The city's Planning Board approved a request from the Marco Island Academy to add two additional classroom modules to accommodate additional students.

The original permit at the school's site on San Marco Road expired in March, but the staff felt it should fall under the new provisions that would allow governmental buildings to be inspected yearly without officials having to continually reapply for extensions.

Irv Povlow debated whether that was applicable in this case, but did vote in favor; the board approved that request 6-0.

The request is expected go before the Marco Island City Council Monday night.

In other business, the planning advisory board whisked through a fairly light agenda on July 10 that included a number of site plan reviews that ranged from model home permit extensions to a temporary use permit for the storage of beach sand.

The Island Plaza PUD won't be coming before the board before the mid-September meeting to allow for the petitioner to finalize their presentations.

The individuals desiring to provide dockage under their residence that is yet to be built will be coming before the board for a conditional use to allow for that unique design. Staff is finalizing its report and recommendations for the August meeting of the board.

Swale discussions

Tim Pinter, director of public works, conducted a discussion on swales and their importance in drainage on the island, which led several committee members to discuss whether and how to require when a home is sold that either the seller or buyer convert rock-covered swales into grass. The mechanics of that process was not clear and the city attorney was not clear that it could be done or how to manage that process.


Sunset Builders requested an extension of their temporary use permit to allow the continuation of use their model home on West Elkcam Circle. Under the city code they may ask for that extension of one year. It was approved.

A similar extension was granted to Oakbrook Homes Inc. for their model home at 1034 San Marco Road. It was approved 6-0.

Sunset Builders also asked for a similar extension and it was granted 6-0.

Doreen's Cup of Joe

Once again Joe Oliverio was before the board for approval of his changes on Joey's Pizza and Doreen's Cup of Joe. For the last several months, Oliverio has been working with staff to address concerns over parking as he shifts some of his take-out operations over to Doreen's during the evening hours.

Changes would enhance his ability to service his customers in the evening hours and he would share parking between Joey's Pizza and Doreen's Cup of Joe.

Oliverio had submitted answers to an 8 -oint request for information, which had met the staff's requirement for detailed information. The plan was approved 6-0 and will be passed on to city council.

Marriott sand

As part of the renovation going on at the Marriott, there will be "beach quality sand" excavated from the site near the lanai units on their property. Because of the high-grade quality of the sand, it will be donated to Collier County for nourishment of the beach north of the Marriott property.

Due to construction schedules and the turtle-nesting period, the sand would not be placed onto the beach between August and October, causing it to be stored at a vacant lot on Chalmers, staff said.

The area will be fenced and the sand covered and will not be stored above the height of the fence. It will be moved to the beach worksite by the Marriott contractor in November for the beach renourishment project, staff said.

The temporary use permit was approved 6-0 for the storage of the sand.

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