Bayshore News 2018
Bayshore News 2018
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The Aftermath- Hurricane Irma and the Community
Humble Beginnings- Kelly Road to Bayshore Drive
BAYSHORE ARTS DISTRICT
From the beginning, residents and tourists have said Bayshore was made to be an artist hotspot. For the ﬁrst time in a long time, it seems as if this is organically coming to fruition. Our neighborhood is experiencing an explosion of art and artists reinvigorating everything from businesses to buildings.
A Mermaid, Bikes and A Gardenia
Bayshore residents have taken their creative genius and showcased it for all to enjoy. Amanda Jaron has what is affectionately known as “The Aquamarine”, a light blue building enveloped by a beautifully detailed mermaid surrounded by diamonds. Neighbors on Storter were lucky enough to watch Amanda’s “mermazing” idea come to life.
Soon after, Pedego Electric Bike shop, a long-standing business, joined the Bayshore Arts District movement with their colorful array of bikes spray painted across the side of their building on Bayshore Drive. This art form is not lost on locals and tourists; you can almost always see someone stopping to take pictures in front of these masterpieces. On Instagram, you can ﬁnd images of our neighborhood using both #BayshoreArt and #BayshoreArtsDistrict.
Inﬂuenced by the community’s eclectic Old Florida style charm and modern use of art, a new idea has sprouted. The Gardenia Hotel is the million-dollar idea of Diane Sullivan. The hotel will prominently feature a boldly bright mural of a ﬂower garden, inspired by her own garden which is brimming with gardenias, hibiscus, roses and an array of other ﬂowers. The Gardenia is currently under renovation but you can always stop by to see the progress. The building is a delicate pink color with white detailing and will be adorned by “old-word” ﬂower boxes nestled outside of every window.
The collection of these buildings have sparked new interest in the Bayshore Arts Districts. For several years, our community was the “up and coming artist and boating community” now it is the hubbub of art and trendy businesses like the Rebecca’s Food Truck Park and Adam Kelly’s Ankrolab Microbrewery. Bayshore residents can expect the beautiﬁcation and neighborhood improvements to continue. As business and homeowners in the area, we are championing Bayshore and are actively working to see it blossom into the walking art district we know it can be.
THE AFTERMATH OF IRMA
For those who evacuated, the exhausting drive back only left them with time to imagine the destruction left behind by Hurricane Irma. Driving back home to endless rows of trees ripped from their roots, missing road signs, debris, and darkness was surreal. No active street lights just familiar, unending roads and tiresome residents thankful to have made it through the hurricane unscathed. The home left behind was now a shell of what it once was. There were people lucky enough to have power within days others, not so.
Amongst the sky-high piles of rubble and dead tree limbs, Bayshore neighbors banded together to help clean up and care for one another. On Storter Ave, one neighbor had his son knock on a neighbor’s door and deliver food. On the same street, a couple went door to door delivering care packages containing oral care and personal hygiene items to each and every neighbor in need. Naples Beach and Bay Realty (NBBR) helped fellow residents with sick spouses, young children, pets and those without financial resources find a safe place to stay during and after the hurricane. NBBR staff even went as far and finding food and cooking for all of those residents.
However, the generosity did not end with fellow neighbors. Lucky’s Market offered cases of water, free food and fruit for those in need with only one requirement: let others know they are offering free food and water. People who arrived to broken homes or no electricity, Lucky’s generosity meant everything for them at that moment. Families and individuals all lined up and tried to keep their spirits up.
Naples is still reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma but one thing is for certain, Naples is stronger than it was before. We are resilient and most importantly, united. If you would like to personally thank a neighbor or friend who helped during this time, please write to assistant@NBBRRealty.com and we will publish it in our next newsletter.
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS: FROM KELLY RD TO BAYSHORE DR
Meet the Driving Force Behind the Change
Irene Lichtefeld is an Indiana native who fought for eight years to bring change to what was once called Kelly Road. After her finding out she “bought on the wrong side of town”, she met with neighbors and local business owners alike in order to get the neighborhood to move in a positive direction. Still leading a busy and active life, she took time out of her day to answer some of our questions. Here’s what Irene had to say.
Much like Gordon Pass Camp in the 1920’s, Bayshore has been known as a fishing community. Gordon Pass was a place where people could relax, fish for sheepshead and park their trailers much to the dismay of residents who lived just past the camp in Port Royal. A lot has changed since then. Gordon Pass is now Gordon Drive, one of the most prestigious streets in Naples and Bayshore is transitioning from a fisherman’s community to a lively walking artist and boating community.
Q: Thank you for talking with me today. For people who may not know, can you please explain what you did for the community we now call Bayshore?
I: I had started by putting my building on Bayshore. The Realtor had told me how fantastic and “terrific” this little place was. I didn’t know the reputation Kelly Road had until I went to a Welcome Wagon in Downtown Naples. They told me I had bought in the wrong side of town. I contacted every property owner to get their approval for the name change of Kelly Road to Bayshore. I knocked on every door, told them who I was and asked them to put their opinion on the petition. Some thought it wouldn’t make a difference and others thought it wouldn’t improve anything. I went to meetings where some people would tell me to just “shut my mouth”. I had to get the county and attorneys involved to have them support the change even though a lot of them did not think it was going to happen. I even spoke with all the business owners about it and offered to pay for the cost of their stationary, cards and advertisement.
“In order to change the face of the neighborhood, you have to change the name.”
Q: How did the idea to change Kelly Road to Bayshore begin?
I: I was at an event and saw two women who each had a child interacting. The kids played so good together. When it was time to leave, one mom told the other “they must get together.” The other mom asked her where she lived. I have never seen someone’s face drop so fast as soon as she told her Kelly Road. I wanted to change the name so the children wouldn’t have to live with the stigma of Kelly Road. The way people felt was, if you were from Kelley Road, you were trouble. If you weren’t already, you were going to be. I wanted a change for the children to give them a fighting chance. I didn’t want them marked for life.
Q: It seems people who don’t live or work here can’t appreciate how eclectic Bayshore is. What do you love most about it?
I: The changes going on. People who live here are taking pride in their homes and they take into consideration if a building will be an asset to the area. We need people who care.
Q: What are some of the changes you see in Bayshore you are most pleased with?
I: There are a lot. It has come a long way and it has been a slow process. It used to be two-lane blacktop street the width of the side streets. I like how they have expanded the streets. The landscaping is also nice. The properties that were already here have been upgraded and we also now have Windstar and Naples Botanical Garden.
Q: What do you hope to see in the future for this neighborhood?
I: That’s a hard one to answer. I want to see something very different. I want a walkway to everything. Small shops, homes where people can live and also have their shops there. I want to see more.
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