A runoff election held on May 19, 1959 between the four options revealed that 53% of Collier County’s 4,737 registered voters had narrowed the choices to two options: retain and enlarge the courthouse at Everglades City or relocate it to East Naples.
Since the relocation of a county courthouse was governed at the time by Florida’s General Election Laws, on Tuesday, June 9, 1959, all bars, taverns and liquor stores in Collier County closed for 12 hours, between 7 am and 7 pm, when the polls were open.
The results of the election indicated 1,674 voters favored East Naples, as opposed to the 1,006 who voted to retain the courthouse at Everglades City.
In December 1959, the County Commissioners began evaluating four sites in East Naples, for the construction of a Government Complex, ultimately purchasing a 20-acre site at the northwest corner of the intersection of East U.S. 41 and the north-south leg of Airport Road. An additional 10 acres were added to the back of the diamond-shaped parcel, and groundbreaking took place on October 13, 1961.
The Collier County Government Complex, reflective of visionary planning and managed growth, was presented to the residents of Collier County on October 30, 1962.