In the Know: What's with 'Smart Car Parking' sign at Collier park?

TIM ATEN
Signs were put up several years ago in an effort to use half-parking spaces at Collier County parks to their full potential. This sign was at Freedom Park in Naples.

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Signs were put up several years ago in an effort to use half-parking spaces at Collier County parks to their full potential. This sign was at Freedom Park in Naples.

Q: There is a parking spot at Freedom Park marked "Smart Car Parking Only" and it has a photo of an actual Smart Car Fortwo. I asked the park ranger there about it and he just came up with an answer that wasn't too convincing. He said they plan on putting a plug-in for electric cars. Smart hasn't released an electric car in the U.S. yet. I just thought it was curious that the county would put a sign up specifying that a specific brand of car could only park there. I've attached a picture.

— Dave, Naples

A: Thanks for such smart observations, including photo documentation of the oddity.

The window of photo opportunity may have closed for this bit of local color at that Collier County park on Naples city property off Golden Gate Parkway and Goodlette-Frank Road. Let's just say the county went ahead and fixed the glitch.

"The signs were taken down some time ago but, apparently, they missed that one. The sign will be removed," said Margie Hapke, operations analyst and public information coordinator for the Collier County Public Utilities Division.

Although the untimely signs may have offered a glimpse into the future, don't plan to recharge your electric car at county venues just yet.

"Signs were put up several years ago in an effort to use half-parking spaces to their full potential," Hapke writes. "There are no plans to add charging stations at that location or at any of the Collier County parks at this time."

In the meantime, perhaps the smaller parking spaces can be used for motorcycles, scooters and bicycles, too.

Construction near ballpark

Q: What are they building by Gulf Coast Little League Park? Thanks.

— Sagen, Naples

A: You are seeing more work being done for the far-reaching, multistage Lely Area Stormwater Improvement Project.

Improvements are being made to the Naples Manor North Canal in the East Naples area near Warren Street and Cindy Mysels Park, formerly Gulf Coast Park, located off St. Andrews Boulevard. Construction of this segment of LASIP began in March and is expected to be completed around late October, said Connie Deane, community liaison for the Collier County Growth Management Division.

The local improvement project, part of a bigger plan that has been implemented over several years, is addressing a multitude of stormwater issues within 11,000 acres, including two drainage basins, in East Naples. This segment of canal is just one small part of a much larger system to prevent floodwaters in the worst affected areas, the county reports."Prior to the projects development, neighborhoods throughout the Lely area have experienced flooding during high rainfall events. In addition to improving flood control, the LASIP projects are improving the quality of the stormwater runoff," Deane writes in an email.

Gulf Coast Park in East Naples was rededicated in February as Cindy Mysels Park in a ceremony preceding this year's opening day games for Gulf Coast Little League, which calls the park home.

Gulf Coast Park in East Naples was rededicated in February as Cindy Mysels Park in a ceremony preceding this year's opening day games for Gulf Coast Little League, which calls the park home.

LASIP work is scheduled to continue through 2016. Future projects include ditch work in Naples Manor and along U.S. 41 East, and weir work along Davis Boulevard, according to Collier County Growth Management Division documents.

By the way, Gulf Coast Park was rededicated a few months ago as Cindy Mysels Park in a ceremony preceding this year's opening day games for Gulf Coast Little League, which calls the park home. A member and volunteer of Gulf Coast Little League for more than 18 years, Mysels died in January 2011 at age 52 after a long battle with cancer.

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MAILBAG

In response to last week's column about the razed treescape at Riverchase Plaza in North Naples, a couple of readers have a few thoughts to share:

■ That is just sickening to see what they have done to the beautiful trees at Riverchase Plaza. My family will move to another shopping area to buy our goods.

What were you thinking? Now there is no shade for the hot sun. This was one of the reasons we shopped there.

Good bye.

— J. Orcutt

■ My husband and I are utterly HORRIFIED at the devastation caused to the Riverchase Center aesthetics as a result of the poor decision to remove the 20-year-old live oaks, sea grapes, and palms. The flimsy rationale for doing so (discussed in the Naples News article) angers us beyond belief. All they needed to do was trim. And sea grapes are the very essence of Naples and South Florida. Just the other day I remarked how much I wish other centers were as beautifully landscaped. The center didn't need a makeover. It took years for the plants and trees to grow to such lushness. One of the nicest in Naples. Aesthetics are very important to us. My husband and I live in Naples because of its laid back and lush atmosphere. Ms. Carson (quoted in the Naples News article) describes it perfectly, calling it a rape.

I've complained to the Kite Realty Group. I'm unsure whom else to contact. My husband and I are so angry that we're shopping elsewhere — and we spent a lot of money at Riverchase.

I urge you to publish a follow-up article and inform the readers that they can contact Lori Wick, 317-577-5600, the Kite Realty Group's Indiana office to register a complaint.

Best regards,

— Pamela Wood

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ballinemt writes:

I am stationed at Fort Benning, GA and they have parking signs that say "Low Emissions/Alt Fuel Vehicle Parking". The funny thing is these signs can not be legally enforced. What is the point of prefered parking for these "granola munchers" if they can not be legally enforced? Because I love to park my 16 mpg Nissan Titan in this spot every morning.

