It isn't imminent, but the City of Sanibel is at least taking a long-range look at the idea of making the use of electronic devices on the Shared Use Paths illegal for all but those on foot.

The City Council received a memorandum from City Manager Judie Zimomra at the council meeting at City Hall on July 18. It detailed a recent accident on the paths that involved cellphone use, what two cities are doing on their paths and a draft ordinance governing their use.

The memorandum was included as part of Zimomra's monthly report to the council and it was deep in the council's agenda. It created a stir and enticed one of the Fort Myers television stations to set up a camera in the council chambers in anticipation of a new ordinance. But that didn't happen.

This is for discussion only. We are not moving forward on this right now,” Mayor Kevin Ruane said.

Zimomra said the memorandum was for research only.

The so-far mythical draft ordinance accompanying Zimomra's memorandum that might serve as a starting point in the future, reads “It shall be unlawful for any person to use a communication device (defined as any device, including but not limited to a wireless telephone, personal digital assistant, or a portable or mobile computer, which is designed to transmit and receive electronic messages).”

It is not intended for walkers, but otherwise would apply to “any means of transport (such as skateboarding, rollerblading, rollerskating, hoverboarding, and operating a surrey)) on a Shared Use Path.” Stopping, such as stopping while biking, would still be legal for use of a mobile device.

The draft ordinance also stated the various uses of the cellphone to which the ordinance would apply, including talking, emailing and text messaging.

Included in the memorandum, which was prepared by Administrative Intern Dana Congress, was the Sanibel Police report from late April detailing the injury of an elderly man in a head-on bicycle collision. The other cyclist was talking on a cellphone and left the scene without giving information, the police report said.

Chicago and Flagstaff, Ariz., are two places that have enacted legislation regulating cellphone use on shared use or bicycle paths. Cellphone use that causes an accident can result in a fine up to $500 in Chicago, according to Zimomra's memorandum.