By Patricia Huff
Here we go again! On September 10, 2013, almost two years after the County Court ordered Florida-Georgia Grove LLP (FGG) to repave and restore Mamie Street, residents in Chokoloskee received a notice that the county was considering “vacating” that section of Mamie Street. The County would no longer own or maintain that portion of Mamie Street.
You may recall that in April 2011 FGG bulldozed Mamie Street, denying access to the historic Smallwood Store. In May the County Commissioners directed its attorney to file suit against Florida-Georgia Grove. It was determined by the County Court in October 2011and the Appellate Court in January 2012 that Mamie Street was a publicly designated road. It has been for 100 years. The road was finally repaved in March 2012. Because FGG was not able to get a ruling in their favor, they are now asking the Commissioners to sign a settlement agreement which would give the road to them, thereby reversing the Court’s decision. Although the settlement agreement requires FGG to provide access to the Smallwood Store, it would be a private road and thus have the option to relocate the road if they wish. Ted Smallwood Store & Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Why should Mamie Street not remain a public road?
The Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing at 9:00 a.m. (or soon thereafter) on Tuesday, October 22, in the Boardroom, 3rd Floor, Administration Building, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, Florida. If you wish to express your opinion, please attend the meeting or contact your County Commissioner at 252-8097 or see website www.colliergov.net for email addresses.