The following letter was submitted to the commission on November, 19, 2014
A healthy business community is the cornerstone of any thriving economy. Unfortunately, Collier County has not always been seen as business-friendly. The East Naples Civic Association Board of Directors is concerned about the previously unenforced sign waving ban and would urge the county commission to implement a moratorium on the ban until a proper assessment can be made.
Small businesses are vital to our community. In the United States, small businesses make up 99.7% of all employers, employ roughly 50% of all private sector employees and are responsible for 75% of net new jobs in our economy. Our small businesses’ ability to utilize this cost-effective form of marketing helps our local economy in two ways: it helps our small business community keep their doors open and creates additional private sector jobs.
While we understand local rules have not technically allowed for sign holders, Collier County has not enforced this ordinance for years. Since the county is in the process of reviewing the ordinance, it would seem reasonable to allow these businesses to continue what has appeared to be an ordinary marketing practice in Collier County.
In the depths of the recent recession, when businesses were struggling to survive and looking more than ever for economical ways for promotion, it never appeared that the county was inundated with sign wavers. During a meeting held on September 9, 2014 Commissioner Tim Nance stated that he did not believe sign wavers are a blight on the community and that if they were, there would have been many more sign wavers during the recession than there was. We agree with Commissioner Nance.
There is no reason to fix a problem that may not exist.
We urge the County Commission to impose a six month moratorium on the sign waver ban while the county completes its overall review of the impact of sign holders, landscaping and signage policies.
Collier County is seeking input in regards to potential improvement to the CAT Bus Shelters.
Click here to download the survey. Be patient, it is a big file and takes a minute ti download.
After completing, please mail ASAP (they need them back by March 14) to Collier County Alternative Transportation Modes, 3299 E. Tamiami Trail, Suite 104, Naples, FL 34112. Or you can scan and email to Spencer Smith at [email protected]
Collier County is seeking input in regards to potential improvements to the CAT Bus Shelters.
Click here to download the survey. Be patient, it is a big file and takes a minute to download.
After completing, please mail ASAP (they need them back by March 14!) to Collier County Alternative Transportation Modes, 3299 E. Tamiami Trail, Suite 103, Naples, FL 34112. Or you can scan and email to Spencer Smith at mailto:[email protected]?subject=Bus%20Survey.
by Ted Beisler, ENCA Board Member
As a 40-year resident of Florida and a 15-year resident of Collier County, I must say that I love living in Naples.
My love is for the people, beaches, arts, park systems, attractions, the lifestyle and the overall appearance of this beautiful place we call home.
As a member of the East Naples Civic Association board, I recently accepted a project to look into our beautiful roads and how to improve them.
The roads and their beautiful landscape are another reason I love Naples.
Members of the East Naples Civic Association board had noticed that some roads, particularly Grand Lely Drive, were in need of repair.
Chief Scott Salley (Rt.) was named the 2014 East Naples Civic Association’s (ENCA) Citizen of the Year. Salley was honored during the ENCA’s annual banquet, held January 20tg at Naples Lakes Country Club.
Salley retired from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 after 23 years with the Sheriff's Office, serving as head of the county's jails from 2004 until his retirement. He served on the Sheriff's Advisory Reintegration Board, a coalition of community stakeholders that meets to discuss how to better reintroduce inmates to society and has been heavily involved in drug abuse prevention, serving on the board of Drug Free Collier as the group's past president. Additionally, Salley is heavily works with the Collier County 100 Club, which works to assist first responders and their families, and the Collier County Junior Deputies League.
A graduate of Leadership Collier, Salley’s most recent endeavor is his own company, Scott Salley, LLC, where he works to help young people, ages 14 to 23, to develop obtainable career paths and life plans.
Salley was honored as the 2014 ENCA Citizen of the Year for his exemplary long-time work with Collier County’s youth. Throughout the years, Salley has been responsible for guiding many young people and keeping them on the right path for success.
“He is a role model and mentor for so many. East Naples and Collier County as a whole is eternally grateful for the many lives he has touched and, in instances, saved. We are very fortunate to have Chief Salley as a stalwart member of our community,” stated Marci Seamples, president of the East Naples Civic Association.