Collier commission gets choosy with new businesses


NAPLES, Fla. — No more gas stations, pawn shops, car washes or self-storage facilities will be allowed to open on U.S. 41 East for the next year.

Collier County commissioners voted Tuesday to approve the moratorium in hopes of encouraging different types of businesses that could make the seven-mile stretch more attractive.

“That’s what I’m looking for … places that are beneficial to the people who live there so they can work and play and shop at home, rather than have to travel out of the area,” commissioner Donna Fiala said.

The lone dissenting vote came from new commissioner Bill McDaniel, who believes the move is unfair to owners of commercial property.

The county will study which sort of businesses would best serve the community.

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