|Published:||Aug 17, 2012 11:44 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 17, 2012 11:44 PM EDT|
NORTH NAPLES, Fla - The Collier County Tourist Development Council will vote Tuesday on spending $306,000 to build a bathroom on Vanderbilt Beach in North Naples.
The facility will be just off Bluebill Avenue and Gulf Shore Drive, a mile and a half north of a very controversial $1.2 million bathroom renovation still held up in litigation.
Putting permanent bathrooms in is phase two of the Wiggins Pass renovations. Right now they have set up temporary toilets but residents and tourists we talked to agree it will be money well spent to get something permanent built.
This year the Collier County TDC has $14 million to spend on projects they feel will increase tourism. This beach access on Bluebill Avenue is used by tourists and locals, but there's one thing missing.
"We actually plan to use Vanderbilt Beach a lot of times instead of this one because it has a bathroom and I think if you're going to have entrances like this it would be nice to have a bathroom," says Robert Lindsey, a Naples resident.
Liz Klngrick, visiting from England, says, "I think it would be good to have some bathroom facilities beacuse there is nothing here and what do you do when you're here all day? It's not really pleasant to think about."
Tuesday, the TDC is holding a special meeting to vote on spending $306,000 to build a permanent bathroom, a much less controversial project than the one just up the road on Vanderbilt Drive, where the $1.2 million bathroom renovation is still tied up in litigation.
Residents along Gulf Shore Drive and some hotels don't like the look of the raised bathrooms and feel a concession stand will take away from local vendors.
While the beach is used by both tourists and residents, it's tourist tax dollars that are footing the $300,000 bill. "We bring our money here every year and it helps people come to this beach and enjoy this beautiful beach. We're very happy to support your toilets," Klngrick said.
Murray Hendel with the Tourist Development Council says he supports the bathroom project and anticipates it will pass without controversy on Tuesday. He says they're hoping to get the issue on the agenda for the Collier County BCC September 25.
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