COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The Collier County Board of Commissioners is expected to discuss Tuesday whether to give up the public right-of-way to Mamie Street in Chokoloskee. The street, which is currently the public access road to the historic Smallwood Store and Musem, has been the center of a controversial discussion for years.
In 2011, developer Florida Georgia Grove LLP, which owns property surrounding the thoroughfare, tore up the road and closed down access to parts of Mamie Street, claiming ownership. That shut down access to Smallwood Store and lead the store to close its doors for months.
That year, Collier County filed a lawsuit against the developer, and a judge eventually ruled Florida Georgia Grove had to fix the road and reopen it.
Last fall, residents near Mamie Street learned the county was considering vacating the right-of-way, prompting a slew of petitions and letters of objection from neighbors.
Supporters of the Smallwood Store are expected to show at today's board meeting to protest the county giving up right-of-way.