Collier County and Local News for November 2020

Collier County and Local News for November 2020

Top stories in this post: County Manager, Assistant County Manager to pursue new opportunities. City Council appoints independent Ethics Commission. County Commissioners approve changes to rural lands growth plan. Major development project updates (One Naples, Metropolitan Naples, the Paradise Coast Sports Complex, Rivergrass Village, Golden Gate Golf Course property).

Local Coronavirus Update

Collier County

Collier County Government Admin Building

City of Naples

Naples City Hall

Collier County Public Schools

Business & Economy

Board of County Commissioners

Rural Lands Growth Plan (RLSA)

By a 4-1 vote with Commissioner Penny Taylor opposed, the Board of County Commissioners approved controversial changes regarding developing in the Rural Lands Stewardship Area, which spans 185,000 acres in Collier’s largely untouched interior.


Staff actions not yet before the Commission

End of an era

Donna Fiala
Donna Fiala


County projects are funded with taxpayer dollars. Others are private projects that need the county to grant significant zoning or land use variances. All will affect our quality of life in Collier County.

County Projects

Beach Renourishment — A project to raise and widen the beach from Doctors Pass to Lowdermilk Park is happening Mondays through Saturdays from sunrise to sunset and is expected to be completed in early December.

Golden Gate Golf Course Property — Commissioners last year bought a 167-acre golf course at the intersection of Collier Boulevard and Golden Gate Parkway for $29 million. While a specific use for the property was not decided at the time of purchase, uses discussed include for affordable housing, a future veterans’ nursing home and a golf course and entertainment venue. Last month, the vendor who was to build such a venue backed out, and now:

Paradise Coast Sports Complex — County land near Collier Boulevard and Interstate 75 is the site of a new sports and entertainment complex intended to be, not just a $100 million driver of economic tourism, but a place residents can use. There will be a total of 20 soccer, baseball and softball fields, a 6,000-person championship stadium, a bar and food truck area, and an outdoor workout facility focusing on functional fitness (think CrossFit), available for a monthly membership.

Private Projects

One Naples — Stock Development’s proposal to build a large condominium and retail complex on a prime piece of waterfront property in North Naples has faced well-organized community opposition for years. After a total of 20 hours of meetings, the Planning Commission could not agree on whether to recommend approval of the requested zoning changes. County commissioners could vote on the project by the end of the year.

Metropolitan Naples — The long-anticipated mixed-use, high-rise development to be built by local developers Jerry Starkey and Fred Pezeshkan features a mix of housing, retail and entertainment. The “triangle property” is seen as a key to stimulating redevelopment in the larger area along U.S. 41, east of Fifth Avenue South. The purchase price for the county land was $6.4 million.

Rivergrass Village — In January, commissioners approved the 1,000-acre village along Oil Well Road, east of Golden Gate Estates to be developed by Collier Enterprises. In March, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida sued the county over the approval, contending that the project is inconsistent with the county’s growth management plan. Now, Collier Enterprises, which joined the county’s side in the lawsuit, has filed a pair of motions asking the court to dismiss the case. The “virtual” hearings before Collier Circuit Judge Lauren Brodie are set for December.

City of Naples

City of Marco Island

  • Changes coming to Planning Board. Member Joseph Rola will be assuming a seat on city council, and several new appointments could be made when new councilors choose their appointments to this important body. Coastal Breeze News, 11/12/20
  • Finalists chosen to fill council vacancy. Former councilor Victor Rios chose to resign after the closing of the filing period for the November election, so the seat will be filled by a vote of the council. Three finalists will be interviewed by each councilor separately, and brought forward at the December 7 meeting. Coastal Breeze News, 11/23/20
  • Marco Island to hold Dec. 12 Town Hall meeting on Comprehensive Plan update project. There will be an active discussion on transportation, parks/recreation, and future land use to meet the needs of the community. City of Marco Island email, 11/23/20
  • 2021 legislative priorities discussed. At a special City Council meeting, councilors had advice from their longtime lobbyist about the upcoming state legislative session. Coastal Breeze News, 11/25/20

Collier County Public Schools

Other Local Bodies

Local news reported in this post is by:
Jake Allen, Adam Fisher, Brent Batten, Brittany Carloni, Rachel Fradette, Liz Freeman, Laura Layden, Omar Rodriguez Ortiz and Patrick Riley (USA Today Network – Florida: Naples Daily News, News-Press, Marco Eagle); Steve Stefanides and Scott H. Shook (Coastal Breeze News); Erin O’Brien (ABC 7); Marissa Schultz (FOX News); Jennifer Kveglis and Christy Soto (NBC2 News); and Rachel Cox-Rosen and Gina Tomlinson (WINK News)

Parts of Collier County are represented in the U.S. Congress by Congressman Francis Rooney (District 19) and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (District 25). Find Your U.S. Representative

From Southwest Florida’s outgoing U.S. Congressman:

And from his successor:

That’s it for County and local government news for November!

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