Bonita condo plan suffers setback

Posted at 10:39 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 07:57:56-05

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Plans for a proposed high rise complex for North Bonita Springs suffered a blow from city council Wednesday.

The council rejected amendments to the city's comprehensive plan that would have allowed the project to exceed the 75 foot height limit.  WCI is developing the four tours which will be situated near Raptor Bay resort.  The condos are each 20 feet high.

"You’ve heard comments, some of you, in emails that this is a high density project.  That is simply not correct," said WCI attorney Neale Montgomery.  "Over time the density for this project has decreased because they acquired land, not units.”

But opponents countered that argument saying the condos would add to traffic on Coconut Road and make evacuations during a hurricane nearly impossible.

“This is a major matter of health safety for the public in Estero, Bonita Springs and unincorporated Lee County," said Jerry Masters.

He was among nearly 400 residents who packed city hall to speak out against the development.  WCI's attorneys say they will appeal the decision.