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On NBC 2 News – Potential development on Vanderbilt Beach causes backlash from residents

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August 3 Story on NBC 2 News

Two groups are joining the efforts of the “Save Vanderbilt Beach” non-profit. One of them are residents of the Barefoot Pelican Condo Association. They said the development’s two 16-story towers and three 5-story towers will put an end to a tradition.

“What we do during sunset is we all go up to the fifth floor and we watch the sunset. We bring our chairs if we want and some of the people up there serve hor dourves,” Betty Pircio, a Barefoot Pelican resident, said.

Pircio said nights like those are why residents love living at Barefoot Pelican. However, Stock Development’s 16-story towers could cast a dark shadow on that tradition.

“Their two high-rises are going to obstruct our views of the sunset considerably and also one of their mid-rises,” she said.

Meanwhile, thousands of others start a third group just down the road. The Pelican Bay Property Owners Association launched a petition of their own. The community fears the traffic that “One Naples” could bring would spill into their neighborhood on the corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and US 41.

AUGUST 4, 2020
Mark E. English, President of the Pelican Bay Property Owner’s Association said, “As People run into congestion at the US 41 Vanderbilt Beach stoplight, they’re diverting down into the neighborhoods and I’m talking all the way from Parkshore to Pine Ridge to Pelican Bay to North Naples to Vanderbilt Beach.

Their petition has garnered nearly 2,500 signatures. The group is aiming to get 500 more before tomorrow night.

All three share the same goal; pushing Stock to Scale back.
She said, “I’m not opposed to the development, I’m not opposed to Stock but we’re opposed to One Naples as proposed.”

Click here to see the “Save Vanderbilt Beach” petition

Click here to see the Pelican Bay Property Owner’s petition

NBC2 reached out to Stock Development for a comment but have not heard back. Stock is slated to go before the Collier County Planning Board on October 1st.