Why did Collier County stop selling the annual beach parking pass to non-residents in 2018?
Complex issue, but basically a deal between Collier County and the City of Naples re beach parking permits was up for renegotiation last year - agreement was eventually reached, but part of the deal struck was that Collier County would no longer be able to sell beach parking permits to non-residents.
Did it have anything to do with the belief that visitors would end up paying more for parking on a day-to-day basis and thus a financial source to help pay for the hurricane damage or because locals felt that visitors took many of the beach parking spots and prevented locals from getting them?
How long is the "deal" for? Will they reconsider the decision for 2019? We guess its difficult for an outsider to see the rationale of the decision. However, it certainly factored into our plans this year and will next year as well if it continues.
It was a culmination of issues and had nothing to do with the hurricane. I’m certain the city/county understood it might turn some visitors off and still enacted the new regulations.
In a nutshell. under the previous deal Collier County paid the City of Naples a substantial sum (around $1m) for the right to issue beach parking permits free to CC residents/property taxpayers and chargeable annual permits for visitors - the City of Naples felt they were losing out financially so when the deal was due to expire last year, negotiations took place which saw the amount Collier pay to the City of Naples increase to around $1.5m plus the requirement that CC would no longer issue Visitor beach parking permits. I believe the deal is in place for four years.
Still don't see the motivation/reason for giving up the additional revenue obtained from selling the $50 annual parking permit/pass to seasonal visitors to the county?
Because the income from those visitors using meters is far greater than $50. Many of the passes were being sold to residents of Lee County to the North which has limited beach access compared to Naples.
That was the purpose of our original post. We try to visit southwest Florida in March to attend Red Sox spring training and enjoy the sun and surf of the beautiful beaches. We would not have stayed in Naples (We actually prefer Bonita Springs) if we were “paying $200 per night” for accommodations as we are retired teachers on a fixed income, so it doesn’t seem like we fit the profile of what you consider a typical visitor. Don’t know what other seasonal visitors did, but we spent most of our time at the condo community pool and at the Red Sox jetBlue Park complex, only visiting Barefoot Beach Preserve (unfortunately Red Tide was a serious problem), Clam Pass Beach (too cold and breezy to go in the water) and Lover’s Key State Park (not covered by the beach parking permit) once each. So, These visitors spent $16 to visit two Collier County beaches this year.
This is my problem- I rent for three months in Naples. I have no problem paying for a season pass, but to have to pay $8 a day is a pain and they say they appreciate cash and the line is ridiculous with people who use credit cards!
Since 2009 we as a family of 2 adults and four children have spent a month in June/July each year vacationing in Collier County visiting from Ireland. We have purchased the Annual Beach Pass each year for $50 and found that it was good value and convenient for visitors to the area. Regretfully the decision to rescind the sale of the annual beach pass is the one and only reason we will not be returning in 2018 or any other year after that.