On the eve of an important Collier County Commission decision, a panel previews what will happen Tuesday with the landmark lily pond and original gardens. Plus, Naples’ first lady of history comments on enlargement of the Norris Center at Cambier Park.
All of that is on this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program this morning at 10 on ABC7.
Guests are Corey Cabral, zoo-gardens preservationist; David Tetzlaff, zoo director; Steve Carnell, Collier County public services administrator; and Lavern Gaynor, philanthropist-historian.
Video highlights are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.
Here are excerpts:
Lytle: Let’s talk about the Norris Center. There’s a plan before Naples City Council to perhaps expand the Norris Center greatly to accomodate more sophisticated and large-scale theatrical productions. Your family helped the Norris Center years ago become what it is today and we’re eager to hear what your opinions on that are.
Gaynor: There is a word that is often forgotten about the Norris Center — it’s the Norris Community Center, and the original building was given to the city by my parents. It was to be used for everyone, and it was to be a community center. At that time the main room was an all-purpose room that everybody could have ... you could have a dance, or you could have yoga lessons, and anything you want is in there.
The problem with changing it, I think it becomes more for one purpose.