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Pickleball update: Collier County approves upgrades at Pelican Bay Community Park

Kendall Little | Naples Daily News

After years of planning, the Pelican Bay Foundation presented its $6 million Pelican Bay Community Park upgrades to the Collier County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

The upgrades to the park include 20 new pickleball courts, eight refurbished clay tennis courts, an extended parking lot, concessions, and a new ADA-compliant playground. Half of the pickleball courts and three tennis courts would be reserved for Pelican Bay residential use. County residents can pay to play on the other courts.

Members of the private residential neighborhood Pelican Bay have been divided on the project since it began, with some supporting the upgrades and some calling for a complete stop.

After a few changes to alcohol and fee plans, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) decided to approve the agreement with the Pelican Bay Foundation.

Alcohol: Now only for tournaments and events
As of Aug. 18, the proposed agreement between the Foundation and the county stated the park could sell alcohol within a fenced-in area.

But at Tuesday’s BOCC meeting, Foundation members announced they changed their plans. Now alcohol will only be sold at tournaments and special events after obtaining a permit.

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