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Open house scheduled for SUP Master Plan update

February 12, 2019
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The public will have a chance to share its thoughts on the island's Shared Use Path system.

In updating the SUP's Master Plan, the city and Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold an open house on Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sanibel Recreation Center on Sanibel.

"We have a history of successfully using these types of open houses to garner input," City Manager Judie Zimomra said, noting that one after Hurricane Charley focused on repairs to Periwinkle.

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There were samples of benches, fountains and such for people to provide feedback on.

"We've done it on transportation studies," she added. "We did it for the old recreation center."

The open house also provides the public with a chance to ask question as staff will be present.

"Our residents tend to be actively involved with our decision making," Zimomra said. "They're hands on."

The existing Master Plan was adopted in 2009 and has guided the implementation of updates to the SUP system over the past decade. An update of the plan is currently being conducted to guide the long-term vision for the system, and input and feedback from the community is one step in completing it.

"It's a community asset, it's not a city asset," she said of the SUP.

Zimomra added that the open house is not just for bikers, walkers and those who use the system.

"Also the motorists - everyone who is transporting across the islands," she said.

"It's a way to make sure your voice is heard," Zimomra added. "Public input is valued here."

As part of the process for updating the plan, an eight-member Project Advisory Committee was established, and it held its first public meeting on Jan. 31. The firm Tindale-Oliver, out of Tampa, is overseeing the project. It is aiming to complete it and present the plan to the city council in June.

"The open house is not the only means for soliciting input," she noted.

In addition to hosting a second open house in March, the firm plans to organize pop-up community events at island farmers markets and festivals, as well as has online and face-to-face surveys planned.

The online survey launched on Feb. 8 at

The public has until April 30 to fill it out. The website also features information on the plan update, a project timeline, background on the existing path system, an interactive wiki map tool and more.

The firm will also conduct "path intercept surveys" on Feb. 16, which will entail stopping users at multiple locations throughout the system to ask them to take a questionnaire and share their thoughts.

For more information or questions, visit the project website or contact Keith Williams, director of Sanibel's Department of Community Services, at 239-472-6397 ext. 507.

The Sanibel Recreation Center is at 3880 Sanibel-Captiva Road.



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