Naples, Florida

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City of Naples, Florida
—  City  —
Historic town center of Naples at the intersection of 12th Avenue South and 3rd Street South

Seal
Nickname(s): Naples on the Gulf
Location in Collier County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 26°9′11″N 81°47′55″W / 26.15306°N 81.79861°W / 26.15306; -81.79861Coordinates: 26°9′11″N 81°47′55″W / 26.15306°N 81.79861°W / 26.15306; -81.79861
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyCollier
Settled6 November 1886
Incorporated (town)1925
Incorporated (city)25 May 1949
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorJohn F. Sorey, III
 • City ManagerA. William Moss
Area[1]
 • City14.4 sq mi (37.3 km2)
 • Land12.03 sq mi (31.1 km2)
 • Water2.38 sq mi (6.2 km2)  16.53%
Elevation3 ft (1 m)
Population (1 July 2007)[2]
 • City21,653
 • Density1,744.3/sq mi (673.5/km2)
 • Metro314,649
 • DemonymNeapolitan
 Census Bureau estimate
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code34101-34105
Area code(s)239
FIPS code12-47625[3]
GNIS feature ID0287528[4]
Websitewww.naplesgov.com
 
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City of Naples, Florida
—  City  —
Historic town center of Naples at the intersection of 12th Avenue South and 3rd Street South

Seal
Nickname(s): Naples on the Gulf
Location in Collier County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 26°9′11″N 81°47′55″W / 26.15306°N 81.79861°W / 26.15306; -81.79861Coordinates: 26°9′11″N 81°47′55″W / 26.15306°N 81.79861°W / 26.15306; -81.79861
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyCollier
Settled6 November 1886
Incorporated (town)1925
Incorporated (city)25 May 1949
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorJohn F. Sorey, III
 • City ManagerA. William Moss
Area[1]
 • City14.4 sq mi (37.3 km2)
 • Land12.03 sq mi (31.1 km2)
 • Water2.38 sq mi (6.2 km2)  16.53%
Elevation3 ft (1 m)
Population (1 July 2007)[2]
 • City21,653
 • Density1,744.3/sq mi (673.5/km2)
 • Metro314,649
 • DemonymNeapolitan
 Census Bureau estimate
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code34101-34105
Area code(s)239
FIPS code12-47625[3]
GNIS feature ID0287528[4]
Websitewww.naplesgov.com

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States. As of July 1, 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 21,653.[2] Naples is a principal city of the Naples–Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated total population of 315,839 on July 1, 2007.[5] Although Naples is officially the county seat of Collier County,[6] the courthouse is located east of the city in unincorporated East Naples.[7]

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History

Naples was founded during the late 1880s by former Confederate general and Kentucky U.S. Senator John Stuart Williams and his partner, Louisville businessman Walter N. Haldeman, the publisher of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Throughout the 1870s and '80s, magazine and newspaper stories telling of the area's mild climate and abundant fish and game likened it to the sunny Italian peninsula. The name Naples caught on when promoters described the bay as "surpassing the bay in Naples, Italy". Major development was anticipated after the railroad reached Naples on January 7, 1927 and the Tamiami Trail linking Naples to Miami was completed in 1928; but did not begin until after the Great Depression and World War II. During the war the Army Air Force built a small air field and used it for training purposes; it is now the Naples Municipal Airport.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 20,976 people, 10,803 households, and 6,568 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,744.3 per square mile (673.2/km2). There were 16,956 housing units at an average density of 1,410.0 per square mile (544.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.50% White, 4.6% Black, 0.12% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 2.07% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.2% of the population.

There were 10,803 households out of which 10.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.38.

In the city the population was spread out with 10.9% under the age of 18, 2.3% from 18 to 24, 14.5% from 25 to 44, 30.0% from 45 to 64, and 42.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 61 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $71,553, and the median income for a family was $102,262. Males had a median income of $86,092 versus $30,948 for females. The per capita income for the city was $61,141. About 3.1% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

The economy of Naples is based largely on tourism and was historically based on real estate development and agriculture. Due to its proximity to the Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands, Naples is also popular among ecotourists.

Companies based in Naples include Beasley Broadcast Group and ASG in addition to numerous small businesses. Due to the wealth present in Collier County, Naples is also home to many small non-profit organizations.

