First, let me thank you again for all the support that you have shown for the work of Save Vanderbilt Beach. I have received dozens of emails since the Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve Stock’s plans as they were finally submitted. The emails all expressed thanks and appreciation for what all of us at Save Vanderbilt Beach, the Pelican Bay Property Owners Association, the Naples Park Association, the Regatta, the Trieste, the Vanderbilt Beach Residents Association, and others have accomplished.
Yesterday, the Board of SVB, its consultants, and the representatives of the above-named organizations met to discuss the future. We heard from our attorneys of the various legal options available to us ranging from seeking State intervention to use of the Courts to overthrow or otherwise impede the actions of the Board of County Commissioners. After due consideration of the various options, we agreed that in all cases, the likelihood of an outcome that would be positive for us was by no means guaranteed. The actual gains, even if successful, were likely to be minimal. The development might be delayed, not our intention, but there was no expectation that any of our issues would result in meaningful changes to the development. Further, the associated costs, ranging from $60,000 to many hundreds of thousands of dollars, would simply be too much for what might be accomplished.
We did agree that our job is not yet complete. Our estimate is that Stock Development has, at minimum, a year’s work to do before he can put a spade into the ground. This includes everything from geotechnical assessments of the site to the issuance of building permits. We have a deep interest in seeing that Stock follows all the rules and commitments to which he has agreed. To that end, we are researching the creation of a team of two or three individuals who have the skills to assess, from the legal, design, and construction perspectives, all Stock’s filings going forward. We want to be certain that he does as he said he would and that the County cuts him no undue slack.
On a financial note, we are currently $10,000 to $15,000 short of what is required to pay for the latest efforts, TV ads, Naples Daily News ads, consultants time, etc. Going forward, I am budgeting approximately $3,000 per month to keep the website active, pay those who will do the work described above, and keep communications with you possible. PLEASE CONSIDER AN ADDITIONAL DONATION TO SVB TODAY.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, SVB is not alone in having continuing work to do. You all have a job as well. We have seen how four of the five County Commissioners ran roughshod over the desires of their constituents and the whole community in approving this project. As we have stated, this approval is a watershed event, and ensures that developers will continue to have their way over the wishes of voters and taxpayers.
IT’S UP TO ALL OF US TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO UNSEAT THOSE I HAVE TERMED “THE THREE OLD “GOOD-OLD-BOYS” AND THE ONE NEW “GOOD-OLD-BOY.” THEY ARE:
RICK LOCASTRO, DISTRICT 1
ANDY SOLIS, DISTRICT 2
BURT SAUNDERS, DISTRICT 3
BILL MCDANIEL, DISTRICT 5
OVER THE NEXT TWO ELECTION CYCLES, WE MUST REPLACE THEM WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MORE DEDICATED TO SERVING THE PUBLIC THAN TO THEIR OWN SELF INTERESTS.
Let’s make sure that all of us “Remember One Naples!”
Thanks again for everything,