Zoning to allow 417 upscale motorcoach units on Palm Beach Boulevard at Bateman Road in Alva, Fla., was approved 3-1 today (March 1) by the Lee County Commission, according to the Fort Myers News-Press.
Commissioner Ray Judah objected. Commissioner Bob Janes was not present for the vote.
The project is called Caloosa 80 and is planned for a 192-acre parcel just east of Hickey Creek Mitigation Park. Stan Whitcomb, president of Whitcomb Associates Inc., is the developer.
Whitcomb hopes to open the park in about one year. Lot prices will start at less than $100,000, and peak at about $250,000.
The developer agreed to double the width of the natural plant buffer along Bateman Road to 80 feet.
“It’s going to have its own recreation areas. There are good sized-lakes on the site,” said attorney Charles Basinait, who represents the developer. “We’ve created a development with 60% open space.”
Judah opposed the project because it’s not consistent with the rural nature of Alva and because he didn’t think the project would produce the taxes needed to provide the services the occupants will need.
Basinait argued the units are upscale and the owners will pay property taxes.
“The goal is to bring in the large $500,000, the $1 million RVs and the price points for them are quite high,” Basinait said.