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Re: The Greg Stuart Pine Island Incorporation Study Committee letter of resignation

December 13, 2017
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

Though I have been actively following the incorporation study and various public communications, I have not at all been active in attending the Study Committee meetings. That said, since coming back from Washington this past fall, I have spoken with a number of Matlacha friends and neighbors about the push for incorporation. But more on that in a moment. I do want to take this opportunity to resign from the committee. That way Matlacha may be better and more timely represented. I thank you for the opportunity of working with you on this incorporation issue! Key issues are as follows:

1. A Separate Vote For Matlacha: Everyone that I have spoken with does not want to see their votes subsumed by the much larger Pine Island voter base. Matlacha Island and Matlacha Isles will require a separate vote on incorporation.

2. More Study Is Needed - the "City Lite" model has been in place for both Bonita Springs and the Town of Fort Myers Beach. The consultant will be required to examine the Fort Myers Beach example, with emphasis on FMB taxes and assessments. The consultant will be required to develop a real budget for the proposed new city.

3. Natural Disaster Budget Reserves - Using Hurri-cane Charley as a data source, to analyze the fiscal and infrastructure impacts of a major hurricane impact, this in turn will serve to identify a real disaster reserve budget.

4. Land Use Legal and Litigation Budget Reserves - Using the 2015 Bert Harris and Inverse Condemnation cases as a data source, identify a realistic legal services and litigation reserve budget.

5. Road and Drainage Budget Reserves - Given the hundreds of local street miles, to identify Pine Islands local street inventory and identify an adequate road reserve for repairs and improvements. Also, consult a professional engineer regarding required surface water management and drainage infrastructure repairs, maintenance and improvements, which in tern will lead to identifying an acceptable infrastructure budget.

Given where the incorporation push is in the process, there is more than enough time undertake the afore referenced items and to provide a realistic budget for the city. To not create a realistic draft budget for the new city would not be in the interest of the community's residents and business owners. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this significant issue!

Greg Stuart




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