PO Box 111046
Naples, FL 34108-1146
Betterment of Our Community"
Meetings are on the First Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm
at the North Naples Baptist Church on the corner of Golden Oaks
Lane and Oakes Blvd.
Apr - May - Jun - Jul - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec
Oakes Estates Neighborhood Association
Board Meeting 7 P.M. Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Call to order/
Determination of Quorum: Vice president Mike Vitte called the meeting to order
at 7:02 p.m. with a quorum of board members present: Hiram Garcia, John Nicola,
Jim Glase, Terry Iamurri, Bob Walker, Tony Palladino and Jim Rice. Guest in
attendance were Frank Millot, Steve Bracci, Amy Blauch, Rosemary McAvoy, Mark
Schwab and Bobbi Sutton along with our hostess from NNBC Gayle Hahe.
Minutes: Bob made a motion to approve last month's minutes, Tony seconded
the motion and the motion carried.
report: John reported a bank balance of $4856.20 with 55 contributing
Officers: John made a motion to approve all existing officers in attendance
and those absent, to stay in their positions on the board if they choose to. The
motion was seconded by Jim Rice and the motion carried.
Property/Naples Senior Center: Bob reported that John Passidomo
contacted Tom to tell him that he and Wayne Arnold would like to meet with
the original small committee of the board to go over the application they
have submitted to the county. This meeting will take place next Tuesday,
April 9th at 5:30. The board expects to hear of changes made from
their original application and will report back to the rest of the board.
Church Expansion: Tony reported that Destiny has purchased 40 acres on
Immokalee Rd. for a future church. They still plan to expand where they are
on Hidden Oaks Lane where they most likely will be for the next two to three
years before their new church can be built. Tony reported that he has been
in communication with Mike Bosi with the county with specific questions on
their latest application for the building they are proposing. He did not get
any meaningful response. Tom followed it up with a letter from OENA to
Commissioner Burt Saunders to see if he could assist in getting us some
timely answers. He got a generic response from Dave Lykins executive
coordinator to Commissioner Saunders. After much discussion, John made a
motion that our follow up to this is to seek a formal request for
interpretation of the code so we can have clear understanding of what may or
may not be allowed. Bob seconded the motion and the motion carried
unanimously. Steve Bracci offered to help write this formal request.
Landings – Updates: John reported that Sprouts has been opened since
late February. Pet Supermarket has their sign up and should be opening
shortly with a few restaurants to follow. He asked Terry to ask Chuck, our
OENA webmaster, to maybe put this up on the website.
PUD Median Improvements: Terry reported that the landscape architect for
this project has had to redo her plan yet again. She has been told by the
county they are now to follow a stricter guideline by the state for these
medians. All vegetation in these 80' medians needs to be below 24" tall. The
curbing will be 6" so all plant material needs to less than 18". There are a
limited amount of plants in this height range for median use. The three
medians propose plant material will all include Foxtail fern in the middle,
carrissa boxwood on each side and perennial peanut on the outside.
annual meeting: The consensus was that everyone enjoyed Mark Strains
presentation. Gayle and John both reported that we had a great turnout of
approximately 110 or more.
Annual Gift and
expression of appreciation to North Naples Baptist Church: John thanked
Gayle for the use of their facility for our meetings. Many denominations of a
donation were thrown around with John making a final motion to make a $200.00
donation to NNBC. Bob seconded the motion the motion carried with one descending
vote by Jim Rice, whom wanted a larger donation given.
Nextdoor: Terry reported that an Oakes resident on the website Nextdoor had
offered to fix the Spanish Oaks intersection offering a roundabout/traffic
circle in humor said if the county does it themselves he thinks it will cost
10K. A few people responded to this with things like I hope they do not do this
and others asking how to use it. The reason this was of importance to OENA is
because we have tried three different surveys to see what residents think of a 4
way stop at this intersection, with not much response as a total from the
neighborhood. It is now in a hold pattern until the medians are built on Oakes
Terry asked everyone to check their Oakes board "group" when sending emails to
update to new officers, so threads are not sent to former board.
Rd: John and Tony noted that since they have closed the median at the end of
Oakes that it appears less people are traveling down Oakes. They believe this
will help in traffic calming as we had hoped.
