'Is this it?,' was Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta's response when he was shown the only access to the historical Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee on Friday.  Coletta went down from Naples to investigate why there was no longer  a street accessing the store. He also looked in wonderment as to how long it would take to get a proper road access in as the original, Mamie Street, was destroyed by the owner of the property where the access had been for more than 70 years. The owner destroyed the road way to force the U.S. Army Corps of engineers to accept the dirt road as a new aqcess point so that the company could be allowed to put in a new marina basin. The owner said the company will pay to have the new street put in for the Smallwood Store.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

"Is this it?," was Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta's response when he was shown the only access to the historical Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee on Friday. Coletta went down from Naples to investigate why there was no longer a street accessing the store. He also looked in wonderment as to how long it would take to get a proper road access in as the original, Mamie Street, was destroyed by the owner of the property where the access had been for more than 70 years. The owner destroyed the road way to force the U.S. Army Corps of engineers to accept the dirt road as a new aqcess point so that the company could be allowed to put in a new marina basin. The owner said the company will pay to have the new street put in for the Smallwood Store.

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