Around Town: Stock Development agrees to reroute construction traffic

DONNA FIALA

You’ve all read how well Lely Resort has been doing, even through this recession, but if you ask me, it is because they listen to their residents and really care about what they have to say!

For instance, Harvey Pepper, of Margate in Lely Resort, recently wrote this and submitted it to me:

Stock Development responds to its residents lifestyle!

It is no surprise that Lely Resort is, and will continue to be, one of Naples fastest growing communities! Stock Development, the Lely Resort developer, has responded at great expense to the request of its residents!

It is remarkable that in this tough real estate economy any developer would go out of their way or spend any additional money, merely on the concerns of its residents, and because of that, they deserve the kind of success that Stock Development has created. Lely Resort had started construction on its newest community, La Koya. A substantial increase in construction traffic had been created on one of its main residential streets, Grand Lely Drive. A few residents had real concerns about the impacts that noise, dirt and numerous other issues would have on the community.

Brian Stock, president of Stock Development, was contacted as were the necessary people to reroute the construction traffic.

Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner and Nick Casalanguida, deputy administrator for planning and regulation, became advocates for the requests of Lely Resort residents. The county made it possible to reroute the traffic to other commercial streets. Brian Stock was guided through the hoops at lesser expense to make these changes! It again is no surprise that Stock Development stepped up to the plate to respond to its residents. Now that’s community! Thank you Brian, Stock Development and Collier County.

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• Mark your calendars: An exciting event is coming our way — the Bayshore Festival of the Arts. Presented by the Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts, Inc. (CAPA) and the Bayshore CRA, with a special appearance by the United States Air Force Reserve Band, Jan. 29 and 30 at Sugden Regional Park. Admission is Free! Each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., different performers will entertain you, including the Naples Concert Band, Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus, Naples Daily News Jazz Band, Frank Corso’s Spoonful, Frontline Bluegrass, Monroe Station, Stu Shelton Trio, Rebecca Richardson, The Trio!, Bob Zottola’s Expandable Jazz Band, West of Galway, Conjunto Kafe, Golden Gate Middle School Jazz Band, Lely High School Jazz Band, Seacrest High School Chorus, and Opera Naples Young Artists.

The festival will also feature award winning local visual artists in an art show coordinated by Gabrielle Nappo, plus food and beverage booths, children’s activities and more. It promises to be two full days of fun and free cultural enrichment for everyone!

• Word has it that activity is beginning to stir on the Sabal Bay property. This long awaited and much anticipated community will be processing minor amendments to its permits over the next year or so, with actual construction possibly starting in two or three years. Lots of people have been waiting to hear that news, and it’s all good! But that’s all I’m telling you now.

• The South County Regional Water Treatment Plant tour was just wonderful and we learned so much! Many communities were highlighted through Barry Klein (Naples Heritage), Clarence Newhouse (Royal Palm Golf Estates), Ann Thiel and Richard Williams (Crown Pointe), Nora and Hal Ousley (Lely Resort), Linda Shew (Royal Wood Country Club), Margie Stirling (Lely Golf Estates), and Jeff Macasevich from Lakewood.

Paul Mattausch, the director of the Water Department, gave us a personal tour along with Howard Brogdon, Randy Lewis and Steve Messner. Everyone went away saying how impressed they were with the immaculate, well-run plant, and exclaimed over all they learned that day.

The next tour dates are: Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. — North wastewater plant; Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon — Marco recycling center and the County landfill (learn about the new waste-to-energy plant being built); and March 1 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Emergency Operations Center and South Regional Library (this one is filling up very fast, so we might just have to split the crowd in two or plan a second date). Also being planned is a trip to the jail...on a tour, that is.

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