Friday, December 3, 2021

Historic Site #1 Naples Pier



By Coastal Breeze News Staff

In their effort to increase public awareness of the importance and significance of Collier County’s historical and archaeological heritage, the Historic and Archaeological Preservation Board of Collier County produces a 28 page booklet featuring historic sites in Collier County. The 44 sites highlighted in the book are grouped together by proximity and shown on a locator map.

Each of the sites listed was given the ‘historic’ designation by County Commissioners. The designation of specific sites, structures, buildings, districts and properties may be initiated by the Preservation Board or the property owner. Consideration of the Preservation Board’s findings and recommendations, and upon the consideration of the criteria and guidelines contained in the Land Development Code, the Board



of County Commissioners either approves or denies the petition. The Board of County Commissioners has designated many of the sites and structures as locally significant.

Each of the sites featured in the booklet will be highlighted in Coastal Breeze News.

For more information on this site go to: To contact the Historic and Archeological Board at 239-252-2400.


Naples Pier

(West end of 12th Avenue South)

The original Naples Pier was built by Walter N. Haldeman in 1888 as a dock to unload freight and passengers for the Naples Hotel. At the time, Mr. Haldeman owned much of the Town of Naples through The Naples Company and constructed the 600 foot long pier to provide dockage for large freight and passenger ships. Narrow gauge



train rails spanned the length of the original pier, allowing for freight and baggage to be quickly uploaded from arriving ships. By 1909, a bathhouse and changing rooms were available and freight lifts had been added. The original pier was largely destroyed by fire in 1922 and damaged by hurricanes in 1910, 1926, and 1960.

Today, the Naples Pier is a favorite for sightseers and fishermen with plenty of space to cast a line. It features restrooms, a concession stand with a covered eating area and beach supplies. Fishing from the pier does not require a fishing a license as the City of Naples has a bulk license for the pier. The Pier is one of the best places to catch a spectacular Naples sunset.




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