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!