NAPLES, Fla. The Naples Historical Society is proposing new guidelines to help maintain the historic charm of the city.
The plan would call for guidelines on construction that would give homeowners freedom to restore their homes at their discretion.
Homeowners hope the proposed changes provide accessibility and clarity to other residents in the area. But this isn’t the first time mandates have been implemented.
Elaine Reed, president and CEO of the Naples Historical Society explained similar measures taken in the past were unsuccessful, which is why members of the organization stress the guidelines wouldn’t be mandatory.
“We want this to work because we know there is a number of people who would actively engage in this if they knew the breadth of options available to them,” Reed said.
The Naples Historical Society strives to preserve the charm through home renovation rather than demolition. The district is small, ranging from Ninth Avenue South to 14th Avenue South, and from Third Street South to the Gulf of Mexico.