COLLIER COUNTY

County Offices
3301 E. Tamiami Trail
Naples 239-774-8999
www.colliergov.net

Chamber of Commerce
3620 Tamiami Trail North
Naples 239-262-6141
www.napleschamber.org

Distinguished as the largest county east of the Mississippi River, expansive Collier County harmonizes metropolitan sophistication with unspoiled natural beauty. State preserves and the Everglades National Park account for much of the county’s area, while the leading city of Naples offers a unique blend of dynamic business development with cultural opportunities and handsome residential neighborhoods. The county seat was transferred from Everglades City to East Naples in 1962, launching an era of sustained growth in agriculture, tourism, and real estate. The result is an infusion of vitality that has made Collier County one of the fastest developing areas in the nation.

Services
Newcomers are increasingly drawn to Collier County for the exceptional quality of life and highly developed amenities. Outstanding educational opportunities are available for all levels and age groups, from new elementary and secondary schools to leading universities and private colleges. The region is home to Florida Gulf Coast University, Edison Community College, International College, and the Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology. Edison Community College has expanded to include a 50 acre campus in Collier County that offers study facilities and courses leading to associate degrees in the arts and sciences. Walden University is based in Naples, while the Barry University School of Adult and Continuing Education offers a nearby campus in Fort Myers.

A highly progressive medical community provides state-of-the-art healthcare services to residents of Collier County, where respected physicians have the advantage of the latest technology in leading-edge facilities. Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System serves as the hub of the region’s healthcare network. Staffed by more than 500 physicians, NCH operates two hospitals and more than 25 satellite facilities to ensure a comprehensive, integrated range of services. Physicians Regional Medical Center provides a full-service hospital as well as a medical center filled with skilled specialists to meet every need. Families with older adults will appreciate the numerous facilities offering assisted living, skilled nursing facilities, and independent lifestyle opportunities.

Lifestyle
Encompassing such welcoming communities as Greater Naples, Marco Island, Golden Gate, Immokalee and the new community of Ave Maria, Collier County is a region of unsurpassed beauty. World-class beaches, famous resorts, expansive shopping, and superb recreational opportunities contrast with sweeping sawgrass prairies, wetlands, and abundant wildlife. Newcomers are drawn to Collier County for the exceptional quality of life and highly developed amenities. Contrasting haute cuisine with home cooking, lively nightspots with midnight strolls, and high fashion with farmers markets, this diverse area appeals to families, professionals, retirees, and seasonal visitors. Wonderful museums, art galleries, and cultural centers combine with the infinite wonders of the Everglades—home to alligators, herons, bald eagles, white-tailed deer, and the endangered Florida panther. Bustling urban areas, small towns, and picturesque villages offer a medley of home sites and residential developments that cater to every lifestyle choice.

The term “Classic Florida” has been applied to this panoramic and unique area, effortlessly blending the elegant and modern with the quaint and historic. Museums invite visitors to explore more than 10,000 years of history and archeology, while the Philharmonic Center for the Arts presents a kaleidoscope of performances and special events. Opened in 1989, the center with its concert halls and galleries is home to the Naples-Marco Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gulf Coast home of the Miami Ballet. The full range of attractions includes everything from opera to Broadway plays and lectures. Nearly 40 cultural groups are active throughout the county, anchored and promoted by the United Arts Council.

Outdoor and sports enthusiasts will discover a paradise in Collier County. Deep-sea fishing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, racquet sports, and golfing are popular with residents and visitors alike. Powder-fine sandy beaches strewn with exotic shells, placid waves, sleek yachts, dive boats, dinner cruises, and romantic sail boats are common sights in this water-rich region of bays, rivers, lakes, islands, and sea. Wonderful shopping districts, fine restaurants, lively nightspots, attractive homes, lush parks, and major attractions like the Naples Zoo and 52-acre botanical garden all add to the quality of life. Unique in Florida, the zoo is the only Florida facility where visitors can see all four of Africa’s top predators and the rarest tigers in America. Superlatives like “the world’s most beautiful beach” or the “world’s most beautiful sunset” abound in Collier County.

