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Let's improve Fort Myers Beach: approve TPI-FMB

Letter to the Editor

April 4, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Let's improve Fort Myers Beach: approve TPI-FMB

To the Editor:

We have an opportunity to improve Fort Myers Beach. Do not let it get away!

As background for my experience, I have been on Land Planning Boards for 22 years. This includes serving for 19 years in Allen County, IN and 3 years on the Land Planning Board on Fort Myers Beach.

During this tenure, I have seen many development plans and many developer's presentations. Without a doubt, I have NEVER seen a developer work with a community as hard as TPI-FMB has to attempt to meet the goals of the community and fit their project to meet those goals.

This is a very responsible, local developer whom is doing their best to improve the current eyesore that exists and enhance the beauty of FMB. They should be treated with the same respect as others before them who have asked for approvals with some deviations, as are allowed by our Land Development Code (LDC).

The taxpayers have paid our consultant, Bill Spikowski, (as I recall $75,000) for his opinion and he states this project can fit our Comp. Plan and LDC. We should listen to him! He is acknowledged as the "father" of our Comp. Plan and LDC. His vast knowledge makes him more believable than other lesser qualified contractors. Do we want to be known as a Town that wastes money on consultants and not heed their advice?

Town Council, please do what is right. This developer is not asking for anything other developers have been given. Pass the TPI-FMB project with the requested deviations. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Approve this project to help beautify Fort Myers Beach with a developer who cares about Fort Myers Beach - and chose to live here as proof of his conviction!

Chuck Bodenhafer

Full Time Resident, Taxpayer and Voter

Fort Myers Beach



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