Tim Aten Knows: Shuttered Lemon Tree Inn to be redeveloped in Naples


Q: Is Lemon Tree Inn going to reopen after the hurricane? Wasn’t it going to be demolished years ago? — K.P., Naples    

A: Even without Hurricane Ian’s devastation, the days were numbered for the more than 70-year-old Lemon Tree Inn. The upcoming season would have been the inn’s last as the property is destined to be sold and replaced with a mixed-use redevelopment project.   

The plan was to operate the Lemon Tree for one more season, permanently closing it April 15, a month ahead of its real estate closing scheduled for next spring. But Hurricane Ian threw cold water on those plans, prematurely closing the oldest operating hotel in Naples.   

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