Naples Miracle Mile is Hot

A couple of months after gaining unanimous approval from the Naples City Council, plans for redevelopment along the Miracle Mile appear to be heating up. A resident led committee formed last year to help the area recover and strengthen following the onslaught of Hurricane Ian.

After the hurricane, the Naples Miracle Mile Committee formed. They’re working to redevelop right of ways and public properties along Gulf Shore Boulevard North, which is commonly referred to as the Miracle Mile. The area designates the stretch that runs from the new Naples Beach Club to Doctor’s Pass.

The committee views the stretch as the region’s premiere area for multi-family homes. Gulf Shore Boulevard North not only connects Old Naples, Coquina Sands, Moorings, and Park Shore, but it also serves as a gateway of sorts to and from downtown.

City leaders are now tasked with hiring consultants to come up with a streetscape master plan for the more than one mile stretch in Naples. Earlier this year, local developers and residents came out to voice their opinions.

Some of them were personally impacted by Ian’s destruction. Despite the fact that the storm rolled through about a year and a half ago, some buildings in the area remain unlivable. The idea is to not only redevelop the Miracle Mile but also plan out the streetscape to help strengthen infrastructure for the future.

One of the considerations is the future of Lowdermilk Park. It’s the city’s only public beach park. There are also two hotels on the Miracle Mile, and that means visitors.

Supporters want redevelopment to focus on safety and convenience, especially considering that the boulevard is used for beach access, for cycling, for jogging, and for walking. Supporters point out redevelopment of the Miracle Mile will also likely mean millions in tax revenue for the future, which will help boost the local economy.

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