Little Gasparilla Island Community Plan
The BBIOD is described and implemented through the Charlotte County Comprehensive Plan. Policy 2.5.3 defines the District as follows:
“The Bridgeless Barrier Island Overlay District (BBIOD) consists of Charlotte County’s bridgeless barrier island chain and includes Don Pedro Island, Knight Island, Thornton Key, and Little Gasparilla Island. In order to reduce the potential for devastation resulting from involuntary natural disasters, this overlay district restricts the intensity of residential development. Residential densities within the district may not exceed one (1) dwelling unit per gross acre. All residential lots created within the Bridgeless Barrier Island Overlay District subsequent to February 1, 1992 shall not exceed one (1) dwelling unit per gross acre requirement. However, all residential lots created consistent with the Charlotte County Subdivision Regulations shall have an allowable density of one (1) dwelling unit per
Figure 5. Bridgeless Barrier Island Overlay
Therefore, the BBIOD is more restrictive than the current zoning and future land use designations on Little Gasparilla Island.
Non-conforming structures and uses occur on Little Gasparilla Island. Section 3-9-10 of the Charlotte County Code addresses non-conforming structures and recognizes as “legally non-conforming” those structures built prior to the enactment of the current zoning. On Little Gasparilla Island, typical non-conformities include improper setbacks and improper use (e.g., golf cart repair in a residential area), among others. The Charlotte County Code establishes limits and sets criteria for rebuilding non-conforming structures in the event of destruction.
A review of the Charlotte County Property Appraiser’s database shows that there are 642 parcels on this 206.5-acre island (Table 4). Nearly half of the parcels and half of the area are vacant. Vacant parcels occur throughout the island (Figure 6).
Citizens of Little Gasparilla Island
LGI Advisory Committee