Naples to review results of less visitor parking by beaches

Naples will poll businesses and hotels Monday about the pilot program that prioritizes residents over visitors for beach parking. Things have gotten much easier for Naples residents, but they may have become harder on local businesses. In December 2020, Naples designated 363 parking spots as “resident only,” leaving just 676 pay-to-park spots for visitors. It […]

July Fourth vacation concerns could result in mask mandates or beaches closing

Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year so, in addition to weekend beach trips, many could flock to Southwest Florida beaches for holiday travel. This is a concern for locals of the region’s beach communities and for city and county officials. Penny Taylor, Collier County commissioner, said, “People love to go to the [beach […]

Will SWFL beaches shut down again?

Beaches in Naples and throughout Collier County reopened earlier this month after being shut down as part of coronavirus precautions. Saturday’s COVID-19 cases topped out statewide at 9,585, with 500 new cases reported in Southwest Florida. The rising numbers are leaving many wondering if there will be a second round of shutdowns. If they do […]

Naples beaches closed most of Memorial Day, beach control clears up confusion

Normally, the beaches in Naples are packed with people on Memorial Day. But these are not normal times, and the beach is now empty. The city’s tight restrictions caused some confusion, but beach patrol cleared that up pretty quickly. At 11 a.m. Monday, the weather was the only care in the world for these beachgoers. […]

Naples city council meeting Monday to discuss beach closure

The Naples city council is meeting Monday to discuss reopening city beaches after they closed them down Sunday due to an influx of people. A city council member said he favors a “hybrid” reopening, where the beaches are open all the time during the week but just mornings and evenings on the weekends to discourage […]