Bonita Springs picked the right guy to be mayor, again.
While the redevelopment of the Shangri-La resort/spa is important to set the tone for the future of downtown, it is going to take cool, calm leadership to bring the moving parts together.
Shangri-La owns property on both sides of a few streets and wants to bring everything together for development, and there is initial pushback for philosophical as well as legitimate traffic-flow reasons.
It is going to be up to Nelson to get past that and show the public the limited amount of street capacity actually in play, and it is going to be up to the landmark Shangri-La to show the public why the move is necessary. Show us the drawings.
In a guided tour of the neighborhood, Nelson shows you how parts of roads have been developed in the past, so there is some precedent.
There is also this reminder from Naples: Sugden Community Theatre stands on a former street in the heart of downtown. That, despite initial alarm over such a giveaway, has worked out pretty nicely.n n nIt is a scene that only a few years ago was routine.
Now it is remarkable.
The Riverstone subdivision taking shape off Immokalee Road east of Interstate 75 has all the elements — earth movers, bared earth, new lakes, model homes — of the old days. Riverstone, at 286 acres approved for 850 homes, is not just a small blip on the Southwest Florida radar screen.
Last Sunday at noontime the parking lot of the model center was packed.n n nCollier County Commissioner Donna Fiala in the week was beaming about the good news on U.S. 41 East.
She says the developer of Treviso Bay is coming forward to pay for a traffic light at a fatally dangerous spot, where residents of Whistler's Cove apartments take chances crossing the wide, busy street.
Best-case scenario: The light could be up by June, she says.n n nNotice how skilled our community has gotten all of a sudden at protesting?
Protesting political candidates, visiting governors, supermarkets ...n n nBe wary of landscape plants for sale at farmers markets.
Check for root balls before you buy.
Bargains might be just pieces of plants stuck into pots. Those have little chance of survival when you get them home.n n nYou have to love the name of the first-ever dorms at the Edison State College campus in Fort Myers — LightHouse Commons.n n nLicense plate on a Toyota Prius hybrid — OIL RX.n n nThe Naples Philharmonic reports the weeklong run of "Les Miserables" set all-time box-office records, with every show sold out.n n nNext time you go to the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, check the parking lot on the south side by the beach.
Three of the old horizontal public parking spaces have been displaced by a driveway for the new mega-house next door.
But City Hall is ready for questions about where those precious spaces went.
They were recaptured by simply redrawing the lines and parking spaces vertically.
No harm, no foul, the city says.n n nJust suppose ... If "Mayor Bill" Barnett were to be named vice mayor when Naples City Council reorganizes, what would we call him?
Vice Mayor Mayor Bill?n n nU.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV, R-Fort Myers, is going back to his roots for a campaign gimmick.
You could even call it a signature campaign gimmick.
He is autographing baseballs at campaign stops and has added a baseball to his logo, to help bolster his name recognition.
Running for U.S. Senate, a statewide office, is a whole different challenge from running in a compact U.S. House district comprised of parts of Collier and Lee counties — as his dad successfully proved previously.n n nDid anyone else notice the multigenerational political dynamics on display when Mack and his father campaigned for Mitt Romney, whose father was a governor, carmaker and U.S. Cabinet member, and Jeb Bush Jr.?n n nTalking about generations, I am looking for local businesses that are into their third generation of family ownership/management.
There are two obvious ones — the Wynns of Sunshine Ace fame and the Barron Collier Cos.
Lytle is editorial page editor of the Daily News. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Call him at 263-4773.