Ave Maria

Community Information
239-304-7620
www.avemaria.com

Ave Maria is a new beautiful community that has a wide variety of housing including both single family housing and multi-family housing. Restaurants, boutiques and entertainment abound in this thriving new community. The town was created as a master-planned community around the new Ave Maria University. The town is designed around  a thriving town center called La Piazza – which is home to everything from a new grocery store to shops and restaurants. As the town begins to grow, its residents are already enjoying growth in employment opportunities and with the addition of new schools and healthcare facilities, they have access to everything they need to call this community home.

East Naples

County Offices
239-774-8999
www.colliergov.net

Chamber of Commerce
239-262-6141
www.napleschamber.org

The diverse area popularly known as East Naples offers a blend of modest subdivisions with exclusive enclaves and residential villages. These inland Naples residential communities are easily accessible to shopping, attractions, cultural venues, and fine beaches. Many of the homes in East Naples are set against the backdrop of picturesque lakefront or preserve vistas, offering a medley of organized activities and first-rate recreational amenities including some of the largest swimming pools in Southwest Florida. Local services, convenient shops, neighborhood parks, golf courses, libraries, and respected schools are available close to home. A number of country club developments surround the East Naples area, harmonizing handsome villas and townhomes with single-family homes along tree-shaded lanes. Naples Municipal Airport is located in this area, providing convenient general aviation facilities for recreational pilots.

 

Everglades City

Municipal Offices
239-695-3781
www.florida-everglades.com/evercty/home.htm

Chamber of Commerce
239-695-3941
www.evergladeschamber.net

Serving as the gateway to one of the nation’s most fascinating national parks, Everglades City welcomes millions of visitors each year. Fishing is the sport of choice in this region known as the “Mangrove Jungle,” which borders Ten Thousand Islands and the Gulf of Mexico. Located south of Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades features a wide, shallow river that moves so slowly that a drop of water could take up to eight months to complete the 100-mile journey from north to south. The 1.5-million-acre Everglades National Park features an ecosystem seven times that size. Contrary to popular opinion, the Everglades is not a swamp swarming with alligators but a masterpiece of natural beauty where a mysterious forest protects diverse wildlife. This unique community provides a small-town environment at the edge of America’s only sub-tropical wilderness. Since tourism is the mainstay of the area, newcomers enjoy amenities and attractions that are normally associated with larger towns and cities.

 

Golden Gate

County Offices
239-774-8999
www.colliergov.net

Chamber of Commerce
239-262-6141
www.napleschamber.org

South of Fort Myers between Bonita Springs and Marco Island, the unincorporated community of Golden Gate enjoys a location along the major thoroughfare of Interstate 75. Situated near the Gulf of Mexico, the Golden Gate area offers easy access to world-class fishing, water sports, and pristine beaches. At the same time, Golden Gate is close to some of the finest recreational areas in Southwest Florida, including Everglades National Park, Big Cypress Preserve, and Collier-Seminole State Park. Residents enjoy all the tranquility and scenery associated with a rural lifestyle, further enhanced by the array of amenities and conveniences in nearby Naples and Marco Island. Housing choices range from modest bungalows to elegant estates and properties with generous acreage. Suburban shopping, cultural centers and performing arts, golf courses, and other urban advantages are only minutes away from a Golden Gate address.

 

Immolakee

County Offices
239-774-8999
www.colliergov.net

Chamber of Commerce
239-262-6141
www.napleschamber.org

The hub of South Florida’s dynamic and diverse agricultural industry is the rural community of Immokalee, where a Foreign Trade Zone enhances trade and distribution activity. Nearly 600 businesses have settled into this area, driving brisk residential and economic growth. New residential developments are blending handsome new construction in a variety of styles and price ranges with long-established neighborhoods. Major attractions in this area contrast the fast-paced thrills at the Immokalee Regional Raceway with the tranquil retreat of Lake Trafford. Anglers, families, and nature students share an interest in the lake’s natural beauty and bounty. Characterized by diversity and a cooperative attitude, Immokalee is home to more than 30 different cultures and nationalities who take pride in their heritage and hometown. Wonderful community celebrations, first-rate recreational opportunities, and a thriving local economy are the hallmarks of life in Immokalee. Close proximity to Naples ensures easy access to first-rate amenities and services.

