Residents of Naples’ only low-income minority community are vowing to "make as much noise as has ever been made in this town" regarding the concern the city has long ignored the needs of the River Park neighborhood.
We are very concerned about the proposed change in the City of Naples Code of Ethics which calls for the abandoning of the more stringent City of Naples Code and the adoption of the State of Florida Ethics Law.
We're getting our first look at next year's proposed Naples city budget, which includes a bump up of $19 million from last year.
The expenditures total $144.3 million.
The city of Naples hasn't approved a new gas station in years, and when it did, the station was put in the city's poorest neighborhood, according to a newly filed lawsuit against the city.
According to the lawsuit, 22 River Park residents claim their civil rights were violated by the city council's approval of an eight-pump 7-Eleven gas station.
The developer responsible for this Fifth Avenue Redevelopment is “Naples developer Phil McCabe who drew praise, criticism as he forges ahead with new Fifth Avenue vision.” It's an interesting time to be Phil McCabe. One of a handful of developers often credited for revitalizing the city's main business district, McCabe has made a living for much of the past 30 years investing millions into downtown retail, hotels and restaurants. But last year, McCabe may have taken his most ambitious steps yet. He went public with plans for two projects that, by his words, would create a new look for Fifth Avenue South and the surrounding area.
The race for Naples mayor comes down to three candidates, and six other residents are seeking seats on the Naples City Council.
Property owners in Naples filed a petition to appeal Naples city Council's decision to approved a mixed-use building on Fifth Avenue South that would remove all of the outdoor dining around Cafe Luna and put in an underground parking facility. In a Naples Daily News Poll nearly 80% of respondents agreed that Council should reverse their decision to approve this huge overdevelopment of Naples.
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.
Two highly-scrutinized redevelopment projects approved by Naples City Council in the past month are expected only to be the beginning of what's described as an inevitable makeover to parts of Fifth Avenue South and other business corridors downtown.
There was rarely a doubt in the room Wednesday that Naples City Council would vote to allow a developer to demolish a popular stretch of restaurants on Fifth Avenue South and replace the buildings with his vision for a multiuse complex of retail shops and condos.