What’s happening in Matlacha next door to the Wild Child Gallery? That question will be answered during the next general meeting of the Greater Pine Island Civic Association, which has represented the civic concerns of Pine Island and all of its enclaves of Matlacha, St. James City, Pine Island Center, Pineland and Bokeelia since 1957.
- The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, in the Greater Pine Island Elks Lodge, 5630 Pine Island Road, just west of the four-way stop.
The GPICA will host a presentation by Cindy Leal Brizuela of Morris/Depew Engineering about the property, where their client has proposed to build a new retail/residential establishment — a jewelry store with a caretaker’s apartment.
Developers present such proposals to the GPICA membership to garner community feedback, as required by the Lee County Commission. Following the meeting, developers are required to provide staff with a summary that contains the following information: the date, time and location of the meeting; a list of attendees; a summary of the concerns or issues that were raised at the meeting; and a proposal for how the applicant will respond to any issues. (Ordinance No. 10-17)
Following the presentation, the GPICA board will also ask for a vote for or against support of the project and send the resulting information to the Lee County Commission.
- Details and supporting documentation for the development request can be found on the GPICA website at GPICA.org/2019/04/loblolly/.
The GPICA will also host a discussion with the Matlacha Pine Island Fire Control District about free programs they offer to the community, including CPR training, fire extinguisher use, medical information, pet locators, proper use of car seats and even permits that allow residents to return following hurricane evacuations. Speakers will include Chief Benjamin Mickuleit, Deputy Chief Shawn Brant and Inspector Courtney Urich.
Other topics will include discussion of the need to adjust bylaws for the time period that annual dues cover (i.e. month member joined vs. Sept. 1-Aug. 31) and the process for the dissolution of the association. We will also ask for feedback on changing the meeting time from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m.
We hope to see you there!