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Fort Myers Beach Overbuilt

Letter to the Editor

March 7, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Fort Myers Beach Overbuilt

To the Editor:

Fort Myers Beach defines the word "overbuilt" clogged roads, no parking, pedestrians in the road, bikes on the sidewalks. Fort Myers Beach incorporated to reverse the overbuilding trend. It has worked for 22 years, except for developments granted before incorporation. Development is back. It should be embraced. Islanders have spent years defining and reviewing the vision for our Town, as documented in the Comprehensive Plan. It is a legal document. The issue before Town Council is not "what do we want to do," but "does the application do what it is required to do." Their decision must be fact-based. Exceptions can be granted. Density, e.g. the number of hotel rooms, will be a key issue. TPI had the opportunity to request an exception for one-half the hotel density submitted in their application. Instead, they requested an exception for four-times what is allowed by the Land Development Code. Does anyone really believe that approval of 290 hotel rooms, additional restaurant and bar areas, and a water park will not increase traffic? Removing 200 existing parking spaces will further clog traffic.The landscaping deviation will have a negative impact on pedestrians and bikes. Downtown needs to be cleaned up, but the development needs to be scaled back.

Tom Babcock

Fort Myers Beach



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