As residents and visitors return to the island, a more beautiful and inviting bike Path will be most visible, dramatically enhancing our Gateway to Boca Grande.
Our master landscape plan is only entering its second year of growth and maintenance but already appears like it has been here for some time.
Less visible to everyone is the ongoing care and restoration of the 125 acres of conservancy lands, which together with the 5 miles of bike path, blend into the landscape and create a natural green barrier that is so much a part of the beauty of Boca Grande.
These conservancy lands protect the island from development and also provide critical habitat for native birds, wildlife and plants.
We were most pleased with the settlement reached this summer that resulted in Charlotte County adopting several changes to its new 2050 plan. Working with and supporting the friends of Cape Haze was most productive as it removed the threat of unilateral action by Charlotte County to increase building density. We must and will continue to monitor and stay on top of developments that could negatively impact our island.
In the coming months you will be hearing more about our Bike Path Safety Program. Our most serious issue is silent and dangerous passing: Some golf cart drivers and bicyclists do not slow down and warn or signal walkers when approaching from behind to pass. This is a serious issue that requires education and the cooperation of everyone. To help in this effort we will underwrite our joint venture with the Lee County Sheriff's Department and provide safety patrols during the peak holiday periods.
President Dick Mayer
Gasparilla Island Conservation and Improvement Association Inc.