Estero Community Planning Panel
Minutes of Public Meeting #97 - March 10, 2008
Estero Community Park, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present: Jack Lienesch, Acting Chairman, Estero Civic
Association; Greg Toth, Estero Development Community, John Goodrich, Estero
Council of Community Leaders; Tom O'Day, ECCL; Dan DeLisi, Estero Development
Community. Recording Secretary: Jim Ramsburg, ECCL; Treasurer: Beverly
MacNellis, ECCL. Absent: Lin Welch, Estero Chamber of Commerce.
Lienesch called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.
Seventeen participants were present including ten
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 March 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 February meeting. Toth: Motion to accept
minutes. Goodrich: Second. Report accepted unanimously.
MacNellis reported a current balance of $1,517.25
in the Community Planning Panel account on deposit at Colonial Bank in Estero.
O'Day: Motion to accept Toth: Second. Report accepted unanimously. Lienesch reported that he and Don Eslick of the ECCL met with Tom Schreck
of the Bonita Springs Community Foundation regarding funding of the ECPP. The
meeting resulted in no action. DeLisi outlined the ways that donations to
support the ECPP could have tax deductible status. Toth said that Panel
funding should be the responsibility of Lee County. O'Day reported meeting
with Lee Commissioner Ray Judah and outlining the problem. Judah said he
would investigate the situation and respond to Panel Chairman Neal Noethlich. O'Day added that the Panel should continue to pursue this avenue of funding. Lienesch said that he would communicate with Judah.
Discussion followed regarding the possibility of charging fees from
developers presenting proposals to the Estero community through ECPP public
meetings. MacNellis provided a recap of the Panel's operating expenses.
No developer presentations were scheduled.
I-75 Widening Public Meeting:
Lienesch announced a joint public meeting
of the ECPP and the Estero Design Review Committee in which Florida Department
of Transportation officials would outline plans for the widening of I-75 north
of Corkscrew Road and how the project would affect the buffering between the
roadway and Germain Arena on the road's east side and the
community on its west side. The meeting will be held at 5 PM on Wednesday,
March 12, in the Estero Community Park Building.
Goodrich reported creation of a photo album of signage in the
Estero Community Planning area to illustrate examples of what could be
considered permissible and/or objectionable signage in the community. A
committee would then meet with County Staff to determine its interpretation of
current codes applied to these examples. A public workshop would follow
this meeting to obtain opinions and suggestions from stakeholders. O'Day
offered further details of the plan. Means would be explored to fund legal
assistance in the preparation of proposed new signage codes applicable to
Estero. DeLisi commented that attorney Neale Montgomery has performed a limited
degree of preparatory pro bono work at his request. Toth added that tighter enforcement of existing codes is also needed.
Panel Meeting Dates:
Lienesch proposed that Panel meetings be moved to the
third Monday of each month. No objection was offered. The calendar
of coming meetings was announced as April 21, May 19 and June 16.
David Graham Award:
Lienesch reported that three organizations agreed to be
nominated for the 2008 award. Five nominees have been entered. Deadline for
nominations is April 1.
Lienesch reported a small meeting of Panel and ECCL officers to
identify potential ECPP and EDRC members. He said that he and Chairman Noethlich
have discussed Noethlich's retiring from the Panel and assuming a support
Goodrich asked for comment regarding a draft of his letter, written on behalf
of the Panel, to Lee County Director of Community Development, Mary Gibbs
concerning Mid Towne Estero, MPD.
The letter expresses the Panel's negative reaction to the applicant's recent
rezoning proposal and how it represents major change from earlier proposals for
the nine acre tract located on the southwest corner of Three Oaks Parkway and
Corkscrew Road in Estero. DeLisi complimented Goodrich on the letter and suggested several changes in its
Goodrich: Motion to adjourn. Toth: Second. Motion passed
unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 7:12 PM.
NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, MONDAY, APRIL 21ST, ESTERO COMMUNITY PARK.