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  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018 6:07 PM | News Desk (Administrator)

    Monday evening the ONA Board of Directors attended a meeting with representatives of the Watkins Family (seller of the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club), and the Athens Group, the buyer.  Also in attendance were board members from the Coquina Sands Property Owners’ Association.  

    The meeting was very informative and interesting.  We received a Powerpoint presentation as well as the opportunity to hear from Henry Watkins, Kim Richards (CEO of The Athens Group), the buyer’s architect and its counsel. We and the Coquina directors asked many questions.

    Here is a link to the story printed in the November 12 Naples Daily News that describes in detail how the new owner plans to transform the Beach Hotel and Golf Club. 

    https://www.naplesnews.com/story/money/business/local/2018/11/12/naples-beach-hotel-golf-club-florida-new-look/1975910002/

    As expected, there are a number issues worthy of our careful consideration, such as building height, density, intensity, setbacks and traffic. We were very encouraged to learn of Athens’ plan to encumber the 101-acre golf course abutting 9thStreet North with a deed restriction that it will always be either a golf course or another form of open, green space. 

    There will be additional opportunities for ONA Members and others interested in this project to meet with and ask questions of the principals. They will be scheduled once we are “in season” – probably in December or January.  We’ll let you know as soon as they are announced.

    We will continue to keep you updated as further details of the development plan are released and the City approval process gets underway.

    Very best regards,

    Ned Fryer

    President Elect, Old Naples Association

  • Friday, November 02, 2018 9:45 AM | News Desk (Administrator)

    Good News!

    Please join me in congratulating Chris Rozansky Executive Director of the Naples Airport, Diane Terrill Deputy Director, Donna Messer Chair of the NAA, Bruce Byerly Chair of the NCC and Diane Jackson Director of Communication and development on receiving a positive response from their September 18,2018 memo to Mr Bart Vernace Manager Southern Region Airports District Office FAA providing their justification for conducting a Part 150 Update.

    Mr Vernace responded October 2, 2018 Re: Request to Update 14 CFR Part 150 Study 

    “We agree that the request to update the 1999 NCP and 2010 NEMs is reasonable. Based on a review of the noise contours and the issues that affected completion of the 2010 Part 150 Study, The FAA recommends that the Part 150 Study technical approach to be structured to : 1) approve updated NEMs and 2) have mutual agreement between the Airport Authority and the FAA to proceed with the NCP update. Under this approach, a single grant could be requested for the Part 150 update, but the study’s scope of work and fee estimate would include a clear break between the two phases of the study”

    The above positive response is a clear indication of Naples airport management’s commitment to work with our community and stated 2017-2021 Strategic Plan objective specifically Goal #2 which states: “Be an engaged, responsive partner in service to our community”

    In addition to the good news above several other revelations have taken place:

    April 19 the NAA held their regular board meeting at which ESA Master Plan consultant and HMMH long term noise consultant presented and sited the following:

    1.ESA after extensive study focusing on reestablishing commercial service as part of Master Plan stated “Naples air service options are limited and no scenario suggest a high probability of economic success”

    2. ESA completed a forecast of jet traffic by 2023 to reach 32,000 and 44,000 by 2038. Clearly dictating the need to update the 1997 Part 150 NCP and 2010 NEMs. The 2010 last official completed NEMs were in reference to actual jet traffic of 17,765.

    3. HMMH after having reviewed specific to Old Naples the population changes between 2010 and 2017 sited a 12.3% estimated growth in population.

    August 16, 2018 the regular NAA board meeting it was revealed by Mr Rozansky during the pre-lim 2019 budget financial review that $500,000 has been allocated for Noise Study. This input was prior to the FAA favorable response October 2, 2018.

    In closing, I am cautiously optimistic and if you should have any comments please send to:

    airtraffic@oldnaplesassociation.com

    Look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

    Best Regards 

       Tom Lauer Chair AirTraffic initiative ONA


  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 5:05 AM | News Desk (Administrator)

    The City of Naples and Q. Grady Minor & Associates, P.A. are in the final phase of design for the 8th Street Corridor Improvement Project and will present the Landscape and Lighting designs at a public meeting. 

    The 8th Street Corridor Improvement Project extends from 5th Avenue South to 7th Avenue North. 8th Street is a north-south road that collects local traffic and extends from 12th Avenue South through the downtown area to 7th Avenue North. 

    The 8th Street Corridor Improvement Project will improve stormwater drainage, promote traffic calming, and create a street image more consistent with the Naples brand, the City's Complete Streets Policy, Blue Zone Initiative, Tree Ordinance, and Redevelopment PlanCurrently, the corridor includes various landscape designs and minimal street lighting. 

