‘We’d like extra time,’ says BGHPB concerning nomination to nationwide register
BY MARCY SHORTUSE – A letter from Lee County Commissioner Kevin Ruane to State Historic Preservation Workplace Investigations and Data Supervisor Ruben A. Acosta was learn and mentioned on the assembly month-to-month of the Historic Conservation Council of Boca Grande, held on Wednesday, December 9. The letter’s message was clear and concise: it takes extra time to decide on whether or not a part of the residential historic district of Boca Grande needs to be nominated for the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations.
The letter to Acosta, dated December 10, particulars the main points of the request. He stated Lee County has reviewed the Boca Grande Historic Residential District nomination and is unable to help the request as introduced. The first concern of the county is the inclusion of Gilchrist Avenue, a county-owned public right-of-way, as a contributing useful resource within the proposed district.
The letter goes on to state that the nomination was thought of by the Boca Grande Historic Preservation Board in a public listening to on November 10, after which the historic council voted to oppose the nomination.
“At that assembly, info was introduced to problem the factual accuracy of the nomination, creating doubt as as to whether Gilchrist Avenue meets the nomination standards,” the letter learn. “Moreover, county employees discovered no data indicating that the mid-landscaping of Gilchrist Avenue, which has been improved and changed over time, adopted any kind of historic panorama plan, which questions its inclusion as a contributing useful resource. County employees additionally raised potential issues in regards to the impact this appointment would have on the county’s capability to totally regulate this vital public proper of means.
The letter additionally highlighted that if the nominator’s sponsor Mikki Hartig of Sarasota amended the request to exclude Gilchrist Avenue, the county would rethink the nomination and refer it again to the island’s Historic Preservation Board for overview and remark. public. The one drawback with that is the truth that the Florida Nationwide Register Evaluate Board has the matter on its agenda for February 4, 2021, and that would not depart sufficient time for the matter to be revisited on the native and county stage. The county has requested a further 60 days to finish all crucial evaluations, public notices and public hearings.
Ruane’s letter acknowledged that if, upon receipt, the state historic conservation officer refused to postpone the listening to or if Hartig didn’t overview the Gilchrist Avenue exclusion request, the state may contemplate the letter to be a proper opposition from Lee County to the nomination as introduced.
The subsequent council assembly is scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10 a.m. within the auditorium of the Boca Grande neighborhood heart.