SC Staff Report
The Sanibel City Council agenda for Monday, Sept. 9, includes public hearings for two ordinances – one that would restrict certain bicycles on the city’s Shared Use Path and another to raise the area median income for below market rate housing eligibility.
Ordinance 19-006 would prohibit the operation of micromobility devices, defined by state statute as any motorized transportation device unable to travel faster than 20 mph, motorized scooters and any vehicle not human powered on the paths. In the July council meeting, Vice Mayor Mick Denham cited safety as the reason he was in favor of banning electric bicycles and scooters on the pathways. He said narrow areas of the path and congestion during season “should give us concern.”
A survey conducted by the city earlier this year showed half of the 2,500 respondents were uncomfortable with user behavior and 40 percent believed the path was already congested during season without the addition of electric vehicles. Public officers and disability devices, such as motorized wheelchairs, would be excluded from the prohibition.
Ordinance 19-005 would increase the area median income from 120 percent to 160 percent for a broader potential pool of qualified below market rate housing applicants. Community Housing & Resources Executive Director Melissa Rice told the Below Market Rate Housing Subcommittee in April that it’s difficult to find qualified applicants for the units designated as very low income. Rice said CHR had very low income units that could be made available to more families with an increase in the AMI, which is set in the Sanibel Code.
City Council will host a reception for State Rep. Ray Rodrigues at 8:30 a.m. Monday, prior to the council meeting at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 800 Dunlop Rd. Rodrigues is on the meeting agenda to give a briefing on the upcoming state legislative season that starts with committee meetings in mid-September and in session the second week of January.