East Naples community fed up with nearby construction; company seeks understanding

Article and Video Courtesy of WINK NEWS

By Rachel Cox-Rosen

Published March 15, 2021



Neighbors are fed up by the noise and mess a project is causing near their homes.

Concrete workers are posted up at the southeastern corner of Davis Boulevard and Santa Barbara Boulevard outside the Firano at Naples gated community in East Naples.

It was a rare quiet morning for the Lundays with their dog on the lanai reading and drinking coffee recently, which is out of the ordinary for them. For a year, they say there has been noise from morning to evening in their community. Right behind the couple’s home, concrete is dumped into a crusher and processed.

“We hear the trucks backing up which they give a beep, beep, beep sound and then the crash of the concrete when they’re crushing it,” John Lunday said.

At the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County next-door to the site, leaders there are concerned about the dust and debris.

“The activities there are really preventing our children from being able to safely play outside,” said Megan McCarthy-Beauvais, the president and CEO at Boys & Girls Club of Collier County.

Scott Nyquist, the president of Firano at Naples homeowners association, worries about the sprawling piles of concrete.

“How can it be permitted to have essentially an industrial operation taking place in a residential neighborhood?” Nyquist said. “That’s a little troublesome.”

Troublesome or not, Bobby Cadenhead, the owner of Brothers recyclers of Naples, says they have the needed permits, and the county comes by daily to ensure compliance.

Firano at Naples wants the company to process the concrete elsewhere.

“All the material that got hauled in to build their community created the same problem,” Cadenhead said. “They had a crusher over there also crushing the rock, and the people around them had to understand what they were doing.”

Cadenhead hopes for the same understanding while they complete the new project.

The concrete being crushed at the site will be used as fill and will take about another six months.

Developers eventually plan to build retail shops, condos and a 55-plus community.