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City council rejects proposal for more hotel rooms on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples

Laura Layden |Naples Daily News

In a unanimous decision, city council denied plans for new hotel rooms on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples, seeing them as the wrong fit.

The vote came Wednesday, just weeks after a city election, with three new faces on council.

Much of the campaigning in the election centered around growth and development, with the word “overdevelopment” often bantered about, as a threat to the city’s small-town charm.

Two of the new councilors garnered strong support from builders and developers in their campaigns, leading some residents to fear their influence on decision-making for current and future projects.

Bill Kramer, one of those councilors, described the proposal for hotel rooms as trying to stuff 100 pounds of flour into a 50-pound bag. Others on the board agreed.

Council unilaterally saw the hotel rooms, included as part of a new mixed-used building, as overdevelopment. The rooms would have sat atop a new restaurant.

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