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Hurricane Irma Recovery (UPDATED)

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What Naples Visitors Need to Know

Many of you may be wondering about the Hurricane Irma recovery efforts in Naples and Marco Island Florida.

Hurricane Irma’s impact on Naples resulted mostly in uprooted trees, debris in the streets and minor damage to screened-patio enclosures throughout Collier County.

Naples is open for visitors!

Our beaches, hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants and major attractions are almost all open and have been for some time. While there are exceptions, chances are your stay will not be effected by those establishments still recovering from the storm.

As bad as Irma was…physical damage to the tourism infrastructure was not as bad as it might have been. Even the hardest-hit of the destinations, the Florida Keys, officially reopened for tourism Oct. 1. – Naples Daily News

Naples and Marco Island recovered quickly after being impacted September 10, 2017 by Hurricane Irma. If your stay is not for a few months, that just means more time for more recovery efforts.

Olde Naples After Irma
Structural damage in Old Naples around Fifth Avenue and Park Shore was far and few in between. There were a few bent street signs and some twisted metal pieces. The dreaded post-hurricane storm surge never arrived though parts of Gulfshore Boulevard and Gordon Drive was flooded but not at the catastrophic levels predicted by officials.

Naples Beaches After Irma
We did have sizable waves crash on the sand, but the Naples Pier is almost fully intact. Beaches in Collier and Lee counties got the all-clear Was early as September 19th after tests showed the water was safe to swim in. While there was beach erosion the City of Naples have worked quickly to fix the issues long before the arrival of season.

In Collier, the following beaches are open and waiting visitors, Barefoot Beach, Vanderbilt Beach, Clam Pass, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Doctors Pass, Lowdermilk Park, the Naples Pier and Park Shore, as well as Hideaway, Tigertail, Residents and South beaches on Marco Island.

Real Estate After Irma
Hurricane Irma’s effect on Naples vibrant real estate market was not much more than the hassles of delayed home deliveries and closings, industry observers say.

How You can Help
A great way to help Naples recover is to come for a visit. By booking ecotours, guided fishing trips, dinners at our great local restaurants and hotel stay you will support our local community. It’s possible, by the time you arrive, you will not see or recognize that Irma even came to town.

If you’d like to donate either dollars or your time as a volunteer, here is a list of organizations seeking help.

Places Still Recovering
The rural areas of Everglades City, Goodland and Immokalee were severely impacted and recovery there will take longer. If you are visiting those areas then you sould call your accommodations and confirm their individual recovery status.

UPDATED: 10/20/17
Hurricane Irma – Week 6 treats us with a lot of positive updates.

Nearly all shops and restaurants are open on 5th Avenue S., 3rd Street S., 10th Street, U.S. 41, the Coastland Mall, Tin City and Venetian Village.

Construction of the new City Dock and the Gordon River Bridge Crossing at Baker Park has resumed. The Naples Pier is open to the concession stand, and the beach has been cleared of storm debris.

Landscape is turning green again, and the temperature just slightly cooler.

UPDATED: 9/29/17

Hurricane Irma – Day 16 greets us with the typically hot weather of late September and perhaps yearning for the slight change in temperature that tells us Fall has arrived.

Hurricane Irma is still a topic of discussion, and by now most have told their “stories” and we are returning to the lifestyles of which we are accustomed.

Businesses that did not incur damage are open, including restaurants on 3rd Street S., 5th Avenue S., Venetian Village, along U.S. 41, and in other areas. People are visiting the beach and the partially opened Naples Pier.

Damage from Hurricane Irma

All of our properties suffered very minimal damage which has been repaired already. We credit our support staff and maintenance crew for safely and effectively preparing us for the storm.

The most notable sign of the hurricane is the piles of yard and tree waste on the street. But pickup already started for landscaping debris and should be fully collected over the next few weeks.

No major hotels or structures, besides the Naples Zoo, have reported any major damage. International flights to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, resumed Sept. 12.

There’s cleanup and repairs to do — with steady progress being made every day.

Will Hurricane Irma affect tourism?

Many are asking that question. Naples, for the most part, is getting back to business as usual.

In the Naples area most tourism-related businesses (hotels, attractions and restaurants) would like to be ready to welcome the world by Oct. 1, if not sooner.

Do not base your travel plans on the national news. If you are coming to Naples, for a specific reason, the best thing to do is to call and investigate for yourself.

Our beautiful city will be just that by season again…as Naples has shown from past hurricanes (Charley, Wilma and Donna) we can quickly recover and continue to build on what makes the Naples area so special.

Below are updates on our great city as they become available.

Hurricane Irma Updates for Naples, Florida

City of Naples Hurricane Irma recovery Information
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Collier County storm debris pick up to begin Friday

Hurricane Irma-related debris pick up is scheduled to begin Friday, September 22nd, according to Collier County officials.

Source: Wink News

Power Restored to 95% of Naples
The remaining areas without electricity include rural communities impacted by heavy tree and debris damage as well as customer premises unable to safely accept power.

Source: Florida Power and Light

Shops at Mercato are Open
Shops and restaurants located inside Mercato are open for business.

Source: Mercato

Beaches are Open
Beaches in Collier and Lee counties got the all-clear Wednesday. In Collier, health workers sampled Barefoot Beach, Vanderbilt Beach, Clam Pass, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Doctors Pass, Lowdermilk Park, the Naples Pier and Park Shore, as well as Hideaway, Tigertail, Residents and South beaches on Marco Island.

Source: Naples Daily News

Naples Beach Hotel Closed for Repairs
Due to Hurricane Irma the hotel is closed for clean-up and repair. We anticipate reopening on Monday, September 25th.

Source: Naples Beach Hotel

Naples Pier Partially Reopens
Part of the Naples Pier reopened Thursday, but access to prized fishing spots on the public landmark’s west end remains blocked because of damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Source: Naples Daily News

Naples Cancels Boil Water Notice
Naples government lifted its precautionary boil water advisory Thursday, officials said.

Source: Naples Daily News

The debris piles located around the city are starting to disappear. Life for most Naples residents and businesses have returned to normal.

Hurricane Irma Recovery Resources

If your home did sustain significant damage, you may consider contacting your home owners insurance or seeking government assistance through FEMA. Attached is a summary of the types of assistance, eligibility, documentation etc. As well as a checklist on how to file a claim. POST-STORM FEDERAL FEMA CLAIM PROCESS.

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