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No changes for Naples construction operating hours, city council to revisit in 2021

Brittany Carloni
Naples Daily News

Naples won’t proceed with any changes to construction operating hours in the city, but will revisit the issue again in 2021. 

“We have a very good system right now and I would advocate staying with it,” Councilman Paul Perry said.

At a public workshop on Monday, the city council directed its staff to address staffing levels for enforcement in the city building department. The council also told city staff to develop a communication strategy for how Naples residents can contact city staff with complaints and to collect data for regular reports on items such as noise complaints. 

Construction on a new home located at the 800 block of Galleon Drive in Port Royal community is pictured on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at a new home

During the workshop, the council received a presentation from city building official Craig Mole and heard from members of the construction industry about the possible impacts to changing the city’s operating hours for construction. 

Naples codes allow construction Monday through Saturday. Construction can be performed in residential areas from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and in nonresidential areas from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the codes. 

No construction work is allowed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

Mole told the city council Monday that he believes the current city codes are “adequate.” 

“It covers everything we need to cover,” Mole said. 

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Changes to work hours considered by the city council included pushing back the allowed start time for construction to later in the day, such as 9 a.m. 

Members of the building industry told the city council that reducing construction hours, especially shortening morning work time, would negatively impact businesses. 

"If you want to shift times, some subcontractors may not want to work in the city of Naples, and it's going to cost more for your residents to bring that in," said Bill Varian of Varian Construction. 

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Kathy Curatolo, executive officer of the Collier Building Industry Association, told the council that the building industry should work together with the city on issues that impact the community. 

“We are here to work with you on issues, to work with our community, because this is the base for our economic stability,” Curatolo said. 

Council members discussed making small modifications to the building hours, but chose instead to revisit the issue in late 2021 to allow time for data to be collected. 

The Naples City Council last brought up possible modifications to construction hours in February 2019, but ultimately no changes were made.

Brittany Carloni is the city of Naples reporter at the Naples Daily News. Support her work by subscribing to our local news organization. Find her on Twitter as @CarloniBrittany.