Zoning hearing scheduled for FPL land usage change

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■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE

The developers who are doing their due diligence in a possible purchase of the 10 acres of FPL property at the south end of the island have requested a zoning amendment for the land to be changed from “public facilities” use to “urban community” use. The hearing will be held on Monday, Jan. 25 at 8:30 a.m. at 2120 Main Street in Fort Myers.

Specifics of the request, according to the posted sign on the property at the intersection of Belcher Road and the State Park, says this hearing is to request amending the Lee Plan Future Land Use Map to redesignate the future land use in order to allow Boca Pass Partners LLC, which includes two developers from Southwest Florida, to build 20 single-family homes on the property in a development called Hill Tide Estates.

In November the developers held a public information meeting to explain what their intentions are. Seagate Development Group LLC out of Fort Myers and BCB Homes Inc.of Naples had representatives at the meeting who explained that top engineering, architecture and landscaping companies had been consulted for the purpose of creating a concept plan to “complement the unique site.”

The current plans submitted by the developers are compliant with all Boca Grande Community Plan and Gasparilla Island Conservation District Act regulations.

At the November meeting an attorney for Boca Pass Partners, Chuck Basinait, explained that the homes in Hill tide Estates would be in keeping with the common coastal architectural theme of the Boca Grande community.

One question that arose during the meeting was how the one point of entry to the new development, which would be located off Belcher Road, would affect the neighbors who already live there. Basinait explained that there would be landscaping buffers in place, including the existing berm, and that he was unaware of any other problems that neighbors would face.

For more information, contact Marissa Fewell at (239) 533-8585 and ask her about Hill Tide Estates.