BGHPB meeting includes NHR and sidewalk amendment discussions

November 12, 2021
By T Michele Walker

Three Special Certificates of Appropriateness were heard at the monthly Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, held at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium. 

However, it was two announcements regarding the proposed sidewalk amendment and the National Register of Historic Places nomination that took center stage in the conversation.

Board President Jerry Edgerton made a request to read a statement into the record.

“I have an old business item,” he announced. “I’ve received notification from the county, and I’d like to read this into the record. This is from the Lee County Legal Department. 

‘I’m pleased to report that pursuant to a hearing conducted Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, the Florida National Registry Review Board voted unanimously not to forward the Boca Grande Residential Historic District application to the National Parks Service, but only for determination of eligibility for inclusion on the National Registry of Historic Places. As you recall, this application was filed by a third-party – a non-resident of Lee County – and was opposed by the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board, Lee County Board of County Commissioners and the majority of property owners in the proposed district. The state’s position is consistent with the position advocated by the county. This result was obtained through the continued efforts of the residents of Boca Grande, whose help in supporting the work of county staff throughout this long process has been instrumental. The lack of local support was a key factor in the review board’s decision. I hope this matter has now been put to rest. The County Attorney’s office stands ready to advocate for Lee County and its residents should the nomination sponsor appeal this decision to the Federal level.’”

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It was also noted by the board that the Boca Grande Sidewalk Amendment Ordinance was moving forward and would be heard by the Lee County Board on December 7. The suggestion was made that notes for and from the meetings be made available to the public. The Board said that notes are available at the library and online and that the agenda may be accessed by email

As far as the three COA proposals, the first request was for the Addis Residence, 267 Palm Avenue. The applicant requested approval for interior remodeling, window and door replacements as well as screen porch additions. 

The subject property is listed as non-contributing in the Boca Grande Historic District. The Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board voted unanimously to approve the ordinance.

The second request was for the Brotzki residence, 1771 17th St. The applicant filed an application for a Special Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the existing one-story residence and replace it with a two-story residence. 

The property is a non-contributing site within the Boca Grande Historic District. The proposed home will be nestled between the Gasparilla Island Water Association Treatment Plant and the Gasparilla Sound Bay waterway. Lee County staff recommended approval from the Historic Preservation Board and said they find the new construction in compliance with the guidelines. The Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board voted unanimously to approve the ordinance.

The third request was made by Boo Fence, 1935 19th St. W. The applicant was seeking a Special Certificate of Appropriateness to allow the replacement of 113 feet of 6-foot wood basket-weave fence, the installation of 73 feet of 4-foot chain link fence and the installation of 148 feet of 6-foot vinyl privacy fence with two gates. 

After a recommendation from Lee County staff for approval and a short debate about the merits of chain link fence, the board voted unanimously to approve the COA.

The next meeting date will be December 8, 2021, at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium.