COLLIER COMMISSION BLOG: Naples resident wants West Point Florida license plate

4:25 p.m.

What makes a corner lot?

Four years of Collier County staff and commission time, including several hours on Tuesday afternoon.

An Olde Cypress community feud of four years is back in front of Collier Commissioners, sitting as the county Board of Zoning Appeals.

One portion of the dispute is already pending in the court system.

Commissioners on Tuesday tried to untangle a wet knot of code inconsistencies that exist a case over a home.

The appeal was brought by attorney Clay Brooker, of Cheffy Passidomo, on behalf of the S. Melissa Ross Trust.

The dispute goes back to 2005 when attorney Craig Grider purchased a lot in Olde Cypress, a community developed by Stock Development, which Grider believed was a corner lot.

Neighbors protested.

Grider attempted to fix the problem through lot line adjustment.

Attorney Rich Yovanovich said staff is absolutely correct to fix the error that way.

Grider and Yovanovich work at the same law firm.

Commissioner Tom Henning asked Yovanovich if he didn't have a similar case in Naples.

"The difference here and there was that they caught that when the sidewall block was up. We reached a compromise. This is a tough case. I don't want to be here, but Craig and Amber asked to do this," Yovanovich said.

Commissioner Frank Halas motioned to approve appeal that lot line is inconsistent with land development code.

"This can go until midnight," Halas said.

But the presentation wasn't over. Brooker had questions of staff and Yovanovich. Members of the public wanted to comment.

Olde Cypress resident Dianne Ebert told commissioners that the lot was never meant to be a corner lot.

It appears as if commissioners are favoring Brooker's appeal, but the debate continues.

2:07 p.m.

A planned unit development is an odd concoction and can catch one up. It's a type of zoning for complexes that can incorporate all kinds of conditions. One is about to be disputed.

Doug Smylie wants Collier County to extend sidewalks on Airport-Pulling Road from Timberwood to the World Tennis Center.

Turns out that the original commitments made in 1987 by developers of the World Tennis Center call for such improvements, and they're responsible.

Smylie, commissioners and County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow agreed the language is somewhat ambiguous and needs to be studied.

In the meantime, the Collier County PUD Monitoring Program, a division that holds developers responsible for promises made when given permission to build, says the World Tennis Center is in violation of some of its promises.

The PUD and issue will return for review at a commission meeting at some time in the near future.

From earlier today:

West Point graduate Gregory Boron wants Collier County commissioners to get Florida interested in a license plate paying homage to his alma mater.

While commissioners doubted they could get legislators' attention for this session, they agreed to discuss it.

Florida has many plates for numerous causes, but to have a license plate, the school must be in the state.

Boron said he's spoken to everyone, and has been tuned out.

The Grey Oaks resident is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. His classmate was County Manager Jim Mudd.

There are currently nine West Point societies throughout the state -- Naples has a 200-member club -- and 70 West Pointers from Florida have died in Afghanistan, Boron said.

If the state can get a Boy Scout license plate, why can't West Point get a Florida license plate? New York, New Jersey and Maryland has West Point plates, Boron said.

He said he's just asking that Collier leaders treat West Point as a Florida university in the eyes of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Commissioner Fred Coyle supported the effort.

"At a time when we need leaders who understand what 'duty, honor, country' really mean, I think we need to recognize the graduates of West Point," Coyle said. He said if the commission ground out a resolution, they could probably get state Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, and other elected officials from other counties to support the process.

"Then, we'll see what the state does with it," Coyle said.

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