Fast-Food Restaurant Applications Continued to September

Applications for a conditional use permit to establish a 20-seat eatery that will exclusively serve frozen custard and a development permit to construct a new commercial building at 1219 Periwinkle Way were continued to the Sept. 10 Planning Commission meeting.

Charles and Lisa Whitman, the applicants and property owners, are proposing to build Sanibel Custard Shack on the vacant lot. The Whitmans operate a chain of approximately 50 frozen custard restaurants, Whit’s Frozen Custard, but the Sanibel Custard Shack is not affiliated with that business, according to the staff report.

Staff initially cited concern over insufficient emergency vehicle access, limited space for two-way ingress and egress, and the safety of users on the Shared Use Path. However, City Planner Craig Chandler told Commissioners that subsequent to the final report analysis an agreement to share the common driveway with Sanibel Air & Electric had been reached.

The applicants agreed to revise the site plan to include the shared driveway and a five-foot emergency vehicle easement and return to the Planning Commission.

Comments (3)

  1. kathy gagliardi

    Can we not keep Sanibel ‘AS IS’ without any new establishments. NO NEW establishments. Sanibel is becoming too commercial. It’s continuing to loose its charm which made it a special island.

  2. We agree with above comment. Let’s keep Sanibel a sanctuary and not commercialized. We don’t need more development!

  3. Frozen custard? More food? No more commercial outlets.

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