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Little Gasparilla Island Community Plan

The following Community vision statement synthesizes the desires of the Little Gasparilla Island community:

"Little Gasparilla Island is a pristine piece of old Florida, conveniently located minutes from the mainland and its amenities and services. Quiet, peaceful and uncrowded, Little Gasparilla Island is an informal, yet cooperative, collection of residents who cherish the breathtaking beauty of their unique island home and the easy going lifestyle it fosters. Timeless and enduring, Little Gasparilla Island combines history, nature and individuality to create one of the most endearing places in Florida."

The group then worked to identify the issues the Plan goals should address (Table 2).

Table 2 Results of Goal Exercises

Future Land Use

  • Consider Barrier Island Act

  • Single-family residential zoning

  • Set-back requirements

  • Grandfather in Golf Cart business

  • Consider limited neighborhood commercial activities

  • Essential Services

  • Require property owners to maintain junk free status

Transportation

  • Ensure that the island is accessible from the mainland

  • No vehicles on the beach

  • No bridge or vehicle access

  • Create north/south access easement

  • Maintain current sand paths

Natural Resources and Coastal Planning

  • Remove exotic, aggressive vegetation

  • Erosion control

  • Maintain/dredge Gasparilla Pass

  • Red tide

  • Water quality of the bay

  • Continual testing of water contaminants

  • Follow the coastal construction line

  • Enforce existing dock restrictions and restrict motorized boat traffic over low

seabeds and grass flats

  • Controlled/regulated burning

Infrastructure

  • Solid waste pick up and heavy trash collection

  • County should acquire water system

  • Pursue a feasibility study of the sewer system and ensure the existing septic

systems are operating properly

  • Utilities run along easements versus private property

  • Need efficiently operated potable water system with adequate fire flow pressure

  • Tie into Charlotte County 2” water main located on Don Pedro

Citizens of Little Gasparilla Island

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LGI Advisory Committee

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