Commissioners approve resolution to dodge lawsuit over Clam Bay markers

Collier County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a resolution aimed at dodging a lawsuit by a North Naples neighborhood over navigational markers in Clam Bay.

The Seagate Property Owners Association has sued the county in Collier Circuit Court over a 2011 decision to install canoe trail and information markers instead of more formal red-and-green Coast Guard markers.

The resolution rewrites the sentence in a 1988 Clam Bay management plan that Seagate contends requires the navigational markers and replaces the sentence with a requirement that the county install the canoe trail markers.

A county-appointed board that runs a county taxing district in the Pelican Bay neighborhood, which opposes the navigational markers, voted in December to recommend that commissioners approve the resolution. Commission Chairman Fred Coyle, siding with Seagate, cast the sole dissenting vote.

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