Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I encourage you to review the most Frequently Asked Questions about our area if you are considering moving to southwest Florida. Additionally, if you would like additional information about the Naples or Bonita springs area feel free to contact me and I’ll point you in the right direction.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is Naples located?
Naples FL is located on the southwest coast of Florida. And, with miles and miles of beautiful beaches, we are now known as the Paradise Coast.
What is the population of Naples and Collier County?
The Permanent Population of Naples as well as Collier County. This information is based on the latest census from 2010. Also, according to the latest statistics, the median age of Collier County residents is 48.5 years old. And, there are just under 100,000 people aged 65 and up living in Collier.
|Unincorporated Collier County||301,860|
|City of Everglades City||412|
|City of Marco Island||16,607|
|City of Naples||19,849|
|Collier County Total||338,728|
Collier County is the second largest county east of the Mississippi River. Surprised? I know I was the first time I heard the statistic. However, when you look at the total area, we have a large amount of agricultural land as well as the vast landscape of the Everglades.
Area – Total Area (sq. miles ) 2,305.02
Area – Total Land Area (sq. miles) 1,998.32
How is the weather?
Naples enjoys tropical weather year-round, with average highs ranging from the mid-70’s to mid-90’s. And, the average lows range from the mid-50’s to the mid-70’s. It all depends on the time of year. In general, we have more than 300 days of sunshine per year.
Collier County Accolades
Ranked #1 Best Place to Retire in Florida by Coastal Living
Naples Best Beach Town to Retire according to Coastal Living
Naples Best Beach Town to live in according to Wallet Hub
Forbes Magazine: # 1 Best Cities in America for Future Job Growth: Naples
Top Twenty Beach Town Housing Markets: #2 Naples, #5 Marco
Top 20 Small Cities in Florida: #16 Naples
Forbes Magazine Top Places to Retire Rich: Naples
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Rankings in FL: Collier Health Outcomes #2
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation HealthRankings in FL: Collier Health Factors #6
University of British Columbia: Happiest Places in USA#4 Naples
USA Today’s Gallup Poll: Top Ten Cities for Overall Wellbeing: Naples-Marco Island #7
America’s Happiest Seaside Towns: #2 Naples
Travelers’ Choice Top 10 Islands in the World: Marco Island #4
Gallup and Sharecare Annual Community Well-Being Index: Naples #1
Conde Nest Top Food Cities: #17 Naples
Conde Nest Top Small Cities in America: Naples #20
Coastal Livings Best Beach Towns for Christmas: Naples #3
Federal Reserve – #1 in FL for any small metro area for economic potential
National Geographic’s 25 Happiest Cities in the U.S.
Best States For Business Tax Climate: Florida #4
Taxes – How do we compare to other counties in Florida?
|Taxes (2014 data)||State
|Sales Tax||Rank within
(out of 67 Counties)
|Collier County (Naples)||0%||11.4896||6%||3rd|
|Lee County (Bonita Springs, Estero & Ft. Myers)||0%||17.5672||6%||36th|
|Orange County (Orlando)||0%||18.1734||6%||47th|
|Palm Beach County||0%||20.2224||6%||60th|
|Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale)||0%||20.8988||6%||62nd|
Source: FL Department of Revenue – dor.myflorida.com/dor
Which airports are close by?
Naples Airport (APF) – Private aviation only
Southwest Florida Int’l Airport (RSW)
Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)
Miami Airport (MIA)
What are the local newspapers in the community?
Naples Daily News 239-262-3161 www.naplesnews.com
Florida Weekly 239-325-1960 naples.floridaweekly.com
Marco Island Sun Times 239-325-1960 www.marcoislandflorida.com
Ft. Myers News-Press 239-335-0233 www.news-press.com
Collier Citizen 239-213-6077 www.colliercitizen.com
How is the healthcare?
Collier County has 4 hospitals located throughout the greater Naples area.
Physicians Regional Medical Center Physicians Regional Medical Center – Collier Blvd.
6101 Pine Ridge Rd. 8300 Collier Boulevard
Beach Parking – What are my options?
All Collier County property taxpayers and full-time residents are eligible to receive an annual permit to park at all City of Naples and Collier County beaches for free.
City of Naples residents may obtain a free annual beach parking permit from City Hall at 735 8th Street South.
Collier County residents (outside the city limits) can obtain a free Collier County beach parking permit at most of the Collier County Community Parks including the Freedom Memorial Park on Golden Gate Parkway and the Collier County Public Library at 650 Central Avenue.
City beach parking permits are available to all others for $50 for parking at the city or county beaches without paying an hourly or daily fee. These permits are available from the cashier at City Hall, 735 8th Street South.
Metered parking and pay stations are also available throughout the city of Naples.
What is Homestead and how do I apply for it?
Every person who owns a dwelling in the State of Florida and who resides in that dwelling, and in good faith makes it his or her permanent home, is eligible for this exemption. Once granted, you are entitled to a reduction of $25,000 from the
assessed value of your dwelling. To qualify you must be a permanent resident of Florida as of January 1, the year you apply for the exemption.
Florida law does allow new homestead applications to be filed prior to January 1 of the year the exemption is to be effective. However, pre-filed applications will only be accepted after March 1 of each year for the succeeding year.
Under Florida’s Save Our Homes Act, the annual assessed value of a Florida Homestead is restricted to the annual increase of the lesser of any increase in the Consumer Price Index or three percent (3%) per year.
Homestead 239-252-8141 www.Collierappraiser.com
Property Taxes 239-252-8172 www.colliertax.com
Utilities & Services
Electric – Florida Power & Light 239-262-1322 www.fpl.com
Water & Sewer – Collier Utilities 239-252-2380 www.Colliergov.net
Garbage Collection 239-252-2380 www.Colliergov.net
Cable – Comcast 888-991-6781 www.comcast.com
Direct TV 888-661-4504 www.directv.com/city/naples-fl/
Internet – Comcast 888-991-6781 www.comcast.com
Internet – Centurylink 239-596-6220 www.centurylink.com
Phone – Comcast 888-991-6781 www.comcast.com
Phone – Centurylink 239-596-6220 www.centurylink.com
Where do I get a license?
Driver License – 11 locations – www.hsmv.state.fl.us/offices/collier.html
Fishing and Hunting – www.colliertax.com/hf.html
Marriage License – www.collierclerk.com/recording/marriage-licenses
Pet License – www.colliergov.net/index.aspx?page=7025
How do I register to vote?
Where may I register? Individuals may register with the Supervisor of Elections in the county of legal residence. The Supervisor of Elections office for Collier County is located at the Collier Government Center at 3295 Tamiami Trail East in Naples. Voter applications are also available at Naples City Hall, Everglades City Hall, Marco Island City Hall, and the Immokalee Tax Office.
Voters may also register at any Florida Driver License Office when making an initial application or renewing a license.
Important Contact Numbers
Naples and Bonita Springs are great places to retire, especially if a happy and healthy lifestyle is important to you. So, if outdoor activities, healthcare, culture and sunshine are key factors in your decision on where to retire or relocate you can’t beat Southwest Florida.
Finally, when you are ready to purchase a single family home or condo in Naples, let me be your guide. With more almost 20 years of experience I can help provide the market information and more importantly, provide insights into individual communities to help ensure you select the best property to match your needs.
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