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GPICA approves variance, adds Lovegrove to board

September 11, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Greater Pine Island Civic Association held its monthly meeting at the Elks Club last week. Topics of discussion were a variance for a house setback on Franzone Road in St. James City and the addition of Leoma Lovegrove to the GPICA board of directors.

The property owners building a house on Franzone Road are asking for a variance from Lee County to increase the front landing of the home 1 1/2 feet towards the road. According to Russ Smith, neighbors on both sides of the home have sent letters in support of the variance. Those attending the GPICA meeting voted unanimously to accept the variance.

Recently GPICA board member Gabriel Soltera resigned from the board.

"The board has the authority to appoint a new board member and we appointed Leoma Lovegrove," board president Scott Wilkinson said. "I think Leoma is a great addition to our board."

"My husband Michael and I moved here about 25 years ago and we've stayed and made a life here on Matlacha and Pine Island," Lovegrove said. "We've traveled all over the world and when we fly into Fort Myers, we feel like we're home. We have devoted our time, energy and finances into this island.

"The reason I'm glad to be on the board, and honored that you'll have me, is that we believe highly in incorporation and believe we need the vote. Thank you," she added.

In other business, Wilkinson offered a brief summary of the results of the oral arguments for the Matlacha Civic Association's lawsuit stating "it went well."

The Greater Pine Island Civic Association meets the first Tuesday of every month. The next meeting is Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Island Elks Lodge at 5630 Pine Island Road, Bokeelia, at The Center.



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