    If you are unable to attend this public meeting, the proposed Landscape and Lighting design will be presented again at the CRA Advisory Board meeting on October 22, 2018. 

    Click Here to view the Community Redevelopment Agency Project Page. 

    Meeting Location: City Hall Multi-Media Room - 2nd floor

    Date and Time: 10/18/18 4:00pm to 6:00pm 


  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 1:27 PM | News Desk (Administrator)

    You will have an opportunity over the next few months to shape the Vision of Naples.  City Council has directed the Planning Advisory Board (PAB) to conduct an outreach program to gather input from the community as the town updates two of our most important documents which guide our development and informs how we live:  The Vision Document reflects our community Values and Goals, and the Comprehensive Plan gives direction on growth, development, and city maintenance to support those Values and Goals.  

    The Comprehensive Plan is required by the state to be updated routinely to ensure town management is consistent with current state statutes. Changes necessary to comply are mandatory and those changes are underway; most have been submitted to the state.  This year city staff is recommending many, additional, non-mandated changes to the Comprehensive Plan on which City Council will ultimately vote. We are encouraged that our Council has deemed it important for residents to share their opinions so that our Vision Document reflects our current values, and that any non-mandated changes to the Comprehensive Plan that Council approves are supportive of those values.  

    Review our current Vision Document, last updated in 2007 Here:

    PAB has hired an outside consultant, Stantec, to facilitate the gathering of community input, which will begin early fall, continuing through March, 2019.   The ONA Planning and Development Committee has been tasked with following this “Visioning Process”, keeping you informed, and encouraging you to share your thoughts on the issues that affect the quality of life in our city when this outreach begins. It is important to note that the Vision Document you will comment about will be foundational to the Comprehensive Plan for the next ten years. 

    This ONA Planning and Development Committee has reached out to the leadership of many of our fellow homeowner associations to ask what is important to their neighborhoods.  We agree with our neighbors that the following issues are critical:

    We are a community of residents and the Vision and Comprehensive Plan should be viewed through that lens.  Tourists come here to enjoy the quality of life and amenities that are coveted by residents and those quality of life standards should be protected.

    We must protect the small town charm of our neighborhoods, outlined as a priority in our current 2007 Vision Document. Development should comply with our codes and any installation of a “Complete Streets” concept to our streets and avenues should be “concept driven” as the Florida Department of Transportation suggests, and installed in a manner as to not disrupt our neighborhoods and its’ green space. 

    Read about Complete Streets Here:

    We must manage growth and redevelopment by enforcing our land and building codes and any deviation must be an exception. Variances to building heights and density seem wrongly to have become the norm.    

    We must work both with the City and the County to understand that our city’s carrying capacity is not unlimited; growth and use of the city and its’ beaches cannot exceed our infrastructure without degradation of our quality of life and our resources.   

    It is important to improve water quality in Naples Bay and in the neighborhood canals; storm water management, impacted by code enforcement is critical. 

    There is a need for a holistic solution for downtown traffic and parking, which adheres to the goal of minimizing residential neighborhood traffic and parking permits.  We must consider the impact of new transportation modalities such as Uber and Lyft as we develop solutions that will stand the test of time. We should employ smart signage to divert 41 traffic to Goodlette and reduce unnecessary thru traffic. 

    To share your thoughts with us or ask questions you may reach this committee at:   planning@oldnaplesassociation.com

  • Friday, May 11, 2018 1:39 PM | News Desk (Administrator)

    ONA has followed the changing plans for a new hotel on the corner of Third Street and Broad Avenue for the last two years.

    While the Board strongly supports the redevelopment of the failed plaza and the conditional use of a hotel on this site, what is proposed remains too large and requests multiple deviations from the Land Development Code.

    City Council will vote on this application next Wednesday, May 16. The ONA Board has urged them to require the developer to adhere to the requirements of the Land Development Code, as this will produce a hotel that will benefit the neighborhood for years to come.

    We urge you to read the following documents, decide for yourself and communicate your views respectfully to City Council via email at citycouncil@naplesgov.com. City Council often gauges public sentiment based on number and tone of emails.

    Materials for review:

    • ONA letter to City Council dated May 11, 2018 here. (brief summary)
    • ONA letter to PAB dated April 6, 2018 here. (details)
    • ONA letter to DRB dated May 19, 2017 here. (details, somewhat outdated.
    • Letter from Third Street South Area Association to City Council here. (what the merchants on Third Street think.)
    • Hotel application materials here at agenda item 12A. (all the details from the point of view of the developer and City staff.)

