We are currently faced with a conundrum - we will do good, but we will do harm. It comes with the SEASP. The good part of the SEASP is the aid in providing lots of housing and various benefits of expanded commercial enterprises. The bad part is, the places selected to do the good part are already in traffic trouble. Where is the balance in this conundrum? In the SEASP area, do we need the proposed 5,439 new dwellings? Do we tolerate a 57% and 47% increase in AM and PM traffic? Both seem to be extremes of good and bad. Realistically, should the City Mothers and Fathers redo the SEASP - looking for a balance?
Your Comments may be transmitted to City Planner Craig Chalfant by April 3rd 2017 at email@example.com
PHASE 2 PROGRESS REPORT
The permitting process thru the regulator agencies such as the California Coastal Commission and Army Corps of Engineers will dictate the timeline for Phase 2. As discussed during the past couple Naples Seawall Committee Meetings, the Team was preparing to submit to the various regulatory agencies by the end of March. This goal was accomplished.
La Bella Fontana di Napoli Park Update
The hardscape of the park is happily undergoing restoration. Long Beach Parks, Recreation, and Marine employees have worked for six weeks on the fountain. The fountain was installed in 1970-71 and city technicians discovered the electrical system needed replacement after 46 years. New LED lights now illuminate the 3 tiers for the first time in 18 months and the pool at the bottom is also illuminated.
Skate boarders have damaged the decorative tiles on the rim of the fountain for years. Brass skate stoppers were sparingly installed 10 years ago and the number of star fish skate stoppers installed on the rim has now more than doubled. Naples Improvement Association and Naples Islands Garden Club were partners in purchasing them, PRM employees installed them. Our goal is to “ruin the ride” for skaters. If you have skateboarding enthusiasts in your home, remind them there is a city ordinance forbidding skateboarding in this park, and explain the need to “respect the park” – as well as all the small parks we have on the island.
The walkway tiles have also suffered from skateboarders as well as from slight earth movement. New tiles have been ordered from Malibu Tiles, they were funded by the Mike Frame family and NIGC. Look for installation soon.
The 500 feet of boxwood hedges are thriving in our park, with the exception of a few plants. The 8 windmill palms are sturdy and strong; the substantial rain this winter revived shrubs and palms. The remaining 4 olive trees all show varying degrees of failure due to infestation by the sharpshooter insect, a statewide scourge. As the trees weaken, they are also invaded by beetles. The City arborist will be evaluating the remaining trees soon.
Naples Islands Garden Club has officially adopted La Bella Fontana. The club uses its Beautification Fund to care for the park, work is done by club volunteers and a professional “hand gardener”.
Barbara Jordon -- President
Patti Clark --
Sandy Davidson --
From Steve of CenterCal, March 21, 2017
No significant updates from the last time we spoke. We continue to wait for the draft EIR report to be completed and issued for public review. As of now the anticipated date is mid-April 2017. As you know the hotel closed down and we have erected a security fence and hired security personnel. We are also allowing the City of LB Fire and Police Depts to practice on the site. We have started the asbestos abatement work which will take about a month. We hope to have all of our approvals by mid-September of this year and would then be able to start hotel demolition and officially kick off the start of construction. As for the leasing effort, we continue to speak with retailers and restaurants who all express strong interest in this location. Finally, we continue to have positive dialogue with CalTrans regarding the proposed signal at PCH.
We do appreciate your support and the support of the Naples Improvement Association!
Best Regards, Steve