Baptist Church Events: Gayle announced they are now offering indoor Pickle
ball twice a month on Tuesdays. On Good Friday they will be offering a Passover
meal to anyone that would like to come. They will be having an Easter egg hunt
with a thousand plus eggs for youngsters. On April 28th they are
having an outreach program so you can drop off nonperishable food items for the
poor. Please contact Gayle for these and other events at
Bob made a motion to adjourn at 7:57 p.m. Jim Rice seconded the motion and the
submitted by Terry Iamurri
OAKES ESTATES NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING
Tom Ellis called
the meeting to order at approximately 7:10. He then introduced the board; Bob
Walker, Tony Palladino, John Nicola, Mike Vitte, Hiram Garcia, Jaimie Ringhofer,
Russell Williams, Jim Rice, Jim Glase and Terry Iamurri to approximately 100
people in attendance. All Oakes Estates residents and a few from Tarpon Bay
along with our speaker Mark Strain (Collier County Hearing Examiner) and
Commissioner Burt Saunders. Gayle Hahe was introduced from North Naples Baptist
Church and thanked for hosting this event at the church.
comments Tom introduced Mark Strain.
Collier County Hearing Examiner, Mark Strain: Mark gave a 45 minute
presentation on current and future county growth patterns that are approved or
being considered all over the county. He explained reasons and dynamics for the
projects shaping the future of the county. He not only spoke regarding
development of future construction and roads he also showed graphs of
population, here and across the U.S. The forecast today and into the future of
how Collier County sits with the rest of Florida and the United States and why
it is and will continue to be popular. It was a well-received presentation. He
then open the floor to numerous questions from our guests.
Tom explained that
Naples Senior Center is pursuing the Winkler property and the board’s position
that the property should not be allowed to be changed to a commercial use. Tom
reported that the current status of the request for NSC’s use is not known but
that we anticipate they will submit a request for a revision in the zoning and
potentially a PUD. He mentioned that we are developing a letter that outlines
the board’s position relative to commercial zoning inside the neighborhood
boundries and it will be posted on the website for residents to download and
sign, when the time may be needed to present to our County Commissioners. He
asked by a show of hands how many people were opposed to the NSC proposal. It
appeared to be unanimous. He then asked how many would support the NSC, with a
show of no hands.
Expansion: Tom Ellis and Bob Walker explained at this time it appears that
original design for the Destiny Church property provided for an additional
auxillary building in addition to the sanctuary building that currently exists.
It was asked by show of hands if you are in favor of the expansion, with a no
show of hands. Then it was asked if you are against any expansion of this church
and a unanimous show of hands were in the air.
Tom asked by a show
of hands how people became aware of the annual members meeting. Many in the room
did not respond at any to the following choices.
By the annual
Letter that was sent to them – 7-10 votes
Email (blasts) –
30 or so
Website – 10 or
Tom closed the
meeting with an appeal to the members in the room to stay engaged with the work
of the board and the challenges in the neighborhood through the neighborhood web
The meeting was
adjourned at 8:35pm
submitted by: Terry Iamurri
Oakes Estates Neighborhood Association
Board Meeting Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Order/Determination of Quorum: President Tom Ellis called the meeting to order
at 7:02 p.m. with quorum present: Russell Williams, Hiram Garcia, Mike Vitte,
John Nicola, Jim Rice, Terry Iamurri, Bob Walker, Tony Palladino and Jaimie
Ringhofer. Guest in attendance were Mark Schwab property manager from Tarpon
Bay, Rob Mackey, Steve Bracci, Celia Garcia, Bobbi Sutton, Chris and Anna Waleri
and our hostess from NNBC Gayle Hahe.
Minutes: John made a motion to Approve January’s minutes, Jim seconded the
motion and the motion carried.
report: John reported a bank balance of $3332.45 with no new contributions.
Property/Naples Senior Center: Tom reached out by voice mail to John
Passidomo to find out to see if anything new regarding Naples Senior Center
pursuing this property. He did not get a return call. That will be a
priority for us to find out as soon as possible so we know what their
intentions are. Tony and Bob set up a meeting with our commissioner Burt
Saunders for next Monday to go over where OENA stands regarding this parcel
and the consideration of the senior center for this parcel use. Tom will be
attending this meeting with them.
Church Expansion: Tony and Bob reported they have not pursued any new
Landings: John reported the anchor Sprouts grocer still plans their
grand opening for the 20th of February with other outer parcels
PUD Updates: Bob reported he spoke with Chris Allen he said they are
focusing on doing improvements along I-75 including looking into a wall to
be built. The rest of the project is on hold, maybe for a year or two.
