City Councilman Mick Denham, left, and Mike Gillespie, COTI, Community Outreach chairman, get together at COTI's 40th anniversary party Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Community House. At least one member of COTI attends each City Council meeting. Chris Koerner photo
City Councilman Mick Denham, left, and Mike Gillespie, COTI, Community Outreach chairman, get together at COTI's 40th anniversary party Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the Community House. At least one member of COTI attends each City Council meeting. Chris Koerner photo

The Committee of the Islands held its 40th anniversary party last Wednesday, Jan. 14, and a splendid time was had by all. That 300 Sanibel residents turned out at the Sanibel Community House was gratifying to the organizers. But more than that it demonstrated in a festive way how COTI has had an important voice here for four decades running.

Now the Committee of the Islands looks ahead to the next 20 years as its membership takes a hard look at the future of the islands. In a statement following the 40th anniversary party, Mike Gillespie, COTI Community Outreach chairman, detailed the active voice and strong presence that COTI continues to have.

He reported what COTI believes is progress on several issues, among them transportation issues and standards for resort redevelopment. Now COTI looks ahead to the coming year and it sees a number of very important issues facing Sanibel and its City Council.

Representatives of COTI attend each City Council meeting and each Planning Commission meeting. COTI will continue to have a voice—a voice that the City Council and Planning Commission turn a strong ear to—when it comes to discussion over the ever-present Dark Sky Ordinance, the development of the Civic Core project and the oppressive traffic problems. Most of all, COTI will continue to keep its citizens involved in the government and the future of the island.

Island weather

The next five days will be perfect according to AccuWeather.com at santivachronicle.com. Today's high of 74 degrees and lots of sun will be followed by four more like it with overnight lows that will be about 60.

Beaches

That kind of weather means the beaches will be hopping today. Low tide at the Sanibel Lighthouse comes at 3:21 p.m. High tide is at 11:38 a.m.

The sun sets on Captiva Island today precisely at 6 p.m.