Letters to the editor for Friday, May 21, 2021

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Letters to the editor for Friday, May 21, 2021 1

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Naples Beach Hotel renovation

Here we go again. Yet another amendment is to be brought up for consideration by the Naples City Council on Tuesday, May 25, regarding The Athens Group five-star renovation of this great property.

The “Not in my backyard” local busybodies want to send a message to the world that nobody is allowed to develop anything in Naples, effective the day after they moved here.

Many people living near the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club actually support the Athens Group’s five-star project. But apparently some people living close to it missed class the day the teacher told them, “If you don’t like trains, don’t buy a house near the tracks.”

The privately owned club has been here since 1946. We should have just stopped development in Naples back then, what were we thinking? But that would have actually made Naples a theme park today.

I recall the Golden Gate Parkway overpass (Airport Road) getting this same type of fear-mongering opposition. Luckily that year the overpass was approved and it was built. I was waiting to be invaded by I-75, Mad Max drivers speeding down the wide parkway right into our beautiful city. But the parkway just relieved the heavy traffic on Pine Ridge and made it infinitely easier to get around town, just as the developers said it would. Very boring.

If we’re going to stop development in the City of Naples at least give a waiver to Port Royal. The city could still use the taxes and the charitable contributions.

Shawn Connors, Naples

Support plan for Naples’ rare gem

Change is a part of life and Naples has seen its fair share of change throughout the years.

Just ask the Watkins family about the change they’ve seen in Naples. Three generations have played an incredibly key role in the development of the Naples community.  They were anchors for Cambier and Lowdermilk parks, NCH and the Naples Players.

The Watkins’ quiet and humble influence can be seen daily at The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club which they opened in 1946. It is this legacy that is currently at issue.  Because of the timing of this sudden push-back from a small group, the loss of local beach access for the Naples community to HB’s and the Sunset Bar are in jeopardy for our future.

After much research and review the Watkins family chose the The Athens Group because of its first-class hotel portfolio and genuine commitment to continuing the family legacy for the redevelopment of the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.  Their vision closely aligned with the family’s to ensure time-honored traditions, such as beach access, open space, civic engagement and community leadership.  The Athens Group felt the Four Seasons Resort branding would best fit this profile.  

After several years of negotiations and numerous public presentations at the hotel all was set for signing until recently.  At the last hour a small group has decided to try to disrupt the Watkins legacy to continue the use and enjoyment of the property by the community and its guests as a hotel, beach bar and golf club.

I urge all to study the history, gather the facts and make an educated decision on the future of Naples’ rare gem.  As we move forward let’s honor the Watkins family’s 75 years of passionate dedication to our community.

Please support the Watkins family decision for the future of the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Course!

Debbie Cisle, Naples

Cure for green algae problem

Fixing the green algae problem is not that difficult. Buy part of the sugar acreage south of Lake Okeechobee. Turn it into a water treatment area. Send excess Lake O water into the treatment area. Send the treated water to the Everglades and Florida Bay that both need it.

See. That wasn’t so difficult.

Tom Grier, Cape Coral

Trump’s claim can’t be defended

Billy Graham was a giant among evangelicals; his son Franklin, not so much. Franklin embraced the ways of Donald Trump, to the point of supporting Trump’s Big Lie that the election was stolen. The support of this proven-to-be-false claim in dozens of courts continues to emboldened the evangelical community in its refusal to accept Joe Biden as president.

When asked in an interview if Graham would recant his support for Trump and his false claims, all he could do was repeat the Republican talking points, that Trump had 74 million votes, that Joe Biden is president and that it’s time to “move on.”


Moving on seems to be the most popular choice of Republicans, especially since there is no way to defend Trump’s claims of fraud. This makes discussing it counterproductive  since the only obvious answer is that once again the Liar in Chief, lied again.

Roger W. Quagliano, Estero

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