    Respectfully, the Board of Directors, Old Naples Association


  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:59 AM | News Desk (Administrator)

    The Old Naples Association held its 40th Annual Meeting on Monday March 19th at the Naples Woman’s Club to a sell-out crowd. We thanked City Manager Bill Moss on the announcement of his retirement for his many years of tireless, honorable and effective service, and welcomed City Councilors Michelle McLeod, Terry Hutchison, Ellen Seigel and Gary Price. We were joined by our fellow neighborhood associations represented by Board members Andy Deane, Port Royal, Linda Black, the Moorings, Jerry Belle from Aqualane Shores, Tammy Kipp from Coquina Sands, and Derek Perry, Lake Park.

    Our keynote speaker was Joseph Centorino, Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, who discussed Naples’ current ethics policy and the proposed Ethics Naples petition drive for an independent Ethics Commission and improved ethics policy for our City. You can review the 45 minute video of his remarks and Q&A session here. Representatives of Ethics Naples were present, and shared that the petition drive is nearing completion, with less than 300 petitions needed to place this issue on the August ballot for voter consideration. More on ethics here; if you haven’t yet signed the petition you can find a copy of it here.

    During the business meeting that followed (video here), members unanimously ratified the revised Bylaws, which may be found here. John Lehmann, ONA President, discussed the strategy to continue to grow ONA in size and influence, and announced an increase in annual dues to $75 effective April 1. Departing Board members Chuck Huffman, Lori Raleigh and Deb Giso were warmly applauded for their years of service. We welcomed new Board members Ned Fryer, Vice President, Vito Favia, Treasurer, and Directors Barb Carlini, Janet Ferry, Mark Gustafson, Julie Hyer, Rachel Keller, Joe Migliara and Walter Stuelpe.

    Vito Favia noted the improved finances of ONA (financials here). Lori Raleigh discussed the importance of the Vision and Comprehensive Plans for the future growth of Naples. Jim Streicher outlined the revived plans for the Neighborhood Committee with a special focus on noise. Tom Lauer closed with a call for further citizen participation in addressing the long term impacts of the airport.

    We closed with a call for volunteers followed by refreshments and conversation. All in all, it was a good night. Please contact ONA at info@oldnaplesassociation.com if you have any questions or would like to volunteer!


  • Tuesday, March 06, 2018 1:20 PM | News Desk (Administrator)

    On Monday March 5, ONA was invited to meet with members of the Watkins family and their representatives as they announced the sale of the Naples Beach Hotel property. We heard potentially very good news, speaking to the civic spirit and generosity displayed by the Watkins towards this City for the last 75 years.

    We learned that the key elements agreed to with the developer for the property include the following:

    • Maintain a hotel function
    • Establish a luxury residential component along the beachfront
    • Keep the beach bar and conference center
    • Maintain the golf course as a private club
    • Community input during the development process

    You can read the Naples Daily News article here for details.

    There are obvious areas for discussion, including the intensity of the residential redevelopment, environmental impacts, traffic patterns and parking. Thankfully, the Watkins family will remain a party to the development plans until approvals are complete.

    If this comes to pass as planned, it will be a very positive outcome for the City and for our neighborhood. Stay tuned!


  • Saturday, January 20, 2018 1:15 PM | News Desk (Administrator)

    The Old Naples Association hosted a full house of members and guests for 90 minutes of discussion by City Council candidates on Thursday evening January 18 at the Naples Woman's Club. 

    Linda Penniman, Terry Hutchison, Gary Price and Mitch Norgart go through their platforms in detail and respond to questions from the audience. The video link on YouTube is here


  • Tuesday, January 09, 2018 12:42 PM | News Desk (Administrator)

    25 members gathered for coffee, socializing and an update and Q&A session at Tony's off Third. Warm sunshine (finally!) and remarks by John Lehmann (President), Tom Lauer (Air Traffic) and Jim Streicher (Neighborhood) made for a pleasant and informative morning.

    See our Upcoming Events list to register for the next Coffee at Tony's on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

    Picture courtesy of Bill Pease!

  • Sunday, December 24, 2017 1:15 PM | News Desk (Administrator)

    The Naples Fire Department now offers the Residential Safety Program, a voluntary way for homeowners to prevent fires. The program offers free in-home fire safety inspections as well as a checklist method to self-identify ways to improve home fire safety.

    To schedule a free inspection, contact the NFD at 239-213-4900 or email them at fire@naplesgov.com. To download the self-inspection checklist, click here.


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