Leaders in one Southwest Florida city are cracking down to preserve what people like the most about it.
The Naples City Council is concerned the city’s losing its charm and they’re working on a plan to make sure that charm never leaves.
The Naples City Council is expected to finalize rules to restrict people from buying up multiple single-family home lots to build one big home.
The people living and working in the area hope it’ll bring back some charm.
Council gave preliminary approval to the plan which would create new rules for the combination of single-family adjacent lots. But still, council members and others living in the area worry about the spread of big homes.
The small-town charm is one of the reasons Scott Matty moved to Naples from New York.
“Everyone’s friendly. Everyone smiles. Everyone talks. You know, when you go to the grocery store, the people begging they want to help you. When you go into a restaurant, you know, the waiters and waitresses, you talk and you’re talking back and forth because they live in the neighborhood. You live in the neighborhood. It’s like It’s like family. So right now, that hasn’t changed. I just hope that it doesn’t change,” Matty said.
At Wednesday’s city council meeting, a group called the Naples Residents Rights Federation will present a pledge to council members asking them to preserve the small-town charm.