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.
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,
President Elect, Old Naples Association