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Little Gasparilla Island Community Plan

Analysis of Community Needs

The community wants to address key restoration issues, such as getting help restoring native vegetation and controlling beach erosion. The residents cherish their natural setting and want to ensure the protection of the marine and terrestrial resources.

Goals, Policies and Objectives

Goal 6. Promote the restoration of native terrestrial habitats on Little Gasparilla Island.

Objective 6.1. Charlotte County recognizes that Little Gasparilla Island lots are privately owned. The Charlotte County Environmental Extension Office will work with local residents and land owners to establish an awareness campaign that promotes the restoration of native habitats on the island.

Policy 6.1.1. Charlotte County in coordination with the LGI Advisory Committee will investigate the means by which to conduct an assessment of the terrestrial vegetation on Little Gasparilla Island including, but not limited to, grant funding opportunities.

Policy 6.1.2. The assessment of native terrestrial vegetation should include a description of the vegetation types across the island as well as the identification of priority areas for restoration. The study should also recommend techniques to remove and dispose of exotic vegetation and replace with native species.

Objective 6.2. All new construction on the Little Gasparilla Island is required to remove exotic and aggressive native species, such as Brazilian pepper, Australian pine and Nicker bean. The LGI Advisory Committee will actively encourage removal of exotic species on existing developed properties.

Citizens of Little Gasparilla Island


LGI Advisory Committee

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