Naples Beach Hotel’s days are numbered with demolition to start soon

The Naples Beach Hotel’s days are numbered.

While the landmark hotel’s buildings off Gulf Shore Boulevard will soon come down, some of its elements will live on thanks to the new owners’ charitable donations.

The Athens Group and MSD Partners, who recently purchased the 125-acre hotel property for a multimillion-dollar redevelopment project, known as Naples Beach Club, began the site’s transformation by removing the remaining contents, inside and out.

Valuable contents went to four local charities: Habitat for Humanity, St. Matthew’s House, Greater Naples YMCA, and von Arx Wildlife Hospital.

Donations included everything from indoor and outdoor furnishings and kitchen supplies to towels and soap.

Lending a helping hand

Lisa Lefkow, CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Collier County, said her homebuilding charity received many bedroom suites, as well as patio furniture and other money-making items from the decades-old hotel.

“These things will be sold in our ReStores,” she said. “Some will end up in Habitat homes, as they are selected and purchased by homeowners. Others will end up around the community and the proceeds of all sales will help to build more Habitat homes.”

Last year, the chapter’s ReStores, selling donated furniture, appliances, home décor and building supplies, both new and used, in Collier County, netted more than $1 million to help build homes for families in need.

Trucks for Habitat for Humanity in Collier County and the Greater Naples YMCA leave with donations from Naples Beach Club.

The von Arx Wildlife Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida received towels, its No. 1 ongoing need, said Joanna Fitzgerald, the director.

“We care for thousands of injured, sick and orphaned animals each year,” she said. “To have this donation of towels from Naples Beach Hotel is a huge help for our wildlife hospital, especially as wildlife admissions are on the rise.”