The Naples metro area is also home to major private employers. Fortune 1000 company Health Management Associates, technology companies NewsBank and INgage Networks, and medical equipment manufacturer Arthrex are located just north of the city in North Naples.

In 2009, Naples was ranked as one of 10 pricey cities worth its high cost.[8]

Top employers

According to Naples' 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[9] the top employers in the Naples area are:

#Employer# of Employees
1District School Board of Collier County5,446
2NCH Healthcare System3,725
3Collier County1,727
4Collier County Sheriff1,387
5The Home Depot1,012
6Ritz-Carlton743
7Waldorf Astoria Naples605
8City of Naples449
9The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club423
10Collier County Health Department235

Geography and climate

Naples is located at 26°09′11″N 81°47′55″W / 26.152941°N 81.798510°W / 26.152941; -81.798510[10] on U.S. Highway 41 between Miami (to the east) and Fort Myers (to the north).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.4 square miles (37 km2), of which 12.03 square miles (31 km2) is land and 2.38 square miles (6 km2) is water(16.53%).

Naples' climate falls just within the tropical classification, more precisely the tropical wet and dry or savanna type (Aw under the Köppen system).


Climate data for Naples, FL
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)88
(31)
89
(32)
91
(33)
95
(35)
95
(35)
98
(37)
98
(37)
98
(37)
99
(37)
95
(35)
91
(33)
89
(32)
99
(37)
Average high °F (°C)75
(24)
76
(24)
80
(27)
83
(28)
87
(31)
90
(32)
91
(33)
91
(33)
90
(32)
87
(31)
82
(28)
76
(24)
84
(29)
Average low °F (°C)54
(12)
54
(12)
58
(14)
62
(17)
67
(19)
72
(22)
73
(23)
73
(23)
73
(23)
68
(20)
62
(17)
56
(13)
64
(18)
Record low °F (°C)26
(−3)
28
(−2)
33
(1)
39
(4)
52
(11)
59
(15)
62
(17)
63
(17)
59
(15)
46
(8)
31
(−1)
27
(−3)
26
(−3)
Precipitation inches (mm)2.008
(51.0)
2.169
(55.1)
2.079
(52.8)
1.992
(50.6)
4.209
(106.9)
8.181
(207.8)
7.98
(202.7)
8.051
(204.5)
8.11
(206.0)
3.598
(91.4)
1.992
(50.6)
1.531
(38.9)
51.902
(1,318.3)
Mean monthly sunshine hours150.3155.3165.3195.4225.1290.2295.2275.3250200.4175.6160.72,737.6
Source: Template:National Weather Service Miami, FL

Education

Naples is served[11] by the District School Board of Collier County and various private institutions including the following.

Elementary

Middle School

High Schools

Colleges and Universities

While no colleges or universities are based in the City of Naples, Florida Gulf Coast University in nearby Estero, Florida operates continuing education classes from their Naples Center campus.[12] Southwest Florida is home to several other institutions including:

With over 800 alumni living in Naples, the Ohio State University once established the nation's biggest alumni club in the early 2000s (outside of Columbus, Ohio). This is most likely due in large part to the overwhelming amount of Midwesterners who have relocated to Naples.[13]

Healthcare

The region is served by the NCH Healthcare System, which currently has 681 beds between two hospitals, and Physician's Regional Health Care System, which has two hospitals and currently 201 beds and is owned by Health Management Associates, headquartered in North Naples, Florida.

Collier Health Services (CHS) is a private, not-for-profit “safety net” health care provider with 12 health care facilities located throughout Naples and Collier County and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program. CHS provides basic primary and preventative medical and dental health care services. In the 2007 calendar year, CHS provided services to over 45,000 persons in Collier County (65% are children) for a total of nearly 186,000 patient visits.

Area attractions

The Naples Area is home to several major land reserves, including the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest. The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is known not only for its 11,000 acres (45 km2) of landscape and wildlife, but for a two and a half mile length boardwalk winding through the sanctuary.[14] The Naples area is also home to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, which dates back to 1919.[15]

The City is served by the Naples Municipal Airport.

