secretary, ECCL.
Absent: John Goodrich, ECCL.
EDRC Members Present: Bill
Prysi, Acting Chairman; Gerald D. Simons; Ramona Thomas, Secretary.
Don Eslick from the ECCL also participated.
Brown reported that the meeting notice appeared in a story in the
News-Press and the News –Press online calendar, the Century – Link
Estero Events Calendar and Esterofl.org websites. The notice was
posted at the South County Regional Library, Realty World of Estero, and
the BB&T and the Fifth Third Banks.
MacNellis reported a balance of $1,272 as of November 30th, 2010. Report
Lienesch explained that the purpose of this joint meeting with the EDRC
was to follow-up on the November 13 Workshop that had 130 participants,
the results of which were summarized in an 11 page analysis by Erik
Jack presented a chart
showing the highlights of this summary that several members and Kathie
Ebaugh from County Staff had prepared prior to the meeting.
This chart had columns for the
attendees to rate items by priority, difficulty, time frame, lead
players and how to accomplish . Kathy
Ebaugh acted as facilitator in filling out the attached chart which was
subsequently formatted by Bev MacNellis.
The team focused on HIGH and MEDIUM priority items.
Under the general heading
of Architecture and Landscaping style: Old Florida, Mediterranean or
other, was first discussed which Toth suggested should be rated as low.
Noethlich said there is an area
north on US 41 where we should encourage old Florida.
Prysi pointed out the “Old
Florida” needs to be better defined. Dickens
said some of the participants at the workshop felt there should be more
variety. Redevelopment was considered next.
Eslick said Redevelopment should be rated high and Toth suggested
that this is probably coming next. The
participants talked about the possibility of designating a historic
district in the area of Highlands Avenue, Broadway Avenue and Sandy Lane
east of U.S. 41, which includes about 20 houses.
Steve Elferdink, who lives in a
1915 home he restored at the
corner of Highlands and Broadway, said adding features to that area,
such as landscaping and old-fashioned streetlights, could attract the
support of longtime residents who are resistant to change.
DeLisi said “If there’s a way to enhance Highlands, we should do it.”
Signage was rated high and Noethlich
noted that we need to update what is already in the Land Development
The participants agreed to reach out
to the BikeWalkLee coalition for help improving bike paths.
said interconnecting roads and bike paths are required but “not in my
backyard” issues arise. “Everyone wants a connection through someone
else’s property but nobody wants a connection through their property,”
he said. Noethlich suggested that
Estero on the River could provide the type of park development needed.
Ebaugh suggested the Panel now
should convert the agreed upon outline to a Work Plan and find a
consultant, which the County will help finance on a 50-50 matching
Panel was adjourned at 7:30 PM
NEXT REGULAR MEETING:
January 24, 6:00 PM, Estero Community Park