 

Lely, Naples Manor

County Offices
239-774-8999
www.colliergov.net

Chamber of Commerce
239-262-6141
www.napleschamber.org

Within the unincorporated expanse southeast of the city of Naples are family-oriented communities like Naples Manor and upscale developments such as the residential enclave surrounding the Lely Golf & Country Club Resort. Homes in this area harmonize single-family residences with villas, coach and carriage homes, and condominiums to appeal to diverse lifestyles and offer a wide range of prices. Many of the properties in Lely surround the lakes and velvet fairways of signature golf courses. Covering 3,000 acres with azure lakes and pristine preserves, Lely Resort presents a mosaic of amenities and recreational opportunities. Winding sidewalks are ideal for jogging, strolling, and rollerblading. Residents can enjoy elegant dining at the clubhouse, take a refreshing swim, and golf on courses designed by legendary architects like Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Residents of Naples Manor and Lely are only minutes from the expanded shopping, entertainment, and cultural attractions in the city of Naples.

 

Marco Island

Municipal Offices
239-389-5000
www.cityofmarcoisland.com

Chamber of Commerce
239-394-7549
www.marcoislandchamber.org

Incorporating in 1997, the newly minted municipality of Marco Island is home to permanent and seasonal residents who are drawn to the subtropical climate, natural resources, and casual atmosphere. Newcomers will discover a paradise of pristine beaches, water sports, and recreational pursuits that include boating, golfing, tennis, and fishing. This sun-drenched jewel glistening along the edge of the Gulf of Mexico features six miles of beach and more than 100 miles of waterways. Marco is distinguished as the largest of the barrier islands in the Ten Thousand Islands area that stretches to Cape Sable. Many new developments have enhanced the already exceptional quality of life, including a health center affiliated with Naples Community Hospital and a new library. Quality neighborhoods, attractive and diverse housing, fine restaurants, growing commercial enterprises, and thriving businesses make Marco Island an ideal place to call home.

 

Naples

Municipal Offices
239-213-1033
www.naplesgov.com

Chamber of Commerce
239-262-6141
www.napleschamber.org

Ideally situated along the Gulf of Mexico, the city of Naples has matured and evolved into a cosmopolitan center of culture and entertainment. Preserving its Native American and early pioneering heritage, the area contrasts fascinating museums and historic districts like Olde Naples with vibrant new residential developments and commercial centers. Other neighborhoods within the city limits include Seagate, Parkshore, The Moorings, Coquina Sands, Royal Harbor, Aqualane Shores, and Port Royal. Boasting more than 35 golf courses, Naples claims the highest ratio of golf courses to golfers in the nation. Newcomers will also discover first-class tennis courts and racquet clubs, sugar-white beaches, tropical beauty, splendid shells, and a complete array of water sports. The Naples Pier stands as the classic landmark for the city, offering free fishing and hovering over translucent waters filled with dolphins and other marine life. Everglades ecology prevails throughout Naples, where parks, nature centers, a 1,500-acre lake, cypress swamps, gardens, aquariums and a zoological park preserve natural treasures. A strong cultural community, performing arts venues, and fine galleries add sophistication to this tropical paradise.

 

Vanderbilt Beach, Naples Park, Palm River Shores

County Offices
239-774-8999
www.colliergov.net

Chamber of Commerce
239-262-6141
www.napleschamber.org

Newcomers will discover an array of delightful communities in the unincorporated expanse of North Naples that offer equally diverse home choices. Among the developments in this area are Naples Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Vanderbilt Beach Estates, and Palm River Shores. Single-family residences that feature navigable waterfront, beachfront and bayfront properties, and wonderful subdivisions blend with long-established neighborhoods where modest bungalows are shaded by ancient trees. The Vanderbilt Beach area serves as the gateway to premier golf-course communities like the Club at Pelican Bay, Bay Colony Golf Club, and Stonebridge Country Club. Expansive shopping, North Collier Hospital, Interstate 75, and the public Palm River Golf Course are convenient to these communities. At the northern end of the Vanderbilt Beach area lies Del-Nor Wiggins State Park and the Del-Nor Wiggins Pass Waterway, providing access to the aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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