5th Avenue South

Naples council in 2015 approved Fifth Avenue development concept that was rejected by 2003 council

Naples City Council approved a controversial Fifth Avenue South redevelopment project last fall, more than a decade after a previous council rejected a near-identical concept based on an analysis that the plans violated the city charter.  By voting against a developer's request in 2003 to construct a three-story hotel above a level of underground parking, the council followed the opinion of its lawyer, Bob Pritt, who said the project likely violated charter limits on building design.  

Underground parking still up in the air for Naples council

Underground parking up in the air in Naples. Old Naples residents and others who frequent Fifth Avenue South want more public scrutiny of redevelopment projects that are setting a new precedent for downtown builders. But there was no finality Monday to the issue of whether plans that include underground parking should receive oversight from Naples City Council.