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Oppose COA2018-00007.2638 dock

February 28, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

The new owner of the two properties on Second Street on Matlacha Island has applied for a permit to build a 52-foot dock, with a boat lift at the end. There was a hearing on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Lee County Historic Preservation Board, in Fort Meyers, which was attended by two people from Matlacha - my husband and myself. The reason for this low attendance was that we only got to know about this proposal on the 20th, a day before the hearing. No advance notice was given to the public.

Most docks are around 22 feet and this proposed dock of 52 feet long would be far into Matlacha Pass towards the small bridge on Pine Island Road, which will take away many residents' views,. It also would be an eyesore for the whole of Matlacha. In addition, it also would interfere with boat navigation and would need disturbing lights at night. It certainly would not fit in the magical historic atmosphere of the Matlacha art village.

After some discussion at the hearing and two speakers from the public, a motion was filed to redesign and a review of alternatives. The Matlacha Civic Association has been notified and is taking action to let the people of Matlacha know what is hanging over their heads.

The next hearing of the Historic Preservation Board will be on March 21 in Fort Myers at 10 a.m., at 2120 Main St., and we urge as many people as possible to attend this meeting in order to oppose this proposal with force.

D. Koch




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