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Naples City

Naples City Hall is located at 735 Eighth Street South, Naples, FL 34102; phone: 239-213-1000.

Beginnings [1]

Naples was named for the Italian city and planned as a winter resort as early as 1887, when this part of the State was isolated and all mail and supplies had to be brought from Fort Myers by boat. A frame hotel and a few cottages were built, but the resorts growth was retarded by lack of transportation. The construction of the railroad and the Tamiami Trail led to the building of a large tourist hotel and numerous cottages along the 7-mile stretch of white beach. General W.N. Haldeman, former publisher of the Louisville Courier-Journal, and 'Marse' Henry Watterson, Kentucky journalist, were among the first settlers in Naples and aided in its development.

  1. Federal Works Agency, Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Program, Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, American Guide Series, Florida Department of Public Instruction, 1939.
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