Naples board approves delay in Grey Oaks completion

Submitted 
 The newly released Doral villa floor plan in Traditions at Grey Oaks, shown in this artist's rendering, offers 3,101 square feet under air and is base-priced at $785,000.

Submitted The newly released Doral villa floor plan in Traditions at Grey Oaks, shown in this artist's rendering, offers 3,101 square feet under air and is base-priced at $785,000.

Grey Oaks is a residential and commercial community on more than 1,600 acres beginning at Golden Gate Parkway and Airport-Pulling Road. The city’s parcel is at the northwest quadrant of the intersection and includes about 354 acres.

Problems with the economy postponed construction of the thousands of residential units, hundreds of hotel rooms and dozens of golf course holes.

Because of the project’s scope, developers had to give a notice of proposed changed to the city’s Planning Advisory Board at its Wednesday meeting.

The owners plan to have the community finished by 2018. The new date was unanimously approved by the board.

City Council will take a final vote on the extension at its June 5 meeting. The extension will allow developers to construct more residential units on the property.

Hertz sign denied

A Naples Hertz location was denied a larger sign during a variance petition hearing at the meeting.

Construction contractors for the Hertz car rental shop at 850 Seagate Dr. asked for a sign 14 square feet larger than the 60 square feet allowed by code.

The Hertz logo includes black text on a yellow background. The contractors were asking for a 74-square-foot sign that only included the black “Hertz” name and planned to paint the wall behind the sign yellow.

But the city has a long-standing policy against corporate design schemes, in keeping with Naples’ small-town feel.

The board voted against the petition. A final vote will take place before City Council June 5.

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