Did the town buy the property for upland services or not? That’s what has residents on Tropical Shores Way scratching their heads. At Thursday morning’s Management & Planning meeting, the town council will see the first concept of a new mooring field upland facility town staff wants to build behind town hall.
The town recently purchased a half acre of property at 166 Chapel street and 99 Tropical Shores Way from Gordon Zeng for $1 million. Every indication has been so far that the land will be used to build a new upland facility for mooring field residents, including this concept the town council will look over on Thursday.
Tropical Shores Way residents have been holding meetings to try to get answers. It’s not that they have an issue with the property behind town hall. They have a problem with the increased traffic they expect to see in the canal in their neighborhood if the plan goes through.
Residents are concerned that the canal that runs behind their homes will turn into a highway of traffic for non tax-paying residents. The Fort Myers Beach mooring field now has 70 balls with plans to expand that to 89. Tropical Shores Way resident Larry Abramoff says if the facility is built behind town hall there will be 40-100 additional trips up and down that canal every day.
Upland services for the mooring field include bathrooms, showers, trash removal, washers and dryers and other amenities.
Despite what seems to be a clear plan to put the building on that property, Mayor Ray Murphy said Monday that there is no plan yet. “No deals have been made. When it comes up, there will be notification. You’ll be in the loop. There is no deal yet.
We will carry the M&P meeting this Thursday live.
Normally, there is no public comment period during those meetings. Decisions are not made by the council at M&P meetings. They are held to have deeper discussions on issues concerning the town.