NORTH NAPLES, Fla.- The beach near Bluebill Avenue in North Naples is about to get a makeover. Hoping to draw more tourists to the area, Collier County is installing new, permanent restroom facilities.
Residents and tourists say they've enjoyed the improvements to Wiggins Pass, but have shied away from spending a day at the beach there because there weren't any restrooms. Crews are scheduled to break ground on the new facilities Tuesday.
The Tourist Development Council decided to spend the $300,000 to build a permanent bathroom, taking it from the $14 million they have to spend on projects to increase tourism to the area.
This is a much less controversial project than the one just up the road on Vanderbilt Drive, where the $1.2 million bathroom renovation, at last check, was still tied up in litigation.
The project is scheduled to take roughly four months to complete, so while work is going on, beach access could be closed to the public, but the surrounding beach access points will still remain open.
While the beach is used by both tourists and residents, it's the tourist tax dollars footing that $300,000 bill.