The Sanibel City Council is expected to approve a liquor license for BIG ARTS, will designate Holly Smith a member of City Council and pass a resolution strongly opposing a vacation rental bill at its meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at MacKenzie Hall.

The council will hold a public hearing and final vote on BIG ARTS request that the ordinance governing sale of alcoholic beverages be amended to allow performing arts centers and live performance theaters to sell alcohol at its events. It would affect Schein Hall and Herb Strauss Theater at BIG ARTS. It could also benefit the Community House in the near future.

The liquor license was discussed at earlier council meetings and has been approved by the Planning Commission.

Smith was the only person to file as a candidate to fill Jim Jennings unexpired term on City Council after Jennings moved to Fort Myers and was forced to resign. The council has appointed her from among 10 applicants to serve until a March 20 special election to fill the seat. But no one else filed, so the council will pass a resolution declaring Smith council member-elect until she is officially seated on April 3.

The council is expected to pass a resolution strongly opposing Florida Senate Bill 1400 that would take away the city's ability to make its own rules on short-term vacation rentals and hand it to the state.

Proposed Senate Bill 1400, in fact, disrupts and intrudes upon the private property rights of thousands of citizens in local government jurisdictions who have purchased in residential subdivisions and would then find themselves potentially surrounded by transient 'residential' rental properties,” the resolution reads.