In March, the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board did not approve a proposed 4,316-square-foot house for 851 Palm Ave., where the average house size is 2,708 square feet. As an architect with substantial experience in historic preservation, I stated how this house did not meet the Lee County adopted design guidelines for the Boca Grande Historic District.
Specifically, it was not compatible in size, scale and design with structures established in the surrounding residential neighborhood. The BGHPB asked this applicant to revise the design and present it again at their April 10 meeting.
The future history of Boca Grande is about to be determined, because the quality of the Historic District now stands at the fork in the road.
Fortunately, the choice of path is yours. You can go right, and insist to preserve the historic charm and scale of Boca Grande. Or, you can go left and open up the floodgates to watch the exploitation of real estate turn paradise into an overbuilt, congested tourist venue.
I urge you to take the right path. Come to the Boca Grande Community Center on April 10 and show support for the Historic District. Do not allow the encroachment of non-compatible structures to take over and erode your district values.
Lee County has given the BGHPB the legal authority to review proposed construction and approve what is compatible to the Historic District. Take advantage of this opportunity given Boca Grande by Lee County. Request the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board unanimously adhere to the adopted design guidelines of your very unique Boca Grande Historic District.
Michael Flanders, Architect AIAFort Myers
E-mail (required, but will not display)
Notify me of follow-up comments
Click for a larger view