Governor DeSantis Executive Order Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
May 20, 2020
The city of Naples plans to make it easier for retail stores and restaurants to bring their business outside as coronavirus restrictions ease in Florida.
The Naples City Council voted to make it possible for businesses to apply for approvals that would allow stores to hold sidewalk sales Thursday through Sunday until the middle of June.
Additionally, the council voted to allow restaurants without outdoor dining on private property to apply for a temporary permit that would allow establishments to serve patrons outdoors.
Temporary Use Permits – COVID-19 Re-opening
These permits may allow restaurants, on a case-by-case, limited basis, to expand the areas available for outdoor seating. The temporary use permit for outdoor dining is only for restaurants with an active business tax receipt in the City of Naples and currently do not have approved outdoor dining permits.
The City Council also approved the issuance of temporary use permits for sidewalk sales for businesses with an active business tax receipt in the City of Naples. This is to allow for the outdoor display and sale of merchandise. The temporary use permit is only applicable from Thursday through Sunday each week during normal business hours beginning Thursday, May 14th and expires Sunday, June 21, 2020. Restaurants and businesses interested in applying for a temporary use permit can find the corresponding application below.
Completed applications should be sent to the Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. The fee for a temporary use permit is temporarily waived for qualifying restaurants and businesses.
Temporary use permits shall be restricted to normally permitted current zoning activity and shall be related to the principal commercial activities in operation on the subject property. Temporary use permits shall not be issued to occupy unimproved properties or areas identified as open space, preserve, drainage or detention areas, or landscape buffers. Safe ingress and egress shall be provided to the site, including emergency access measures at all times. If the applicant does not own the area, a letter from the property owner granting permission to utilize the subject area identified within the temporary use permit, during the requested time period, shall be provided by the applicant.
All restaurants and businesses receiving the temporary use permit must comply with the requirements of social distancing and large gatherings of 10 or less individuals in accordance with applicable State of Florida, Office of the Governor, Executive Orders.