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Little Gasparilla Island Community Plan

members. Due to the lack of land access to the island, the Little Gasparilla Island residents initially identified issues regarding emergency medical services, fire suppression services, right-of-way and access. Over the next two years the Committee met and discussed the characteristics of the island. The Committee documented their findings and concerns in a report presented to the Board of County Commissioners in March 2004. The Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution and the Little Gasparilla Island Advisory Committee (hereafter, LGI Advisory Committee) was formally established (Appendix A).

The LGI Advisory Committee drafted and presented a set of bylaws in July 2005. The LGI Advisory Committee is represented by a seven-member Board, the purpose of which “is to discuss matters of concern to the island residents including, but not limited to, the development of a community plan, emergency medical services, fire suppression services, right-of-way and access issues, the development of recommendations regarding island infrastructure and environmental issues, the development of the findings of the prior Little Gasparilla Steering Committee and to advise the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners on said matters.” Since its inception, the LGI Advisory Committee has addressed such topics as establishment of a north/south easement, property rights, density of structures, red tide, Stump Pass Dredging Project, Gasparilla Pass, water taxis, trash disposal, sewer facilities, island emergency services, Municipal Service Benefit Units (MSBU)/Municipal Service Taxing Units (MSTU) and aggressive exotic plant growth. The Community Plan seeks to address some of these concerns.

The LGI Advisory Committee approached their district's Commissioner in 2004 with a written request to formally initiate the Community Planning process. The Commissioner forwarded the request to the Community Development Department. The LGI Advisory Committee and the Little Gasparilla Property Owners Association (LGPOA) collaborated on the request to initiate a Community Plan. Both groups developed a list of specific areas of concern. On May 5, 2005, the LGPOA presented a memorandum to the LGI Advisory Committee recommending the following areas of concentration regarding the Community Plan (Appendix B):

  • Zoning

  • Future Land Use

  • Access to the Island

  • Roadway Easements

  • Water Supply

  • Sewage Treatment

  • Garbage Collection

  • Fire Protection

  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Transportation

  • Community Center Building, and

  • Taxes and Costs of County Services

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