The Naples City Council is scheduled to holds a workshop on Monday morning and to vote Wednesday whether to allow the big band to continue to use the band shell at beautiful Cambier Park in downtown Naples for its Monday evening series. It is scheduled to open January 6 featuring The Four Freshmen as special guests.
The mayor and/or other powers-that-be in Naples apparently feel that parking downtown becomes a problem during those concerts, which easily draw several thousand listeners with lawn chairs. More cars in the area on a Monday evening should not be a factor here. The pick up in ancillary business from concert goers at area shops and restaurants certainly isn’t a problem in my view.
Here’s a link to some local coverage.If you’re one of the thousands who go to these shows, now is the time to step up – and attend the workshop and/or hearing, or at least to call or email the City Council. If you know one of the council members personally, definitely pick up the phone.
|The Naples Jazz Orchestra with Doc Severinsen|
As Joni Mitchell waxed so philosophically in “Big Yellow Taxi”: "you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."Don’t let Naples lose one of its arts treasures. Keep in mind that more than live music is at stake here. So is jazz education, for the money raised at the NHO’s concerts support full music scholarships for its youth orchestra.
It would be folly for the Council to end this series, not that common sense is a required character trait for politicians near and far. They also need to remember that musicians and music fans are also voters – with long memories.