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SEAWALL

 

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.

Michael OToole

President. NIA

 

 

 

FOUNTAIN / FOUNTAIN LIGHTS

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 doubledNaples 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 -- Beautification Chair                           

Sandy Davidson --  La Bella Fontana Chair

                               

HOMELESSNESS



 
 

 

SEAPORT MARINA HOTEL

From Steve of CenterCal, March 21, 2017

Hello Howard! 

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

 

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