Downtown Naples is home to The Naples Players and the 5th Avenue South and 3rd Street South shopping districts, which feature a variety of antique shops. Gallery Row is a concentration among the numerous art galleries spread throughout the downtown area. The Village on Venetian Bay is an upscale open-air shopping district on the Gulf coast. Located directly off of Tamiami Trail are the Waterside Shops, an upscale open-air center. Near downtown on Naples Bay and the Gordon River is the shopping district Tin City. This open-air shopping center specializes in antiques and handmade local novelties. Also near downtown is Big Cypress Market Place with over 100 diverse vendors. Naples hosts The Oliver Group Champions Cup of the Outback Champions Tennis Series each year. Naples is also the home to swamp buggy races, held three times each year at the Florida Sports Park.

Tourism is a main industry for the City of Naples.

Performing arts and culture

Naples is home to The Naples Players, Opera Naples, Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Philharmonic Orchestra and Theatre Zone Equity Theatre Company,[16] the Naples Jazz Orchestra, the Naples Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Beaches, parks and recreation areas

The beach on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico is more than 10 miles long, and is noted for its cleanliness and pristine white sand. In 2005, Naples was voted the best beach in America by the Travel Channel.[17]

Naples area beaches include:

The Naples Fishing Pier is one of the area's better-known landmarks

With more than 80 championship golf courses in the Naples area, Naples is the self-titled "Golf Capital of the World", claiming to have more holes per capita than any other community.

In December 2009, Florida Governor Charlie Crist met with Chicago Cubs president Crane Kenney, chairman Tom Ricketts and other team officials about possibly moving the Chicago Cubs' spring training and minor league facilities from Mesa, Arizona to Naples.[18]

Points of interest

Notable Collier County property owners

Naples (and unincorporated Collier County) are home to a large population of second-home owners, many of whom are affluent and own several homes across the US and around the world. This large transient population - that often considers "home" to be somewhere else - stays only a few weeks to several months, generally during winter. The names listed below are people who own homes in Naples (or unincorporated Collier County); some are full-time residents while others are part-time and visit periodically.

Colin Roberts, Channel Island garageowner

References

  1. ^ "Florida by Place. Population, Housing, Area, and Density: 2000". US Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/GCTTable?_bm=y&-geo_id=04000US12&-_box_head_nbr=GCT-PH1&-ds_name=DEC_2000_SF1_U&-format=ST-7. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Annual Estimates of the population for the Incorporated Places of Florida" (XLS). US Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables/SUB-EST2007-04-12.csv. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007" (XLS). U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/popest/metro/tables/2007/CBSA-EST2007-01.csv. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ Collier County Courthouse
  8. ^ http://finance.yahoo.com/news/pf_article_107235.html finance.yahoo.com
  9. ^ City of Naples CAFR
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ "Zone Maps." District School Board of Collier County.
  12. ^ "[1]."
  13. ^ "Naples Buckeyes". Naples Buckeyes. http://www.naplesbuckeyes.com. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  14. ^ "Visit us". Audubon Society. http://www.corkscrew.audubon.org/Visit/Visit_Us.html#Expect. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  15. ^ "Naples Zoo History". Naples Zoo. http://www.napleszoo.com/Visitor_Info/History.htm. Retrieved 2007-09-10. 
  16. ^ Theater groups still in play from Naples to Estero: Local: Naples Daily News
  17. ^ "Naples, America's Best Beach". paradisecoast.com. March 6, 2005. http://www.paradisecoast.com/cms/index.php?id=170. Retrieved April 26, 2009. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Fla. Gov. Crist wants to woo Cubs to train in Fla.". Yahoo! Sports. 2009-12-02. http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-cubs-springtraining&prov=ap&type=lgns. 
  19. ^ "Barry Alvarez Deed". http://apps.collierclerk.com/OrisImages/959704096-815603793.pdf. 
  20. ^ "Larry J. Bird Rev. Living Trust". http://apps.collierclerk.com/orispublicaccess/view_document_pdf.aspx?DOCID=20b720cb-9956-4055-b0c5-dbe1aa753887. 
  21. ^ "Mike Ditka Deed". http://apps.collierclerk.com/OrisImages/839325446-181759707.pdf. 
  22. ^ "Chris Farren". Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/chrisfarren. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  23. ^ "Naples Foreclosures". http://www.naplesrealestatemarket.net. 
  24. ^ "John Schnatter Deed". http://apps.collierclerk.com/orispublicaccess/view_document_pdf.aspx?DOCID=484e0fb4-452f-4930-9a83-080ab635be1c. 

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