Crane will remain for four months at Fifth Avenue South

David Albers/Staff 
 - A construction crane peers over Fifth Avenue South on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Naples.  The crane is part of the construction for the Inn on Fifth's expansion project across the street from its current location.

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David Albers/Staff - A construction crane peers over Fifth Avenue South on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, in Naples. The crane is part of the construction for the Inn on Fifth's expansion project across the street from its current location.

Fifth Avenue South

Naples

— The 127-foot-tall crane towering over the construction site of a future Fifth Avenue South complex will be a fixture on the street for the next four months.

Phil McCabe, owner of the Inn on Fifth in downtown Naples, said his new $15 million building with suites for the inn, a bank and two retail stores, is on schedule for completion by December.

The 32,000-pound crane rests in an elevator shaft for the new three-story building and will be responsible for erecting the structure’s steel frame. McCabe said the crane could have been shorter and still have gotten the job done, but the tight confines of the construction site and neighboring trees required a larger machine.

"That crane freely turns 360 degrees when they're not using it. They don't lock it. If there are high winds, it has to turn with the winds," he said. "So they had to get above those trees in front of it, and to get it above, pushed it up into another size."

The project has been contained behind fencing on the site since September. The building's anchor tenant will be Chase Bank. Two women's retail shops will occupy the ground floor. McCabe has already finalized a deal with a branch of Chico's FAS Inc. apparel called Boston Proper.

The second and third floors will house 32 hotel suites, and McCabe is so confident that construction will go as planned that he's already started accepting reservations for them next season.

McCabe isn't worried about the crane being an eyesore during high season in the city. He said it's really only visible while driving toward the street and not from street level.

"Pedestrians don't even see it or notice it," he said. "We did actually put some windows in the fencing in front of the site because there's a very big interest in the public in what's going on in there."

Mayor John Sorey said he loves the crane.

"It means that Fifth Avenue is coming back," he said. "I hope to see more construction cranes in the city."

Councilman Bill Barnett said he hasn't heard complaints from residents or visitors about the crane. Councilman Doug Finlay said that while it's not the best-looking structure, he's not as concerned about the crane as he is other city fixtures.

"I guess you can say it looks no worse than the cell tower that is on the north east corner of Fifth Avenue South and Eighth Street South," he said. "At least the crane will be gone in four months."

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light writes:

Landscape it and make it pretty.

Rebar writes:

They should put a big arrowhead on the short end, big feathers on the long end, and a big brass rooster on top.

Then the politicians won't have to guess which way the wind is blowing.

swampbuggy writes:

in response to light:

Landscape it and make it pretty.

You beat me to that comment.

angrytxpyr writes:

The official/un-official bird of South West Florida is the "Tower Crane" so it seems its back. Hey Mayor Sorey(see you are the man now)what does that IDIOT City Mangler, Boss Moss have to say about the Tower Crane and construction. I seem to remember he had some real wiz banger comments about the owls and the parking garage a couple years ago. YA KNOW that guy gets a CRAP LOAD of TAXPAYER money to be the City Mangler so why isn't he allowed to make s----- and publicly embarrassing statements anymore?

allidiots writes:

Anything for Mr. McCabe.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to light:

Landscape it and make it pretty.

Just make it look like a big woodstork in heat, eh?

Good luck finding construction workers!

Ol' GITMO again and OTL!

cozyboy writes:

And at least there's a port a potty at the site. I'm surprised someone hasn't complained about that.

wrightconnection writes:

in response to No_bull_for_you:

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Still funny, but don't wear it out!

freedomsailor writes:

Where is fifth avenue south? And what is it used for?

swfl_ff writes:

I love the comment from Finaly about the "cell tower" at the corner of 5th Ave and 8th St. Hate to tell you buddy that tower has been at that location since the 50's or 60's. It use to have microwave dishes all over it as it was used to transmit long distance calls. The building that it is attached to use to house the old United Telephone Company (now CenturyLink).

swamp4ever writes:

"I guess you can say it looks no worse than the cell tower that is on the north east corner of Fifth Avenue South and Eighth Street South,"

Maybe we should ban cell phones?