Ruger writes:

Coal powered cars get special treatment, why?

http://www.newser.com/story/144094/ar...

In fact, electric car drivers across a wide swath of middle states will send more global warming emissions into the air than someone who has a top gasoline-engine subcompact.

cozyboy writes:

This is so silly with these stupd "dumb cars".
Imagine getting hit in one of those mouse traps.

paul_vincent_zecchino writes:

Electric cars are a complete hoax. Their heyday was the late 1800s.

Smart cars? Real smart. Somebody hits that parking sign with their Smart Car, and spectators will immediately know what Canned Stewed Tomatoes look like.

The death toll from 'environmentally sensible' death traps is a dirty little secret which at last is being publicized.

They save nothing. You use more electricity derived from coal fired steam generators to power these contraptions than you would gas in a Chrysler 440 Hi-Perf.

But they do make the libs feel good.

freedomsailor writes:

in response to paul_vincent_zecchino:

Electric cars are a complete hoax. Their heyday was the late 1800s.

Smart cars? Real smart. Somebody hits that parking sign with their Smart Car, and spectators will immediately know what Canned Stewed Tomatoes look like.

The death toll from 'environmentally sensible' death traps is a dirty little secret which at last is being publicized.

They save nothing. You use more electricity derived from coal fired steam generators to power these contraptions than you would gas in a Chrysler 440 Hi-Perf.

But they do make the libs feel good.

Wow, a hoax calling a hoax a hoax.

Ruger writes:

in response to paul_vincent_zecchino:

Electric cars are a complete hoax. Their heyday was the late 1800s.

Smart cars? Real smart. Somebody hits that parking sign with their Smart Car, and spectators will immediately know what Canned Stewed Tomatoes look like.

The death toll from 'environmentally sensible' death traps is a dirty little secret which at last is being publicized.

They save nothing. You use more electricity derived from coal fired steam generators to power these contraptions than you would gas in a Chrysler 440 Hi-Perf.

But they do make the libs feel good.

Yes, they do seem to live for the "feel good moment". It doesn't have to actually make sense, most often its a disaster for America. We should now expect a bunch of name-calling as the truth has been told.

jt1120 writes:

I'm bummed about the trees being taken down as well, but not for the same reasons. I've always felt that Riverchase Plaza is kind of ugly, and at least the trees covered it up some. For what it's worth, those oak trees were pretty ugly too. This is Florida, and I'd much rather see palm trees than oak trees.

NeezDutz writes:

GM Sales Up...
Govt buys up GM Vehicles
Govt Skews Numbers at time of political necessity

romneygate writes:

in response to NeezDutz:

GM Sales Up...
Govt buys up GM Vehicles
Govt Skews Numbers at time of political necessity

That works. The "plan" worked when Bush filled up the National Oil Reserve with all that black gold. It helped pump prices and kept people working in oil fields all over the world, right?

romneygate writes:

in response to Damyankee:

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Typical conservative humor. It's so intellectual and meaningful for the loyal choir. It gives them a RUSH!

naplesnative73 writes:

"smart car parking" What is the cost to put it up and what is cost to remove it? That is the proff of how clueless CC Commisioners are. Two words NUMB NUT.
Some one told me once, Collier County Commisioner like the sperms, only one out of millions actually grow to be an intelligent life form

joeblow writes:

Little piles of crap.

exarmy writes:

After reading headline I figured it was about Japanese automobiles

reallifeswfla writes:

in response to jt1120:

I'm bummed about the trees being taken down as well, but not for the same reasons. I've always felt that Riverchase Plaza is kind of ugly, and at least the trees covered it up some. For what it's worth, those oak trees were pretty ugly too. This is Florida, and I'd much rather see palm trees than oak trees.

"Oak trees are ugly?"
JT, you have a warped sense of aesthetics.
Palm trees are fine as an accent but provide very little shade.
That's why they plant oak trees in parking lots, to shade the sea of asphalt.
Oak trees are beautiful.
Take a drive down one of the canopy roads around Tallahassee or Gainesville, then say that oaks are ugly.

OP writes:

The intelligence tests for automobiles are racially biased, just like the human IQ tests.~

And, why do the smarter cars get all the breaks, dumb cars need parking spaces too?

John_Q_Public writes:

Why are our tax dollars being paid to purchase signs that are not used, improperly put up, and then removed?

romneygate writes:

in response to Damyankee:

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Naaw, they all bought generators to stimulate the economy and create jobs. Besides, BP got hurt too as there was no power to pump gas. Schucks.

romneygate writes:

in response to 3rdWorldObamanation:

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He should have been driving a Pinto.

HAP writes:

Re: Smartcar sign. Another dumb waste of our tax dollars. Can't these people just be fired and we start over.

HAP writes:

Re: the tree carnage. Is In the Know going to follow up with Code Enforcement about this? Was it even legal? A little too late to file a complaint now, isn't it, the beautiful trees are gone.

BigMunch writes:

All gas stations have Generators now, which run on Gasoline . This is how they can operate after a power outage.

Notthesame writes:

Trees and Smart cars who cares, theyll plant more trees, and the smart cars can be bought at mercedes on airport road.

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