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Developer cuts off museum, homes

A developer bulldozed a road, cutting off access to a museum and several residences in the small fishing community of Chokoloskee near Naples, reports. Now the argument over whether Mamie Street is a county road or part of private property owned by Florida-Georgia Grove LLP has gone to court.

The museum (last year it got as many as 200 visitors a day) has temporarily closed because access involves driving on a private gravel road and treking along a dirt path. The museum was established in 1906 as a trading post and moved to its current location in 1917.

A representative of Florida-Georgia Grove told the Naples Daily News in April that the company decided to rip up the road after learning the Army Corps of Engineers would recommend against a permit for an alternate access road. The company didn't want Mamie Street to be considered an access road.

Posted by Times Editor at 6:18:52 am on May 18, 2011