“Those of you who have lived in Naples for at least 20 years may remember the current Docks on Fifth site between the two Gordon River bridges as the Temple Grove Gas Station and the Mason Jar Restaurant.” So says a press release from David Corban, president of Gregg Development, outlining efforts to get environmental permits for the marina, to make sure “the ghosts of the past don’t haunt the plans for the future. ... The ghosts would be potential low-level contamination left after the removal of underground gasoline and diesel fuel tanks.” The Docks on Fifth is planned for 57 wet slips, 100 spaces in a boat-storage warehouse and more than 16,000 square feet of office and retail space. Notes: An insurance office was located between the Mason Jar and gas station. Plus, the open-air boat-storage area at left foreground is not Boat Haven. Now the site of part of Naples Bay Resort, Boat Haven would have been off the right side of this aerial, toward the east. Finally, the then-vacant lot to the right of the Mason Jar now hosts Joe’s Crab Shack; Gregg Development does not own that. The photo is from 1970.

“Those of you who have lived in Naples for at least 20 years may remember the current Docks on Fifth site between the two Gordon River bridges as the Temple Grove Gas Station and the Mason Jar Restaurant.” So says a press release from David Corban, president of Gregg Development, outlining efforts to get environmental permits for the marina, to make sure “the ghosts of the past don’t haunt the plans for the future. ... The ghosts would be potential low-level contamination left after the removal of underground gasoline and diesel fuel tanks.” The Docks on Fifth is planned for 57 wet slips, 100 spaces in a boat-storage warehouse and more than 16,000 square feet of office and retail space. Notes: An insurance office was located between the Mason Jar and gas station. Plus, the open-air boat-storage area at left foreground is not Boat Haven. Now the site of part of Naples Bay Resort, Boat Haven would have been off the right side of this aerial, toward the east. Finally, the then-vacant lot to the right of the Mason Jar now hosts Joe’s Crab Shack; Gregg Development does not own that. The photo is from 1970.

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