By Patricia Huff
For the past six months, visitors to the historic Smallwood Store & Museum have had to drive through the unsightly property owned by Florida-Georgia Grove LLC. In early August, Collier County Code Enforcement Office issued a “Notice of Violation” for the overgrown weeds and disrepair of the fence on the construction site. After the owners received notice from the County in early September that a “Nuisance Abatement” process had been initiated for the violation, the owners requested a “vegetation removal” permit. The property is now scheduled for re-inspection by the County.
Currently, there is an active building permit for the conversion of a duplex into a single family home and to remove and replace the seawall and docks. For the past several weeks, there have been workers with heavy equipment at the marina site. During the morning hours of Thursday, September 27, while the crane was in operation, it fell over into the boat basin (cause unknown). It took a lot of work, but by Friday afternoon, it was standing upright again.
In an interview with reporters in April 2011, the developers stated that the new seawall and docks would be for their private use only, not public. The permit on the property has an expiration date of November. To be continued…