M250 writes:

Hey Mr Councilman Doug...We can just get rid of the "cell tower" thats been there forever and then all of Port Royal can complain to the cell carrier about no service. Can you here me now?

wordofmouth writes:

This story is proof at how inept this newspaper is: seriously? A needed crane as part of a constuction project, causing the 10 loudest Nimby's in the city to have something new to scream about, is a top story for you? How about the positives behind this crane being there: that it represents growth, and the building of a new project that will bring, perhaps, millions of $ into the 5th ave/downtown shopping district annually? Oh wait, you can't do that b/c these are the "evil rich" doing all these good things. So, heaven forbid you could report a positive story about it w/in this county. It's papers like this, the management of papers like this, and corporate media structures like Gannett (if they still own this rag) which make me ashamed to be a member of the media. I was taught that the media was supposed to be 'fair and balanced' and to help inform the public. Of course, i learned long before i entered the field that this wasnt true, but i refuse to sit on the side lines and allow media, as a whole, to falsely represent the news, and facts to people.
I'm leaving this state on April 3rd to pursue my career in radio; i will miss a lot of things about this area, but i certainly wont miss this newspaper, or the way in which it represents the 'news' :/.

myrealname writes:

Sounds like somebody is full of sand downstairs...

sukibenson writes:

in response to Rebar:

They should put a big arrowhead on the short end, big feathers on the long end, and a big brass rooster on top.

Then the politicians won't have to guess which way the wind is blowing.

Good stuff. Funny.

sukibenson writes:

in response to wordofmouth:

This story is proof at how inept this newspaper is: seriously? A needed crane as part of a constuction project, causing the 10 loudest Nimby's in the city to have something new to scream about, is a top story for you? How about the positives behind this crane being there: that it represents growth, and the building of a new project that will bring, perhaps, millions of $ into the 5th ave/downtown shopping district annually? Oh wait, you can't do that b/c these are the "evil rich" doing all these good things. So, heaven forbid you could report a positive story about it w/in this county. It's papers like this, the management of papers like this, and corporate media structures like Gannett (if they still own this rag) which make me ashamed to be a member of the media. I was taught that the media was supposed to be 'fair and balanced' and to help inform the public. Of course, i learned long before i entered the field that this wasnt true, but i refuse to sit on the side lines and allow media, as a whole, to falsely represent the news, and facts to people.
I'm leaving this state on April 3rd to pursue my career in radio; i will miss a lot of things about this area, but i certainly wont miss this newspaper, or the way in which it represents the 'news' :/.

via con dios

CollierCountyBailBonds writes:

its good for the area, but an eyesore for now.

alexia6ciula writes:

in response to swamp4ever:

"I guess you can say it looks no worse than the cell tower that is on the north east corner of Fifth Avenue South and Eighth Street South,"

Maybe we should ban cell phones?

YEAH! " Stop calling, stop calling I dont want to pick it up anymore" Said Lady Gaga LOL

JustBeachy writes:

Is it necessary to have the flag of another nation flying on the same pole as the American flag on top of the crane? I believe it is the Italian flag. I have nothing at all against Italy ... it is just not proper flag etiquitte and it should be removed.

Fifthave writes:

in response to JustBeachy:

Is it necessary to have the flag of another nation flying on the same pole as the American flag on top of the crane? I believe it is the Italian flag. I have nothing at all against Italy ... it is just not proper flag etiquitte and it should be removed.

It is the Irish flag genius, the owner of the building is also the owner of the Irish pub across the street.

JustBeachy writes:

in response to Fifthave:

It is the Irish flag genius, the owner of the building is also the owner of the Irish pub across the street.

Doesn't matter whose flag it is! Can you read genius? It is against proper flag etiquitte and does not belong there. So what if the owner is a big shot Irishman ...

EyeOnNaples writes:

in response to angrytxpyr:

The official/un-official bird of South West Florida is the "Tower Crane" so it seems its back. Hey Mayor Sorey(see you are the man now)what does that IDIOT City Mangler, Boss Moss have to say about the Tower Crane and construction. I seem to remember he had some real wiz banger comments about the owls and the parking garage a couple years ago. YA KNOW that guy gets a CRAP LOAD of TAXPAYER money to be the City Mangler so why isn't he allowed to make s----- and publicly embarrassing statements anymore?

My question is what does the City Manager do if there is an Assistant City Manager and a Finance Director. Get rid of somebody for Pete's sake.

EyeOnNaples writes:

The crane is a symbol of new investment and some breath of life breathing back into downtown Naples. When the project is done it will be a compliment to the street and good for the community. Whether you like McCabe or not, he does do good projects. I agree with the Mayor on this. He has the right perspective. Glad to see it. Good for you McCabe.

dwyerj1 writes:

And this article and headline will remain at the top of the electronic NDN for 6 months.

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