COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It's your money and two major projects are moving forward.
Taxpayers will decide in November if they want to spend $30 million dollars to expand the Naples Zoo. 22 acres next to the property is up for sale.
"Land will never be this affordable," says Zoo Director, David Tetzlaff. "If the zoo doesn't go for this opportunity and land is lost to community development we'd probably be criticized in the future not to explore this opportunity."
Today, commissioners decided to put a straw vote on the ballot.
"I'm willing to let taxpayers decide for themselves to expand the zoo," says Commissioner Donna Fiala.
Commissioners also decided the 15-year-old bathrooms at Vanderbilt Beach should get a facelift. The $1.2 million project would boast a new building with bathrooms, a snack bar, and a viewing area. It will be paid for by tourist tax dollars.
"I think it should be built," says supporter Emily Maggio. "The money is there, it can't be spent on anything else, build it."
But, some say the county should spend less money on the project.
"We can still accomplish what the public needs and deserves while being fiscally conservative," says commission candidate Georgia Hiller.
Commissioners forwarded the Vanderbilt Beach Project to the Tourist Development Council for a vote. If they say yes, commissioners will take a final vote at a future meeting.