5th Ave S Update
April 14, 2017
There are several items which we wanted to bring to your attention. Andres Duany provided an update of the original urban plan he presented for the Fifth Avenue South Business District in 1994. The web link below gives you access to see his comments. We hope you find the information of interest.
President of the Coquina Sands Association
Fifth Avenue South Business District Plan Update
Dear Presidents’ Council, Members of the City’s Planning Advisory Board, Design Review Board, and other Stakeholders:
A highlight of the week in Naples was a two-day visit by Andres Duany. Mr. Duany authored the 1994 Master Plan that was used for the redevelopment Fifth Avenue South.
Mr. Duany was asked to return to Naples to view progress to date and to offer opinions as to what is good and not so good, from his world-class urban planning and architectural perspective. Specific topics included: building heights, front setbacks, architectural design, lighting, landscaping, parking, traffic, density, mixed-use, residential, retail mix, and how to prepare for the future.
After meeting with the Board of Directors and guests of the Old Naples Association, the Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District, city management and planning staff, and other stakeholders, Mr. Duany presented his findings and recommendations during a public meeting Tuesday evening. The presentation was televised and may be view by video at the link shown below. Those engaged in the public policy process may find presentation to be “thought-provoking”, as described by a well-respected community leader.
Thank you for participating in the governance of Naples.
City of Naples
Golf Shore North Road Closure to Complete Stormwater Repairs
Attached are responses from the city of Naples concerning concern from a city council representative and a Presidents’ Council president about the construction notice being provided at the last minute and the original notice.
We have the greatest respect for your opinion regarding the alleged “short notice” of the GSBN drainage project between S. Golf Drive and Oleander Drive, and we appreciate your willingness to express your concerns. I have another perspective on this project, and I hope you do not mind that I share with you and those who are copied.
The reaction as to the attached public notice has been interesting. Comments have varied from: “glad to know this project is finally underway”; an opportunity for cyclists to use other routes in the city”; and “this is terribly late for a total shut-down”. The project has been discussed and planned for a long time; citizens have urged City Council to make improvements to this area; and the project has the full support of City Council.
People I know will not write in their calendars when a road will be shut down. A well-advanced notice will be disregarded until one attempts to use the route. Then motorist, pedestrians, and cyclists will then adjust. It does not take a lot of advanced planning to avoid a street closure. A short notice tells me I need to make immediate adjustments, and I assume others will react the same way.
This closure will have the greatest impact on residents in your area. Regular cyclists are also impacted, but their interest is rapid, safe movement. All will find alternate routes. These two constituencies will also enjoy the greatest benefits from this project. Most residents of Naples will not be inconvenienced at all.
Those who regularly used Central, 10th Street, and 8th Street were inconvenienced by the re-build of Central Avenue. People were disrupted by the installation of new water lines in Royal Harbor over two years. These projects likely had minimum impact to residents in your area. Multiple reclaimed water line projects over three years impacted Park Shore, the Moorings, and Coquina Sands. All persevered and now enjoy the benefits of new infrastructure.
Disruptions for public works projects are never appreciated, but most are pleased with the result. The strategy for the timing of this project is intended to finish the project quickly in order to reduce the period of inconvenience. We believe that strategy will ultimately be appreciated by those who are inconvenienced.
This is not a catastrophic event. In my view, good leaders keep their perspective on adversity and recognize the positive results that can be achieved through temporary inconveniences. Your city is proud to regularly replace aging infrastructure while improving its multi-modal transportation network. We are also sensitive as to the need to provide advanced notice to residents who may be impacted by public works projects, and I believe our record of public outreach far exceeds most communities.
We are proud of the working relationship and partnership we have developed with Naples homeowner associations. Thank you, again, for your willingness to express opinions. Be assured that we listen, evaluate, learn, adjust, and then try not to repeat mistakes.
City of Naples
From: Gregg Strakaluse
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2017 11:49 AM
To: Doug Stewart <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Bill Moss <email@example.com>; Andrew Holland <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Brad Hefner <BHefner@naplesgov.com>
Subject: RE: GSBN Shut Down
Please understand that this stormwater project must take advantage of the dry season in order to avoid substantial construction difficulties and delay. Furthermore, we were limited in our construction window because of seasonal traffic and activities at the hotels. Our efforts to personally reach out to individual property owners and businesses thus far have been met with much understanding, particularly since the construction disruption will be reduced significantly from 3-months to 4 weeks. The contractor has dedicated three crews to this project in an aggressive effort to complete the job in as little time as possible. My staff and I will continue working with the Contractor to inform and assist motorists, pedestrians and bicyclist during this construction project. We’ll also continue to work with the hotels and condominium managers.
Please be advised that the resurfacing activities on Gulf Shore Blvd North (Central Ave – Mooring Line Drive Bridge) planned for this August/September will require the temporary closure of lanes and create detour routes around the construction site. The paving contractor will be required to maintain access to properties; however drivers may experience delays. We’ll get message boards up informing motorists a week in advance.
Gregg Strakaluse, P.E.
Director-Streets & Stromwater Dept.
City of Naples, FL
Dear Homeowner Association Presidents & Residents,
Beginning on Monday 4/17/17, the City of Naples will be working with DN Higgins, Inc (construction contractor) to replace old deteriorated stormwater pipes under Gulf Shore Blvd. Because some of these pipes cross under Gulf Shore Blvd across the full length of the road and sidewalk, the contractor will need to completely shut the road down and install dewatering equipment which will prevent access for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Hotel guests, employees and service vehicles will be utilizing the private drives and parking lots on the east side of Gulf Shore Blvd until the road is re-opened.
The detours will be set up at Banyan for southbound traffic and at 7th Avenue N for northbound traffic. Access around those signs will be limited to property owners and visitors of the Naples Beach Hotel. We have communicated and coordinated with many stakeholders that rely on this road segment including The Naples Beach Hotel, Edgewater Hotel, Police & Fire, Solid Waste, Naples Trolley, Collier County Schools, Collier Area Transit (for the ParaTransit vehicle) and the fitness (biking, running) community. I’ve encouraged the groups representing the biking, walking and running community to avoid the area all together or plan on using Orchid Dr and 7th Avenue S to get to 10th Street to travelling on 9th Street.
As stated previously, the work will be starting on Monday April 17th and will last 2-4 weeks. I’ve attached the construction notice that has been distributed to various stakeholders and I would encourage you to distribute to your membership as well
Thank you very much for your assistance and cooperation on this very important stormwater improvement project.
Questions and concerns can be routed to the Streets & Stormwater Department.
Thank you very much.
Andy Holland, P.E.
Engineering Manager - Streets & Stormwater Department
City of Naples, Florida
295 Riverside Circle
Naples, FL 34102
Phone: (239) 213-5001
Fax: (239) 213-5010
Sent on behalf of Bill Lutz