DOWNTOWN NAPLES, Fla. - Many of the proposed changes have been on the wist lists of city leaders, residents, and business owners for years.
Jackie Kakkuri said it's can be stressful finding a place to park along Fifth Avenue.
"You have to leave for your appointment at least 30 minutes earlier because you don't know what the parking situation is going to be like," said Kakkuri.
For years, city leaders have discussed the need to improve parking in downtown Naples. It's just one of dozens of proposed projects the Community Redevelopment Agency is looking at. Store owner Larry Liss said as the economy improves, the situation will only get worse. Especially for those who one stores on the west side of Fifth Avenue.
"I definitely noticed it at night like we would close at 5, 6 o'clock because there was no business at night. Then you would walk up to the east end and there was tons of business, it was like two different worlds."
The eastern side already has a parking garage. So Liss moved his store, The Blue Mussel, from its location on the west side of Fifth Avenue, to the east side.
"If I was going to survive."
Decades later, his store is still open.
City leaders hope to accomplish these projects in the next 30 years. But they will need approval from the Redevelopment Agency as well as City Council.