Breaking Ground newsletter: Campaign targets Thursday's key votes on 'New Collier County'

Phil Fernandez
Naples Daily News

A new public awareness campaign is targeting Thursday's Planning Commission meeting and major developments by Collier Enterprises.

Theming it the 'New Collier County,' The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has been running newspapers ads, TV commercials and social media endeavors tied to scheduled votes on the massive projects on the eastern side of the county.

"We have never been outright opposed to development," Conservancy President and CEO Rob Moher said. "Instead, we have always advocated for smart growth in terms of development location, design and related infrastructure — all of which should be done in a manner that avoids destruction of critical wildlife habitat and other natural resources."

Thursday's 9 a.m. gathering takes place on the third floor of the administration building at 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples.

Residents can also view it on the web by going to colliercountyfl.gov and clicking on the Collier TV LIVE button on the left side of the page. To participate in the session as a speaker remotely, search "Planning Commission" on the main Collier page and that will guide you to the page that has the agenda and further links.

Power lines run through a section of the Rural Land Stewardship Area near the Okaloacoochee Slough, photographed on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Slow supply lines to Southwest Florida

Even before last week's Suez Canal mishap involving a ship the size of a skyscraper, supply lines have already been a challenge in Southwest Florida and throughout the globe.

Furniture stores are some of the places buyers have noticed it, having to wait months longer than they used to for the coveted piece that's just right for their abodes.

The pandemic led many shoppers to make improvements around the house, considering they had been spending more time in their homes and often working from them.

"We've never seen this type of a surge," Home Furnishings Association CEO Mark Schumacher  said. "The biggest frustration for home furnishing retailers right now, is business is good. And they wonder how much better could it be if we had all the product available we needed."

Supply chain obstacles have led to shortages. Prior to coronavirus, retailers already had been dealing with hurdles related to an intended cost-savings move that shifted some production to Vietnam.

This 1926 Addison Mizner-designed estate fetched $22.5 million, setting a record for the highest price paid per linear foot of beachfront

More growth and development news

 »The sale of a 1926 estate in Southwest Florida sets yet another record in what's been of year of chart-toppers so far in real estate, according to a subscriber exclusive story.

» Reporter David Dorsey has found that a trio of projects are in play for Southwest Florida's developing corridor of industrial construction

» Want to help local small businesses get back on their feet and start building up again? Here's one way.

The weekly Breaking Ground newsletter looks at the latest in growth and development in Southwest Florida.

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