GARAGE BEING PROPOSED AT 4TH AND 4TH
August 8, 2017
This Community Update is being sent to all Coquina Sands Association members. Attached is a letter from Naples City Council member Doug Finley concerning building a parking garage at 4th Avenue South and 4th Street. Simply stated, he opposes the garage because he does not believe there is a parking problem at this location and that the expense to build the project would preclude more beneficial future projects. He is concerned that the structure will be used primarily by County (not City) residents to access the beach. As Coquina Sands residents, we need to be concerned about the increased traffic that would pass through our neighborhood by people avoiding the congestion on the East side of Fifth Avenue to get to the garage. The Coquina Sands Board voted to pass this information along to Association members based on our concern about the issue. If you agree with Doug’s comments, please visit the web site for the coalition opposing the garage at www.44garage.com and sign the petition today. There are already in excess of 1000 signatures from concerned citizens. Your vote is needed prior to the upcoming Community Rehabilitation Association meeting on Tuesday, August 15th and the final vote by the Naples City Council on Wednesday, August 16th. The meetings start at 8:30 am on each day. We would also welcome your attendance at the meetings to help show opposition to the project. Thank you for considering supporting the coalition opposing the garage. Best regards,
Bill Lutz, President
Coquina Sands Association
A letter from Council member Doug Finlay
Short story: Doug Finlay sent the Garage Coalition a lengthy email regarding the proposed 4th and 4th garage project. We thought you’d like to read it.
The letter: Thanks for your e-mail commenting on the possible purchase of the 4th and 4th parking lot with an intent the city build a parking garage.
This matter has generated a considerable amount of controversy over the past few months. Since I frequent 5th Avenue often (by car), from a purely personal standpoint, more parking, if not an excess of parking, would serve me better. However, council members must also set aside their personal desires and take into consideration more broadly based issues including but not limited to the terms of the purchase agreement. Therefore, I offer below my concerns on the purchase agreement and construction of a dedicated garage.
I do want to state I have always felt the first two parking garages were worthy, both in need and investment--one being next to the Sugden Theater and the other near Cambier Park. Both garages were built on land available to the city. Also, as a member of City Council I voted to purchase the Women's Club parking lot to increase the public's supply of 5th Avenue parking. However, the 4th and 4th lot and garage is different and does not secure from me an equivalent level of support.