Naples City Council: Interviews held for airport commission

Airport noise and the 75,000-pound weight limit for aircraft were among the top concerns discussed by four candidates hoping for a spot on the Naples Airport Authority board.

Naples City Council interviewed each candidate during its Monday workshop, looking to replace Commissioner Bobby Sullivan whose term ends this year.

Candidates for the four-year term were: former councilman John Nocera; private pilot and lawyer Ray Bass; businessman and Royal Palm Country Club member Richard Evans; and Aqualane Shores Association member and former president Sharon Kenny.

Candidates answered questions about whether they would reevaluate the 75,000-pound weight limit in favor of commercial service, how to best communicate airport happenings with the public and how they view their role as an autonomous airport authority member appointed by council.

Both Bass and Evans said they were willing to reevaluate the weight limit. Kenny and Nocera said they supported the weight limitation as it stands because it keeps loud aircraft out of the city.

All agreed noise is one of the most common complaints they've heard from residents when it comes to the airport.

Council will appoint a board member at its Wednesday meeting.

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Aging signs and lackluster landscaping prompted a one-year design of new streetscaping for the Park Shore neighborhood, which lines the coast west of Gulf Shore Boulevard up into Venetian Village.

Park Shore Association President Ellen Seigel presented a plan for improved entrances, signage and sculptures at eight entrances to the neighborhood as well as two major intersections.

She proposed a special taxing district to pay for the $2.1 million project over the course of four years. Council voted to allow the association to draft an ordinance for the district to be presented at a future meeting.

Miami-based landscape architect Bruce Howard & Associates worked with the association to design the entrances. Howard designed aspects of the Mercato shopping plaza and Treviso Bay, a community south of Naples, among other local projects.

City Manager Bill Moss said the city would be asked to front the money for a $10,000 mail ballot election to gauge interest in the district. If formed, the district would reimburse the city for the cost of the election.

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