Alva - A Living Vision of Alva, Inc. Minutes, community/board
meeting, April 23, 2004, Alva Museum, 7:30 p.m.
NOTE: NEXT MEETING OF ALVA, INC. MAY 27, 7:30 P.M. AT THE ALVA
MUSEUM ON PEARL ST.
Present and signed in: Rob Andrys, John Payne, Holly Bell, Jean
Hutchings, Rex Shevitski, Danette Shevitski, Ruby Daniels, Donna
Daniels, Cheryl Quillen, Chuck Gorman, Suzanne Gorman, Jebb Luster,
James D. English, Jr., Marian Nesselhauf, Frank Nesselhauf.
Meeting chaired by Rob Andrys, president.
Minutes of previous meeting approved.
Treasurer's Report presented by John Payne because of the necessary
absence of Lynn Fensterer, treasurer. Complete report attached to
the file copy of the minutes. Reported: expenditures of $149.38
during February, balance $3,548.93.
Parks and Trails: Rob appealed to all to consider suggesting land
for the 20/20 Conservation program to preserve ecologically
significant space from development. Suggestions may be sent to Rob
Andrys - Andrys@ix.netcom.com
Fund Raising: Appeal was made for a new chairperson for this
committee vital to the future of Alva, Inc.
Membership: Also in need of chairperson. Membership forms were made
available and Donna Daniels has volunteered to work on the
membership program when current obligations are completed.
Civic: Alva's newsletter, the Alva Coconut Telegraph continues to be
edited by Sarah Gillim and all copies are picked up soon after
publication. Copies are free. Potential advertisers are invited.
Cost is $100.00 for ten issues (monthly). At the Spring Fling
Colette Corwin distributed flyers from the Alva, Inc. booth.
Flyers describing Alva's Dinner - Dance at the Hut Restaurant on
June 11, 6:30 p.m. were distributed and everyone was asked to help
get the information to as wide a public as possible. John Payne,
speaking for event coordinator Lynn Fensterer, urged everyone to
attend as this will be a special and effective way to build
communtiy spirit as we get acquainted with our neighbors in a
delightful setting. The Hut has recently been completely
refurbished and is achieving an excellent reputation. Complete
information and menu are available from Lynn Fensterer, 728 9972.
Reservations and check for $25 per person should be mailed to Alva,
Inc. Attn. Lynn Fensterer, P.O. Box 2022, Alva, FL 33920.
Need expressed to work out details for the next election of Alva's
"Honorary Mayor." This has been an excellent fund raising event for
Riverwatch, an organization devoted to the maintenance for the
quality of the Caloosahatchie River and its oxbows, will have its
annual meting on April 24, 4 p.m. at Manatee World located at the
Orange River Bridge and SR 80. All interested are welcomed and a
sunset cruise will be proved in enough willing riders show up.
This important organization needs leadership and wider
Election of officers and board members is set for the May 27
community meeting. All interested are invited to offer themselves
as board members and as officers. Mike Dove is chair of the
nominating committee. Three individuals have generously offered
their names as new board members: Ruby Daniels, Brian Taylor and
Donna Daniels. The board can have as many as thirteen members and
at present six openings are available.
Study by the Vincent Cautero of the Northwest Quadrant of Hendry
County will be presented to the HBOCC on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at
the Hendry County Courthouse on SR 80 in Labelle. Concerns have
been voiced over the inevitable increase of traffic on CR 78 through
Alva to the Alva Bridge leading to SR 80 as a result of proposed
development of the area. Discussions include the building of
another bridge near the Hendry - Lee County line to relieve the
traffic increase. For more information contact Mary Harn, 863 675
Hickey Creek Development. Proposed boat ramp and multiple docks on
this small creek threaten to significantly increase the erosion
along the banks and the destruction of the ecology of the area. An
important meeting to evaluate this proposal is scheduled for May 6,
11 a.m. at the Community Development Building, 1500 Monroe Street,
in Ft. Myers. All who can are urged to be present as Alva is
committed to support our Hickey Creek neighbors in helping to
control over development of this sensitive area. For more
information contact Holly Bell, Sullivan53@netzero.net
Hawk's Haven development along SR 80 near the Riverdale Shopping
Center is proposing that the County Commission's previous decision
to allow one home per acre be revised to allow two homes per acre.
This would allow 3000 new homes, if approved. Concern was voiced
about the pollution of ground water if a great increase in septic
systems occurs. Numerous wetlands are in this vicinity.
Word has been received regarding the possible sale of 25 acres for
commercial development on the southeast corner of Joel Blvd. and SR
80. Discussed is a shopping center anchored by a major grocery
store. Rob Andrys urged the group to consider the "look" of what is
to be built and to endeavor to make sure it is in keeping with the
Alva rural village ambience.
Word has been received that the Lehigh Acres northern boundary may
be revised to coincide with the Lehigh Acres Fire District. If so,
this would divide portions to Alva into two separate areas.
Oak Park has purchased seven acres next to them (west) along Pearl
Street. No plans for this land has been announced.
Meeting adjourned, 8:20 p.m.
Minutes submitted by John Payne, secretary, 728-8833 - Calusahavn@aol.com