Yet another call to action has been sent out through the community referencing Gilchrist Avenue median parking ... and this time it’s from the bridge club, and they are supporting the Gasparilla Inn Plan.
On May 2, Jay Whipple, a Boca Grande resident and leader of the Boca Grande Duplicate Bridge Club, sent out a letter to everyone who plays the game at the United Methodist Church twice a week.
“As you are probably aware, the county is currently reviewing two different plans for the redesign and configuration of parking on Gilchrist Avenue,” Whipple wrote in an email to his fellow players. “While both plans include plantings and beautification of the median, the parking provided by each is significantly different. One design, backed primarily by residents of Gilchrist Avenue, calls for parallel parking and provides substantially less spaces than are currently available. The plan proposed by the Gasparilla Inn & Club, and backed by the GICIA, the Chamber of Commerce, the three churches on Gilchrist and a large number of Islanders calls for diagonal parking and maximizes the parking area.
View More images >>“It is critical that the County Commissioner hear the opinions of our members. It is important that the voices of ALL Islanders be heard and not just the self-interested residents of Gilchrist – residents who have aggravated the situation by replacing county parking (the outer parkway) with restrictive plantings and signage.”
Whipple also sent a letter to Commissioner John Manning, informing him of his support of the Inn Plan.
“We believe this plan best serves our entire community by the planting of palm trees spaced to organize parking, natural plantings to prevent “pull-through” vehicles and a grass surface for the parking of cars or golf carts,” Whipple wrote. “This plan takes into full consideration the optimization of parking places, beautification, safety, as well as reasonable maintenance to ensure the future continuity of the area.”
The Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board will meet in the Woman’s Club Room of the Boca Grande Community Center at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, and on the agenda will be discussion about Gilchrist Avenue. To be exact, the possibility of designating the median as a historic resource under chapter 22 of the Lee County Land Development Code will be brought up, as well as any other issues the public brings forth.
All members of the public and business community are invited to attend.
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