Published: Feb 05, 2013 12:24 PM EST
Updated: Feb 05, 2013 5:32 PM EST

SANIBEL, Fla. - Sanibel City Council will soon hold workshops to discuss possible changes to the city's development plan.

According to the city, some of the island's older properties are in need of improvements, and certain city codes are standing in the way.

Officials are looking at amending some of the rules, which were first established decades ago, to give property owners flexibility to change with the times.

But they are also concerned with preserving the island's pristineness.

"The word 'balance' is exactly what we're looking for," said Mayor Kevin Ruane. "To progress properly, but progress the Sanibel way."

Meantime, business owners say the freedom to keep their property's appearance up-to-date is essential to drawing in customers.

"People start driving around, looking at what there is to do -- they go to places that are inviting, that look a little more taken care of," said Jeff Weigel, owner of the Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory.

Workshop dates have not yet been set.