The Board of Collier County Commissioners (BCCC) unanimously voted Tuesday to accept a $30,000 donation from the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades and to appropriate $36,000 to purchase a paved parking lot adjacent to the Museum of the Everglades, 105 W. Broadway St., Everglades City.
Visitor parking at the Museum of the Everglades is currently limited to nine passenger vehicles and is difficult to access due to the close proximity of the museum building and wheelchair ramp. As a result, parking often overflows onto the lawn and grassed medians along Broadway Street and Storter Avenue and is a recurring safety concern and eyesore for Everglades City.
Acquisition of this new lot will add 28 additional parking spaces for visitors and provide a separate, more convenient and safer access to the museum. The property will also be useful as a staging area for the museum and after-hours community events, including the bicycle safety class held annually by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
“I would like to thank the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades for their generous donation, which will greatly benefit the Museum,” said Commissioner Tim Nance. “I want to thank them for giving us this opportunity to help us make the Museum of the Everglades a better, safer facility for the residents and visitors.”