December 2017 Month in Review – Local News

December was a busy month for Collier County government. The Board of County Commissioners had what a Naples Daily News editorial called “one of its most notable decision-making days of 2017,” taking a number of important actions. The Sheriff met with a group of community activists about his immigration policy, there were some significant developments … Continue reading December 2017 Month in Review – Local News

December 2017 Month in Review – State News

Published 12/27/17; updated 12/31/17Perhaps the most stunning news in December was the resignation of Republican Senator Jack Latvala, a long-time Tampa Bay leader and candidate for governor, amid an ever-growing scandal involving sexual harassment charges by female staff and lobbyists. Unfortunately, I fear these are not the last harassment stories to come from our state … Continue reading December 2017 Month in Review – State News

November Month in Review – Local News

The naming of Collier Schools Superintendent Kamela Patton as Superintendent of the Year by the Florida Consortium of Education Foundations topped the list of local news for November!Patton was honored for her dedication to Future Ready Collier, an association of more than 50 organizations that try to help prepare children for kindergarten and high school students … Continue reading November Month in Review – Local News

November 2017 Month in Review – State News

What did Florida's elected officials do last month in preparation for the 2018 legislative session that begins January 9th? What amendments is the Constitution Revision Commission considering for our November ballot? Have our local state representatives been in the paper lately? November's Month in Review shares some of the stories I found that address these questions.As … Continue reading November 2017 Month in Review – State News

October 2017 Month in Review – Local News

October's county, city, and school district news was again dominated by recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma. But there was also coverage of our elected officials' efforts to address ongoing challenges of the environment, health and human services, economic development, and school board and district operations.Top stories - Hurricane Irma recoveryCounty estimates $320M of estimated damage … Continue reading October 2017 Month in Review – Local News

October 2017 Month in Review – State News

This month, with little fanfare or publicity, online voter registration became available in Florida. County elections supervisors lobbied for it for years, and the Florida legislature approved it two years ago, wrote the Tampa Bay Times.To me, that’s the most important state news of the month, as it should make it easier for people to register to … Continue reading October 2017 Month in Review – State News

Know your representatives

Recently I learned how to access in one place information I used to struggle through multiple web searches to find: the names, district numbers and contact information of my elected officials across all levels of government.It's available through the Collier Supervisor of Elections website, but it's not very easy to find. Here's how:Go to www.colliervotes.com/sample-ballots and enter your … Continue reading Know your representatives

September 2017 Month in Review – Local News

As at the state level, Hurricane Irma dominated September’s news related to our county and municipal governments and school district, and there is much to report. But I'd like to begin with this quote from Friday’s Naples Daily News editorial:There will be a time to constructively dissect the Irma preparation and post-storm response. Now is … Continue reading September 2017 Month in Review – Local News

September 2017 Month in Review – State News

By far, the top story in state government this month was Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 10, as a Category 4 storm with 130 mph winds. By all accounts (here’s one), its wind speed and evacuations were orders of magnitude worse than some of the biggest hurricanes in … Continue reading September 2017 Month in Review – State News