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Another Beach business sign to lower

January 9, 2013
By BOB PETCHER ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

A sign variance that was originally heard by Town Council more than three months ago has been approved through a compromise.

Neptune Inn at 2310 Estero Blvd. received unanimous approval on its amended variance request to allow a zero-foot setback, a base not to exceed four feet in height and overall height not to exceed seven feet for its proposed monument sign.

The compromise involves the overall sign height -lower than the original request height of eight feet, yet higher than the maximum height of 6'6" as stated in the adopted Town sign ordinance- and is based on eight conditions of approval. The conditions include the size of an existing hedge around the sign base to be no less than 42 inches in height and a permit and sign installation timeframe not to exceed 120 days from approval date.

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The proposed Neptune Inn monument sign.

A ninth condition, providing an as-built survey of the sign prior to Town final inspection, was dropped upon a reassuring request of applicant KC Williams. That base of the clause would ensure the sign would not go beyond the zero-foot setback and into the right-of-way.

"The current survey and photograph shows that the planting bed on the property is right on the property line. The sign would not go past that planting bed to be encroaching," he said.

Neptune Inn sign ordinance was originally heard Oct. 1 and continued on Nov. 5, so that Town and applicant officials could review options while discussing additional detail and analysis. The case was then brought back and reheard by the Town Local Planning Agency on Nov. 13.

Neptune Inn's existing sign measures 23 feet in height from the top of the triton to the parking lot grade and 45 square feet in sign face area. The prior request was for an overall height of eight feet, 10 inches. There are 75 parking spaces in the lot and 71 rooms at that inn.

The business was developed under the Lee County zoning ordinance more than 40 years ago. Regulation for new signs under the Town sign ordinance began in January 2012.

Before Council members allowed a grace period in April 2008, affected sign-holders on Estero Island had more than eight years to meet the required, regulatory measures in the Town Land Development Code. Council members then unanimously approved sign ordinance amendments back in April 2011 and compliance was asked of the Beach businesses.

Council makes committee appointments

Two members of the Fort Myers Beach community have been added to Town advisory committees.

Sam Lurie has joined the Anchorage Advisory Committee. His appointment allows a quorum and leaves two optional positions open on the board that advises staff and Council on all issues pertaining to the Town's public mooring field.

John Kakatsch has joined the Public Safety Committee. His appointment fills the only vacancy presently left on the seven-member board that addresses safety and transportation issues for the purpose of the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of and the visitors to the Beach.



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