WCI’S INTENTIONS EXPOSED IN CEO’S LETTER TO RBC DIRECTOR

Yet PLCA Board Candidate Knowles wants to wait and see

At the recent Pelican Landing Community Association Unit Owner’s Committee meeting, board member and candidate Clyde Knowles was asked what he would do in a certain situation if re-elected to the PLCA board. Specifically if WCI were allowed to build an additional 1000 units on properties in which they have interest off Coconut Road and, further, annexed those properties into the PLCA.  With the beach park and the boat transports at maximum capacity now, how would he propose we handle the 1000 potential additional users trying to get onto the beach?

Clyde’s response was that there is no indication that WCI was looking to annex more property into the PLCA other than what was on the books. His response was that he would wait and see.

          RBC asks, why take a “head in the sand” position when WCI has made its intentions crystal clear, not only at the PLCA town meetings last fall, but also as recently as last month at the City Council meeting, and as identified in a recent letter from WCI’s President and CEO.

In a 2/11/16 letter to RBC member and UOC rep Bob Loos, WCI’s president and CEO Keith Bass took the RBC to task, saying that “We understand that your group (RBC) has taken the path of appearing at public hearings in opposition to WCI’s continued development of Pelican Landing.”

          RBC would point out: WCI’s continued development is not in Pelican Landing but in Raptor Bay, a piece of the original Pelican Landing DRI that was removed from the Pelican Landing declaration in 2002. Our opposition is to the attempt by WCI to use what belongs to PLCA, the beach park, as a right WCI could give to a community outside PLCA.  This is contrary to the 2001 Settlement Agreement.  Moreover, WCI’s term as Class B control agent has lapsed because more than 85% of the buildable units within PLCA have been completed and sold.

Further, Mr. Bass said that “we glean from your communications to the residents that your group’s primary mission is to deny access to the beach park constructed by WCI for future residents of the community”.

          RBC would point out: The beach park does not belong to WCI but belongs to PLCA as clearly set out in our documents and most particularly in the 2001 Settlement Agreement.

Finally, Mr. Bass said that “WCI will continue to ensure that we are (sic) preserve our vested development rights on behalf of the residents of Pelican Landing and WCI’s stakeholders”.

          RBC would point out: WCI’s development rights within the community of PLCA are now limited to the tower under construction in The Colony (Altaira) and the two other towers (M and N) left in The Colony plan of development. These are all that WCI has left as a right to develop within PLCA, assuming it can obtain all building and other required permits.  WCI’s Class B control period as modified in the 2001 Settlement Agreement has lapsed and there is no control WCI can claim in PLCA. No surprise that Mr. Bass wants to sell future residential units with rights to our beach park in order to increase profits for WCI’s shareholders/hedge funds, at our expense.

RBC has no problem with purchasers of the remaining buildable units in The Colony using the beach park and all amenities of the PLCA. It is true that RBC has publicly taken a stand against WCI’s attempts to build four 20 story towers in Raptor Bay. We fear WCI will attempt to expand the footprint of the PLCA by trying to add Raptor Bay and possibly the Weeks property to PLCA (via annexation). And the letter from Mr. Bass made us even more fearful that the build out of Raptor Bay and annexation into the PLCA is firmly in WCI’s plans. Under our current situation, WCI could try to annex at will by filing documents without notice to existing residents in the PLCA.

This is precisely why RBC has filed a law suit challenging WCI’s “claimed right” to annex anything it wishes into PLCA and its “claimed right” to give beach park access to anyone it chooses.  The only way to stop WCI from acting is to get a court ruling that it has no such rights.  Simply stating they do not have such rights will have no effect; action is necessary.

Mr. Knowles and our current PLCA board have taken a “wait and see” position on this issue. When would be a good time to become concerned about annexation, Mr. Knowles? What would your response be as a board member of the PLCA?

WCI will not give up easily and because the PLCA board has taken a “wait and see” approach, the RBC is the ONLY entity that will and can stop WCI.  RBC is about to go into full legal battle because WCI now has about 15 days to respond to our complaint. After the Bonita Springs elections in mid-March, WCI will likely show its hand as to how it will try changing the zoning on Raptor Bay.

Remember, WCI has already publicly threatened to sue the city of Bonita Springs over the recent zoning denial.  Litigation is inevitable over the annexation issue.  Clyde Knowles and the other PLCA board members so far have refused to join the inevitable fight, putting the future of Pelican Landing at risk.
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