January 25, 2017
A Naples design panel gave final approval Wednesday to a real-estate developer's plan for a downtown promenade of waterfront dining on Naples Bay.
The six-member design review board voted unanimously in support for the project from Naples Bay Center LLC for five restaurants with rooftop and outdoor dining overlooking the bay near the intersection of Riverpoint Drive and the Fifth Avenue South bridge.
Harry Zea, the project's developer, said construction should start this summer and he hopes to have The Prom on Fifth open by the end of tourist season in 2018.
The project includes two levels of underground parking on the 1.8-acre site, with 296 spaces open to the general public. Approximately 450 seats of rooftop and outdoor dining are planned for the restaurants.
The promenade will also include 10 public boating dock spaces on Naples Bay.
Article by Naples Daily News