Now that we may be seeing a major downtown redevelopment, I hope the town council might consider hiring an expert planner to assist in the review of the coming applications. The town used a consultant for the origination of the Comprehensive Plan and we have the same necessity now.
A consultant could be hired by the town to assist our staff and our review groups to evaluate the various aspects of the proposal. The costs should be borne by a combination of the developer, County and in part the Town. The actual interviewing and hiring should be by the Council on behalf of the town and solely be accountable to the Town.
We have many excellent staff and many interested citizens in our community. Their work and efforts can be enhanced by having the expertise of an independent firm or individual to review and advise regarding the proposed development.
Fort Myers Beach