EAST NAPLES — Collier County commissioners want a citizens committee to look again at putting an ATV riding park on a former jetport site in the Big Cypress National Preserve.
Off-road riding trails were part of a larger outdoor recreation plan for the site, now a training airport owned by Miami-Dade County, but that county withdrew the plans in 2010 in the face of opposition from state growth regulators and environmental groups.
Commissioner Tim Nance suggested Tuesday that the committee “re-examine the issue” with Miami-Dade County. Commissioner Tom Henning said he liked the idea.
A citizens committee set up in July 2012 has been unable to find a spot to put a park for ATV riders in Collier County and asked commissioners Tuesday to extend the search to surrounding counties. Commissioners extended the committee’s work for another year.
The committee plans to explore partnerships with existing riding parks in Hendry County and with a proposed park near Punta Gorda, using $3 million the county got in a settlement with the South Florida Water Management District over an earlier search.
Henning said he didn’t want the county’s search for an ATV site to end up bailing out some “yahoo” who has mined his land but has been unable to sell it to a developer.