Jeff Lytle: A major medical project is taking shape in North Naples.

A major medical project is taking shape in North Naples.

But what is it?

Blake Gable of Barron Collier Companies says only that the complex will be on the last big piece of suitable urban Collier land, 20-plus acres, at the southeast corner of Immokalee and Goodlette-Frank roads.

That intersection area already is loaded with medical enterprises, such as the North Naples campus of NCH Healthcare System, a branch of Lee Memorial's Children's Hospital, the non-profit Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, Arthrex, Wolford College for nurse anesthesia and doctors' offices.

A published notice for a public hearing spotlights that corner and most of the Creekside Commerce Park, home of the Daily News, to the west as the affected property, but Gable says all eyes belong on the corner.

He says the land — which had been eyed by one of the two proposed extended-care hospitals rejected by state planners — was originally zoned more than a decade ago and now needs the potential for building heights to match the neighboring Daily News and hospital.

Gable says he cannot announce potential partners in the joint venture, which could include medical care sharp enough to attract patients from elsewhere, medical research or both.

He does say the impact would be lare enough to be felt throughout the medical community.

My quick check of some leaders in the industry failed to turn up any further information.

Though this is not as simple and straightforward "as building a strip mall,'' Gable says, construction could begin within a year.

The public might get more clues at the first step in the rezoning process, an informal "neighborhood meeting'' hosted by engineers and lawyers, on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hampton Inn at Interstate 75 and Immokalee Road by Hodges University.

An ad in the Daily News says the zoning change seeks permission for assisted- and independent-living units, skilled nursing units, continuing-care retirement communities and hotel/motel units — all less intense than "many of the commercial and industrial land uses currently permitted'' in the commerce park.

So there you go. Good news.

It pays to read those legal ads.

And Gable says he has more good news to come nearby at his company's Granada Shoppes center, which has added Trader Joe's and still has tons of vacant space. He says a successor anchor to the huge Expo Design Center is imminent.

"The economy definitely has changed,'' he says, and Naples is still the place to do business.

* * *Meanwhile, Diaz-Balart, who now serves a different House district, showed us his electronic access card that lets him vote on the House floor.

He explains why the GOP fell from grace a decade ago: "Republicans were fat, happy and arrogant.''One of his challengers, Joe Schmitt, a former Collier County government administrator, says he wants on the board to effect consolidation "and basically eliminate my position.''

Jim Roach, the Cape Coral Democrat running for U.S. House District 19, carries a bound copy of the Affordable Health Care Act and a list of myths about it now numbering 21. The binder says, "You can't repeal this if you haven't read it.''

He says, "The worst part is that we didn't do this 30 years ago.''

Roy Hyman of Bonita Springs, the Atlantic City native who now campaigns against slot machines as "the crack cociane of gambling,'' says vote "no'' on the Lee County referendum on slots at the Bonita Springs dog track. "Just think of the places that money would go,'' he says, "if it were not going into those machines.''

Marilyn Stout, seeking re-election to the Lee Memorial Hospital board, says the Mayo Clinic partnership with NCH Healthcare System is "scary'': "More of our paying clientele will be movng south.''

And so it goes.

You never know what's next.

More to come as the election gets closer.

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