The future of Collier beaches looks to be a good one. Last year a record 14.5 million was brought in through taxes generated by tourism, which could be a good sign for the Future of Collier County Beaches. This year’s number came in at $13 million from the taxes, which is lower but should increase as the economy gets better. Collier County beaches include Naples, Vanderbilt, Park Shore, and Marco which receives approximately half of the 4 percent tourist tax generated through hotels and other short-term rentals. The beaches are a key asset in the area for tourists and snowbirds who frequently visit during the winter months. FEMA gave the county $7 million for damage caused to the beaches from Tropical Storm Fay last year. The money will help replace the sand that was blown off of the beaches during the storm.