Estero Community Planning Panel
Minutes of Public Meeting #96 - February 11. 2008
Estero Community Park, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present: Neal Noethlich, Chairman; Greg Toth, Estero Development
Community, Jack Lienesch, Estero Civic Association; John Goodrich, Estero
Council of Community Leaders. Recording Secretary: Jim Ramsburg, ECCL;
Treasurer: Beverly MacNellis, ECCL. Absent: Lin Welch, Estero Chamber of
Commerce; Dan DeLisi, Estero Development Community.
Noethlich called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.
Fourteen participants were present including eight members of the general
public. Ramsburg reported that public notices of the meeting were
published in the Fort Myers News-Press, the Bonita Daily News and the Bonita
Banner. Notices were posted on the Internet in the Estero Development Report and
on the Web sites of the ECCL/ECPP/EDRC/ECA and Estero Fire Rescue. A paid
advertising notice of the meeting was placed in the Bonita Banner of February
9th. Notices of the meeting were posted in the South Regional Library, Colonial
Bank, Estero Community Park and Realty World of Estero.
Ramsburg distributed minutes of the January meeting. Toth: Motion to
accept minutes. Lienesch: Second. Report accepted unanimously.
MacNellis reported a current balance of $1,765.25 in the Community Planning
Panel account on deposit at Colonial Bank in Estero. Toth: Motion to accept
Lienesch: Second. Report accepted unanimously. Lienesch reported
that he and Noethlich have solicited ideas for continued Panel funding. The
first was to seek donations. Second was to establish training sessions for
developers regarding Estero specific provisions in the Lee County Land
Development Code. Third was to charge developers for subsequent appearances
beyond initial presentations. He added that a suggestion was made to approach
Lee County for funding. Toth commented that the county's initial funding of
$25,000 was made six years earlier and has been an excellent investment in both
results and saving county staff's time and effort. Goodrich agreed to confer
with the county regarding the possibilities.
Panel Meeting Dates:
DeLisi's anticipated absence on second Mondays of the month prompted
discussion of changing meeting dates to accommodate his schedule. The
third Monday of each month was proposed as the alternative. It will be
proposed and discussed in the March meeting. A time shift from 6 to 5 pm
was also discussed and tabled.
No developer presentations were scheduled. Noethlich reported that plans
would be presented at the coming EDRC meeting for proposed takings from I-75
that would reduce the buffer between the freeway and
Germain Arena, BJ Golf Carts and Estero
community Villagio. He
added that the reduction may offer possibilities for improved landscaping at the
I-75/Corkscrew Road interchange. The plan as it affects Villagio will be
discussed at the March EDRC meeting.
Noethlich addressed the issue of signage specific to the Estero Community
Planning area as specified in Chapter 33, Sections 381, 382, 383, 384 and 385 of
the Lee County Land Development Code, defining each section. He explained that
infractions are handled by Lee County code enforcement staff. He pointed out
that plastic, backlit signs with changeable messages are against code. He
recommended a meeting with county staff to learn what, if any, loopholes exist
in the code that allow these and other prohibited signs from existing. He
also suggested a public workshop to further discuss the issue.
He said the objective is to put all signage until the control of the EDRC.
Toth expressed his annoyance with several billboards that have been erected in
Estero and said action should be taken to prevent more. An effort will be made
to obtain copies of actual billboard leases to determine if they can be
Establishments Serving Alcohol:
Group III restaurants are allowed to serve alcohol in Estero. With the
proximity of FGCU close by, Noethlich asked when a restaurant in reality becomes
a bar that might create a public nuisance or traffic hazards. He
recommended further discussion of the issue.
David Graham Award:
Lienesch reported a meeting has been scheduled between representatives of the
Panel and EDRC to consider candidates for the 2008 award.
Noethlich announced that he required a three month leave of absence from
Panel duties. Lienesch was appointed acting chair for the period. He
recommended Tom O'Dea from the EDRC temporarily take Lienesch's place on the
Toth: Motion to adjourn. Lienesch: Second. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting
adjourned at 7:35 PM.
NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, MONDAY, MARCH 10TH, ESTERO COMMUNITY PARK.