Annual Meeting March 5: It was decided to let the first fifteen minutes
be a bit of a meet and greet, sign in and name tags, coffee and dessert. At
7:15 we allow our guest from the county Mark Strain do his presentation with
our meeting and election of board to follow. Tony made a motion to allow
Terry to purchase desserts and paper goods for the needs for the annual
meeting with a budget $150.00 Bob seconded the motion and the motion
Standing Oaks PUD Strategy: Tom wonder by our by-laws if this PUD which
falls within the middle of Oaks Blvd. and our streets would have voting
privileges or other rights to OENA. By normal PUD’s they will most likely have
their own Property Owner Association and be somewhat self-contained. We do not
see this as an issue at this time.
North Naples Baptist Church: Gayle reported they plan to have and Active
Shooter class available sometime in March for those that would be interested.
The date to be announced. For more information about this activity and others
contact Gayle at
Adjournment: Bob made a motion to adjourn at 7:59 p.m. Tony seconded the
motion and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted by
Oakes Estates Neighborhood Association
Board Meeting Tuesday, January 8th,
order/Determination of Quorum: Mike Vitte called the meeting to order at 7:02
p.m. with a quorum present: Mike Vitte, Tom Ellis, Terry Iamurri, John Nicola,
Russell Williams, Bob Walker, Tony Palladino and Jim Rice. Guests in attendance
were Coventine Fidis, Bobbi Sutton, Mark Schwab, Karl Fry, Rosemary McVey, Ed
Zeigler, Hiram and Celia Garcia, along with our hostess Gayle Hahe.
minutes: John made a motion to approve the December
minutes, Jim seconded the motion and the motion carried.
report: John reported our bank balance as $3957.45. He
provided a spread sheet that showed our income and expenses for each year over
the past decade. This past year was the first time we ever had more income than
expenses by just over $300.00.
Selection of New President: Mike Vitte acting
President for tonight’s meeting reminded everyone of Karl Fry’s resigning
from the board last month. After our December meeting by email John Nicola
made a motion to elect Tom Ellis as our President, Tony Palladino seconded
the motion and the motion carried unanimously. It was done officially again
tonight with a unanimous outcome. Tom then took over as President and
resided over the meeting. Karl was thanked for his long and dedicated
service as President of the OENA. He was given a gift card and Jim Rice made
Karl a fish platter with all the boards’ names on the back.
Senior Center/13-Acre Parcel: Tom Ellis is now our
official committee chair person for this project. Bob nominated him, Tony
seconded the motion and the motion carried by email proxy in December. Tom
reported that he thinks this would be better titled the Winkler Property
because this is the trust that holds the 13 acre land at the corner of
Autumn Oaks and Oakes Blvd. John Passidomo called Tom when he heard he maybe
our next President. Tom told him he was not comfortable talking with him
until after our meeting tonight. Tom will let John know that we will not be
entertaining the idea of senior center for this property. Tom will meet with
Mark Strain to get a better understanding of the county’s outlook on this
parcel. He will also let them know that the board’s view of this land is for
residential use only.
Landings-Updates: John reported Sprouts grocer is
still planning their grand opening for February 20th. They are
hiring now. Other tenants have been announced and will be soon to follow.
Standing Oaks PUD Updates: Bob reported he spoke
with Karl Davidson and he said they are waiting on numerous permits to be
approved at the county.
Board Position: Ironically this position was
vacated by Hiram Garcia whom moved out of the area about one year ago. He
and his wife, Celia, never sold their house and are back living in the
neighborhood. He wanted to be reinstated. Tony made a motion to reinstate
Hiram in the open board position, Mike seconded the motion and the motion
Immokalee Rd. Median Closing at Oakes:
Karl reported that Tony Khawaja said that the funds will be awarded one of the
first few weeks in February at the Board of County Commission meeting. Work
should start soon after that. From the drawings that Tony sent Karl it appears
there will not be too much change to Immokalee Rd. The westbound turn lane on to
Oakes will close allowing the county to extend the eastbound Valewood turn lane
to become 290 feet longer. It appears there will be some re-aligning of the turn
lanes (we hope for better visibility that we have brought to the county’s
attention prior). The light at Valewood and Autumn Oaks will have a slightly
different signal pattern.
Annual Meeting: Terry brought up that
Tom may want to get with Karl to outline a letter that is sent out in February
announcing our annual meeting. Karl offered to forward on the past letters to
give Tom a base to go on. Russell inquired whether we would do the same format
as last year and let anyone in the neighborhood who would like to bring business
cards, brochures, samples or displays about their businesses. We had one of our
best turn outs for an annual meeting doing this.
North Naples Baptist Church: Gayle
reported that they have done work to their website. They are still doing game
nights and they are having a Wednesday night fellowship meal but you need to
RSVP by Tuesday for it.
Adjournment: John made a motion to
adjourn at 8:03 p.m. Bob seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Respectfully submitted by