Local News in Review – June 2019

Top Stories Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Collier County Education Association gather outside of a county commission meeting. (Photo: Emma Dill, Naples Daily News) County agrees to continue funding school safety officers for 2019-20 budget year. Public response to commissioners’ previous decision to fund just half the cost … Continue reading Local News in Review – June 2019

State News in Review – June 2019

Top Stories Governor Ron DeSantis signed a record $91 billion budget and a controversial guns-in-classrooms bill. Florida won’t aid the 2020 Census count. Cheaper prescription drugs from Canada could be heading Florida’s way. Supreme Court’s ruling on gerrymandering doesn’t directly affect Florida. For those stories and more news for Collier voters, read on … But first, Here are … Continue reading State News in Review – June 2019

Local News in Review – May 2019

In May, there was news of interest on several fronts. Top stories include: developments in two proposed projects about which residents had expressed concerns; the City of Naples tightened its fertilizer ordinance; the City of Marco Island is close to on-boarding a new City Manager and Police Chief; and the Collier County School District was … Continue reading Local News in Review – May 2019

State News in Review – May 2019

As I wrote in my May 12 post, Florida’s 60-day annual Legislative Session ended on May 4. Since then, much of the news about state government were stories explaining or editorializing about the Legislature’s actions. This Month-in-Review post includes some of those, as well as more business-as-usual topics. Some of the top stories: Will Florida … Continue reading State News in Review – May 2019

Recapping Florida’s 2019 Legislative Session

Legislators fulfilled their sole constitutional responsibility — passing a balanced budget — last Saturday, May 4, one day later than scheduled. It came in at $91.1 billion, up 2 percent from last year’s $89.3 billion, and set another Florida record. Assuming few line-item vetoes by the Governor, 2019-20 will be the eighth year in a … Continue reading Recapping Florida’s 2019 Legislative Session

State News in Review – April 2019

The Florida Legislature is expected to wrap up its 2019 session this weekend, so I’ll save those highlights for next week. In this Month in Review, I’ll focus on where our elected Governor, Cabinet, and congressional representatives have been focusing their attention. It's a good opportunity to see if their priorities and values align with … Continue reading State News in Review – April 2019

Local news In Review – April 2019

April's news includes several examples of community members affecting elected officials' decision-making, which reminded me: those officials and our governing bodies publish newsletters, alerts and press releases to let us know what’s happening before decisions are made so that we, too, can weigh in. At the end of this post, I list some you might … Continue reading Local news In Review – April 2019

Local news In Review – March+ 2019

The biggest news in this “March” update happened on April 2 when Ray Christman won the Naples City Council Special Election. The Naples Daily News editorialized that “the facts of his win — a majority total in a four-person election; prevailing over a runner-up with citywide name recognition and two other candidates with strengths of … Continue reading Local news In Review – March+ 2019

Update: My post about the Naples Special Election

Naples City Council - April 2, 2019 In my post Monday about the Naples City Council special election, I wrote that candidate Bill Moss did not respond to my emailed invitations to complete to my candidate questionnaire. Later that day, Mr. Moss informed me that my emails were in his “spam” folder and accepted my offer to share … Continue reading Update: My post about the Naples Special Election