LIVE BLOG: Boating speeds and Four Corners on Naples City agenda

Construction to add crosswalks to the Four Corners intersection at the top of Fifth Avenue South should be completed by the summer of 2013, once the project is permitted through the Florida Department of Transportation.

Construction was originally scheduled to begin once permitting for the $200,000 project was final this fall and finish by May.

But staff will recommend to Naples City Council today to delay construction until after season.

More than 45,000 vehicles pass through the intersection in January at the height of season, according to city records.

The project will add a pedestrian crossing from the north to the south side of U.S. 41. Last year, council considered rerouting 2.3 miles of the state highway down Goodlette-Frank Road

Boat speeds

Council will meet in a closed-door session at 11:45 a.m. to discuss an appeal of a judge's order earlier this summer that threw out slow-speed zones on Naples Bay after two charter boat captains challenged speeding tickets.

Naples Mayor John Sorey authorized the appeal while the City Council was on its summer break, but the entire council has yet to discuss the move. Speed zone opponents are urging the city to give up the fight over the zones.

Architect's apartment

Council will hear a continued item from its last meeting and decide whether to allow a downtown architect to add an apartment to her existing gallery and office space.

Andrea Clark Brown's proposal for a 640-square-foot apartment to be added to her studio at 340 Eighth St. S. was shot down by the Planning Advisory Board at its April 11 meeting. Board members did not see why an exception for residential use in a commercial district should be permitted for a single property owner.

Dance studio

Council will consider allowing a new dance studio to operate in a downtown plaza.

The Tamiami Center plaza on Ninth Street North allows for schools and cultural facilities to operate with permission from council, but not specifically dance studios.

The Planning Advisory Board unanimously recommended approval for the use at its July 11 meeting.

— Reporter Eric Staats contributed to this report

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