Siena Lakes will debut. Winn-Dixie will open again. And is Naples a beach city?

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Siena Lakes, an ongoing care senior residence that some of you have been asking about since construction began in September 2019, will make its official debut on Tuesday. .

Located near St. Katherine’s Greek Church on Airport-Pulling Road, it is the 20th parish of Erickson Senior Living in Baltimore.

It will include more than 350 independent living units, 35 assisted living beds and 30 qualified nursing and memory care beds.

The $ 300 million one-story community will feature Tuscan-influenced architecture that echoes its namesake Siena, Italy.

Some of the amenities: medical care center, pool areas, fitness center, spa, theater and restaurants, said Fred Moschetta, Siena sales director.

On Wednesday around 75% of the units were already reserved, said Mike McCormick, Executive Director of Siena.

“It was exciting to see how Siena Lakes is helping to meet the growing demand for quality, distinctive senior living in southwest Florida,” said McCormick. “Siena Lakes will create 250 career opportunities and is expected to generate millions each year in the local economy, including tax revenues from real estate and sales.”

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The first phase of development on the project includes a clubhouse and two independent residential buildings made up of the first 175 units, McCormick said. The second phase, currently under construction, includes two similar independent residential buildings with 180 apartments.

When work began, the minimum for a one-bedroom entry-level pad looked something like this: with an option of $ 352,000 “entry fee”, a monthly service package of $ 3,400 a month for utilities, a meal plan and other services.

“We were one of the first to commit to living on the Siena Lakes,” says Peter Zimmermann, who has been living near Naples with his wife Mary since 2008 in the near future. “

For $ 12 million, Erickson bought the campus in 2016, part of which was home to the Stoney’s Barn fruit stand and U-PIck citrus grove, which I featured with the Stoneburner family in the past, for four decades.

In the three counties of Collier, Lee and Charlotte, ten parishes for people aged 55 and over were completed between 2000 and 2014.

The pace has accelerated dramatically.

From 2015 to 2017, according to CRE Consultants, 21 senior housing projects, including Siena, were either delivered, under construction or proposed.

The planned future development in Siena includes a further care quarter for assisted living, qualified care and memory care as well as an independent residential building.

Bessolo Design Group acted as architect and Kaufman Lynn Construction acted as general contractor for the 35 hectare project.

Erickson’s other Florida parish is Devonshire at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

Gates open at the Golden Gate Winn-Dixie

Winn Dixie officially unveiled its redesigned Golden Gate store on Wednesday, and the party will continue into the weekend with entertainment and freebies.

The 4849 Golden Gate Parkway location previously had one of those “soft” openings that everyone seems to know about nowadays.

I know a few of you who “sneaked in” who said it was a big step forward for you in the 20th century.

Among other things, the grocer offers further options in the Delicatessen, Products and Seafood departments.

There is also a new cafe, butcher and full-service meat section known as Carnicería in Spanish, and an expanded bakery with a cafecito.

Yes, Cuban coffee.

And let’s not forget the new pharmacy and liquor store.

Grocery store: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week

The chain has come a long way from its roots in 1925.

Is Naples a beach city?

Hundreds of comments and reactions keep coming back to me and on our Facebook pages in Wednesday’s column honoring Naples as the country’s # 1 beach town this week by WalletHub’s financial analysts.

Not everyone agrees that it is deserved. And not everyone agrees that Naples is a beach city at all.

Tourism director Jack Wert told me that national recognition is spot on.

“Naples and many other areas of Collier County continue to receive these recognitions because the experiences they have had on their visits are very positive. Our satisfaction rate is over 90% and our repeat visits are 60% each year,” said Wert. “Our community is in very good company with other areas that have been recognized in this ranking.”

It’s a point of pride.

“Awards like this one from WalletHub are very important to our success as a visitor destination,” said Wert. “Deciding where to move to most often starts with a visit. It is our job to attract visitors here to enjoy our many amenities and, hopefully, to return again and again. Some of these satisfied visitors decide to buy a seasonal home in the first step and then often become permanent residents a few years later. “

And there are benefits for the local industry.

“The more awards we get, the more people believe that Collier County is the place to go,” said Wert. “It strengthens our economy and our jobs, and supports the many amenities we offer that many other communities our size don’t have. Visitors support the large number of restaurants, our three performing arts venues, our range of unique shops and attractions, and visitors our many outdoor activities “.”

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Thus, Naples topped or ranked among the other 144 coastal communities analyzed in several per capita categories, such as most cafes, nightlife establishments and restaurants.

But some of you may feel that Naples doesn’t have the beach town vibe of a Jersey boardwalk, slice of pizza and corn dogs.

Like Arco Flatapopolus from Fort Myers: “Naples? Who did the poll? AARP?”

“We’re not a picturesque beach town,” said Naples-based Katherine Weinberg.

“Naples as a beach town?” responded the Bonita Springs-based Conor Goulding, who completed his training in Naples. “No chance – you won’t find any quaint beach bars.”

Some friction appears to be due to a few private golf front owners who have previously tried to scare visitors away from their view on the public beach.

Reader Violet Wilson says she doesn’t feel welcome because of the “private property claims”.

That doesn’t put off the reader Jason Paul.

“Would you like to watch the sunset from the beach in Port Royal? Yes, you can park right on the beach and go for a walk.”

Public access is abundant across the region, although parking is not always easy, especially during the increasingly busy winter season.

And the growth hurts some who remember Naples as a quieter area.

“I love Naples and have been for over 35 years, but the crowds and all the changes are ruining the city,” said reader Vicki Pearson.

And some like Joan Gigot want us not to report on these polls and keep it to ourselves.

“Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone, ”said Gigot.

But as Miamian Josie Iglesias will tell you, the secret of “Paradise” has long been revealed, even though “natives hate it when these articles come out”.

“I respect that,” says Iglesias, who flees here at every opportunity, also because of the hospitality. “I have to say, when we arrive in Naples, we will be happy and thank heaven for another wonderful holiday.”

Naples Daily News columnist Phil Fernandez ([email protected]) writes In the Know as part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. The next column is planned for Monday. Thank you for all the great questions. As much as I want to reach so many of them, I’ll do my best. Support democracy and subscribe to a newspaper



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