As 2022 winds down, we would like to share some the current and future projects the neighborhood association has been occupied with.
Over the past two years we have been actively involved in:
Naples Senior Center Project– we presented the opinions we received from Oakes Estates property owners that shared their thoughts about the change in zoning that was needed for the project to proceed. Property owners were overwhelmingly against it. The County Commissioners approved the zoning change, but our concerns influenced the scope and aesthetics of the project to reduce the negative impacts to the neighbors closest to the center.
Connection to Logan on East/West Streets – we petitioned the county commission to resolve to prohibit the connection of our east/west lanes from ever connecting to Logan Blvd.
Immokalee Road Corridor Study - we continue to monitor the Immokalee Road Corridor Study and the proposed improvements and their impacts to our community.
Additional sidewalk on the east side of Oakes Boulevard – again, we are following the progress of this proposal and offering traffic calming solutions for the Oakes and Spanish Oaks intersection.
As we look ahead to 2023 and beyond
Standing Oaks PUD - we are closely watching the steps that are being taken now to begin the development of the Standing Oaks PUD, which is a development of up to 164 condominium units on just over forty acres between the main north south canal west of Oakes Boulevard and I-75.
Oakes Blvd & Vanderbilt Beach Rd – we are monitoring the lot at the corner of Oakes Boulevard and Vanderbilt Beach Road, owned by the North Naples Fire District, so we will know if there is any change in status there.
Do Your Part
There has been a tremendous change in the traffic through our neighborhood so people can avoid Immokalee Rd. and it may be the single most important issue to our safety and the character of our community. Please take any opportunity to ask service providers that come to your property to be mindful of keeping the roadways clear and to operate their vehicles and equipment safely. Each of us needs to be aware of our own behavior as we drive in and out as well. Please watch your speed. When we go to the county with requests for their consideration for anything, but safety related issues specifically, they remind us that many times it is our own property owners that are the most frequent violators of the safe driving laws inside our neighborhood. You can help us by changing those statistics and, if you have youthful operators in your house, please offer frequent reminders to drive responsibly.
Please visit this website at least once per month to see what is new there. We work to update it and post relevant information there. If you have a suggestion for improvements, please let us know.
We would appreciate your voluntary contribution of at least $50 a year to sustain our work. We are always looking for neighbors that are interested in serving on the association board or committees, so let us know if you have an interest.
Do not forget! Meetings are the first Tuesday of every non-summer month. The next meeting is December 6, 2022.
Oakes Estates Neighborhood Annual Meeting Announcement
On Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 at 7:00pm at the North Naples Baptist Church your neighborhood association will host our annual meeting. We invite and encourage you to come. We have arranged for the Collier County Transportation Department will present information on some critical issues facing our neighborhood and the surrounding areas. Please mark your calendars now and plan to come.
Approval of minutes: a motion was made and seconded to approve the last meeting’s (January 2022) minutes and the motion was carried.
Treasurer’s Report: John Nicola reported our bank balance is $7,832.80 and we have received 5 contributions in the past month.
Tom reported that he and Joe had not yet met with the representatives at the County yet but hoped to have a report at the March meeting.
Tom also reported that Joe had been able to provide a favorable option to renew the Association insurance, which is due by March 1. The board approved the renewal of the General Liability and Directors and Officers Liability coverage.
Tom reported that he had met with Ben Ramsey, who expressed an interest in joining the board. Tom provided some background information on Ben and recommended him for election to the board. The board moved to elect Ben Ramsey to the board to fill one of the vacant positions created by the terms that expired January 1, 2022
Many questions came from the floor regarding the recently released Immokalee Road Corridor Study. Several people expressed great concern around the suggestion in that study that a follow-up study is considered to the possible benefits from connecting the Oakes Neighborhood lanes to Logan Boulevard. Many property owners are also concerned about the intersection at Spanish Oaks and Oakes Boulevard. There continue to be accidents and dangerous encounters with the volume of traffic that is passing through that area.
Adjournment: A motion to adjourn was duly approved at 8:08 pm.
Respectfully submitted by Tom Ellis
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Oakes Estates Neighborhood Association, Inc.
PO Box 111046
Naples, FL 34108-1146