Collier lawmakers look toward Immokalee, Eastern Collier for economic development

Special from the Naples Daily News

Collier County commissioners are turning their eyes eastward for new economic development opportunities.

Those opportunities could include a sports stadium built on rural lands, now zoned primarily for homes. At a workshop Tuesday, Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance brought up the stadium as just one of the potential projects the county could attract if it’s willing to ease building regulations and reconsider its growth management plan.

Commissioners are looking for his leadership, since most of the rural lands are primarily east of Collier Boulevard and fall in his district. One of the goals should be to develop shovel-ready sites for larger commercial projects, he said.

“Our planning has to contemplate economic development, not just residential,” Nance said.

He offered up a few other ideas, from targeting businesses involved in agricultural research and development to encouraging the development of u-pick farms.

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