Editorial: Naples name game

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Naples City Council member Gary Price floats a trial balloon: why not change the name of the city to Naples on the Gulf?

The words "on the gulf" are already on the city seal or logo and Price says making the change/addition permanent would mean exerting more control over the city’s destiny.

It is a surprising suggestion, especially coming from Price, who usually is a defender of Naples’ traditions and what is left of Old Naples’ ambience. Then again, as one of the leaders of the effort to bring the Chiacgo Cubs to our area for spring training, he thinks big.

Our initial reaction is to dismiss the idea as the sort of distraction that tends to arrive with the dog days of summer or the silly season of politics which now is in full swing.

But no.

We traditionally encourage public officials to think outside the box — and we constantly call on them to do so in the fullest possible sunshine of open government and open discussion.

Price is doing both. His is a bold idea and was aired at a full-fledged meeting of Naples City Council.

It is the same route that the city of Bonita Springs chose to air out proposed changes to its city logo. After a year that exercise in democracy remains a work in progress. What images should be featured? What slogan should be used?

We think we know what the public reception will be to Price’s brainstorming: Sometimes we ought to leave well enough alone. "Naples’’ is OK.

But we could be surprised.

At least we will be able to watch the conversation unfold and take part in it, and not be surprised by a plan worked out behind the scenes and brought forward for public comment only after it is a done deal.

Our community can handle the name game, and even enjoy it.

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