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Posts to encourage and facilitate informed voting and civic participation in Collier County, as well as opinion pieces and commentary.

Florida Government News for December 2021

December 2021 Florida Government News

DeSantis releases $100 billion Freedom First budget proposal. State challenges to federal vaccine mandates seem to be succeeding. UF accreditation under review due to free speech controversy. Conservationists’ case tossed.

Collier County & Local News for December 2021

Collier County and Local News December 2021

Collier County approves redistricting map. Patton named National Superintendent of the Year finalist. Beach parking, boat launch fees increase. Public Art Committee to be formed. No more Sunday fishing at Naples Pier.

2022 Naples City Council Elections

2022 Naples City Council Elections

Election Day is Feb. 1. Incumbents Ray Christman and Terry Hutchison are running for reelection, facing challengers John Dugan, Beth Petrunoff, and Ian Rudnick. The top three vote-getters will win.

Florida Government News for November 2021

November Florida Government News

Special legislative session a DeSantis victory. Proposed congressional and legislative redistricting maps released. State/federal tug-of-war over vaccine rules continues. Troubling UF free speech controversy widens.

Collier County & Local News for November 2021

Collier County Local News November 2021

Commission redistricting update. New short-term rentals ordinance. Coastal storm risk management study on hold. Naples union workers win big raises. Collier Schools’ Kamela Patton named Superintendent of the Year.

Florida Government News for October 2021

Florida Government News October 2021

DeSantis calls special session to address mask, vaccine mandates. Elections supervisors say democracy under threat. DeSantis wants more election reforms. Redistricting committees won’t hold public hearings before drawing maps.

Collier County & Local News for October 2021

October 2021 Collier County and Local Government News

More zoning changes for apartments and commercial development. Relieving Immokalee Road congestion. Renourishing county beaches. New NCH hospital zoning district. Naples fire chief assumes interim city manager duties.

Florida Government News for August / September 2021

August / September Florida Government News

Fighting mask and vaccine mandates. Slow uptake on federal COVID relief. A more simpatico Surgeon General. Major news media companies sue for access to Florida’s COVID-19 data. Redistricting committees begin meeting with promises of transparency.

Collier County & Local News for August/September 2021

August September 2021 Collier County & Local News

Spending Collier County’s pandemic relief funds. Collier County School District earns another “A” rating. Naples mayor, council may get salary increases. Marco Island mangrove restoration project breaks ground.

Florida Government News for July 2021

Florida Government News July 2021

Another coronavirus wave hits Florida. DeSantis bans vaccine and mask mandates. Florida signs on to lawsuit challenging Roe v. Wade. DeSantis sides with Israel, adds Unilever to state list of “Scrutinized Countries that Boycott Israel.”

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