Naples Daily News
Jan. 31, 2018
Traveling through the state, I am reminded of how many of our communities have been transformed from once-derelict and underused areas of neglect to thriving centers of business, tourism and community.
Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, Fort Lauderdale’s A1A and Tampa’s Channel District are just a few examples. Nearly every city in our state that has become a thriving destination has undergone significant transformation: Orlando, Delray Beach, Jacksonville, Panama City Beach and the list goes on, including Naples.
Community redevelopment agencies (CRAs) have been at the front end of these transformations. CRAs are created to be used as a tool for local communities to better address unmet local needs and revitalize deteriorating conditions.
They develop long-range plans and implement them with approved projects, including roadway improvements and building renovations, in addition to business development and property enhancement programs.