Naples City Council Blog: Council approves water taxi at City Dock

11:50 a.m.: A new taxi company is in town.

But don't think you'll be able to hail it on Fifth Avenue South.

Naples City Council this afternoon approved a request to allow the Blue Pelican, a water shuttle, to operate out of the Naples City Dock.

The Blue Pelican will call Naples City Dock home. From there the boat will cruise to the Naples Bay Resort and Bayfront Inn.

The last stop — before the shuttle heads back to the City Dock — is the Boathouse Restaurant, a historical landmark.

11:45 a.m.: Sweet Liberty can now call the City Dock home.

Naples City Council approved a request to allow the Sweet Liberty to permanently operate out of the City Dock, even though its carrying capacity is significantly larger than the capacity allowed in the city code.

Sweet Liberty has a capacity of 49 passengers, according to a report Roger Jacobsen, the city's code and harbor manager.

City code allows restricted charter boats to have eight passengers. Unrestricted charter boats are limited by capacity by the Coast Guard certificate of inspection in conjunction with location and parking requirements.

The company received the certificate of inspection, and an earlier action by Naples City Council opened up more parking at the City Dock for the boat.

The Sweet Liberty has been temporarily operating from the City Dock under a permanent displacement designation.

11:34 a.m.: A new fee structure at the Naples City Docks could mean new fees for dock tenants.

But tenants shouldn't expect to see an increase, or decrease, anytime soon. Code and Harbor Manager Roger Jacobsen said the city has no intention of changing the current fees.

Naples residents currently pay $11 per foot a month, while non-residents pay $13 per foot per month.

The new fee structure would allow the city to change the fees based on a number of factors, including the economy, as long as it falls in a predetermined range. That range – $8 to $16 per foot – would be the same for both residents and nonresidents.

Differential rates would still be applied, however, if tenants rates are changed.

There's no change to commercial rates, but charter boats will now have to pay an additional $50 a month , instead of $100 a month. The $500 application review fee has been removed from the fee structure.

11 a.m.: Naples City Council this morning approved a $320,000 contract for a new HVAC system at the city's utilities administration and operations building.

The city has had issues with the air conditioning system since it was first installed in December 1998. The system was originally engineered to use reclaimed water as a primary source for cooling.

The building is one of three buildings on Riverside Circle to be undergoing changes to its heating and cooling system.

9:45 a.m.: More music is coming to Fifth Avenue South.

Naples City Council this morning approved a live entertainment permit for The Jolly Cricket, a new restaurant and pub on Fifth Avenue South.

The restaurant, 720 Fifth Ave. S., will, will be allowed to have a maximum of four musicians performing inside the restaurant from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The permit allows the restaurant to keep the front doors open during performances.

The Jolly Cricket is scheduled to open for business 4 p.m., Oct. 28.

9:30 a.m.: Get ready to rock.

Naples City Council this morning voted 5-2 to allow the Garden of Hope and Courage to hold the Naples Music Festival on Third Street South.

Councilwoman Dee Sulick and Councilman Bill Willkomm cast the dissenting votes.

The concert is scheduled for 4 p.m., March 21. The 2010 event will be the fourth Naples Music Festival fundraiser. The event occurs every two years, with the last one occurring in March 2008.

The event will consist of two performance stages, one on Third Street South and Broad Avenue South and a second at Third Street South and 13th Avenue South. The stages will face each other.

This event is not free to the public. The event requires individuals to purchase VIP tickets, $350 a person, or general admission tickets, $40, in order to access the event.

The event is scheduled to go until 10 p.m.

9:10 a.m.: One of the oldest shows is back.

Naples City Council this morning approved the annual Naples National Art Festival at Cambier Park. The annual event will be held on February 20 and 21.

The event means Eighth Street South from Eighth Avenue South to the alley will be closed.

The Naples National Art Festival is a fine art and craft show that boasts 192 booths on Eight Street South from Eight Avenue South. Five entertainment groups are scheduled to perform each day at the Cambier Park band shell from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Parking will be available at the city's two parking garages and parking lots in the area. Event organizers do ask for a donation for the event.

The city anticipates about 20,000 people will attend the event during the weekend.

9:10 a.m.: Pull out your pom-poms.

Naples City Council this morning approved the annual Naples High School homecoming parade. The parade is scheduled for 4 p.m., Nov. 13. The annual event requires street closures.

The parade begins at Third Street South and Broad Avenue South. It will then travel to Fifth Avenue South, where it will go up the street to Eighth Street South. The event means Fifth Avenue South, and its supporting streets, will be closed during the parade.

The parade is expected to take 15 minutes, and officials project about 200 people will be in attendance.

8:30 a.m.: Naples Mayor Bill Barnett declares Nov. 9 World Orphans Day in the city of Naples. The proclamation is one of two announcements this morning. City Manager Bill Moss will also be giving out the employee service awards. These awards honor employees who have been with the city for several years.

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