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Linda & Nick Penniman receive Conservancy highest honor

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has bestowed its highest honor, the Eagle Award, on Nick and Linda Penniman, long-time supporters of the environment and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida at its annual meeting. The award was presented by Van Williams, president of the Conservancy’s board of directors. “It is our honor and pleasure to support […]

How does your Fire Agency compare?

How does your Fire Agency compare?  Comparing costs of one Fire Agency with another in responding to emergencies is not an exact science. There are several variables such as geography covered, types and number of residential and commercial buildings, population and its demographics, to name a few. Fire Agency budgets include Personnel, Benefits, and Operating […]

There are options

There are options Is it in the best interests of Collier County resident/tax payers to split  the Collier County Sheriff’s Office into five separately organized,  managed, administered, operated and funded Public Safety organizations, with five separate training and operation’s protocols, and five separate personnel compensation and benefit programs? Is five separate Collier County EMS Medical […]

Timely Actions?

Timely Actions? There are five taxpayer funded agencies primarily providing medical responses in unincorporated Collier County. CC-EMS, CCSO, and three Independent Fire Agencies (Greater Naples, Immokalee, North Collier, their budgets over $80 million), backed up by Marco Island and Naples Fire Departments as needed. North Collier Fire is a 2014 successful consolidation of North Naples […]

Short Term Home Rentals

Short Term Home Rentals Following the April 9 BCC meeting, the Collier Citizens Council communicated to each Commissioner its opposition to the March 26 resolution for blanket enforcement of a 6 month minimal rental period within unincorporated Collier County. Short term rentals are a complex issue with many apparent and unforeseen outcomes – economic, financial, […]

Letter to County Commissioners about Short Term Rentals

Hon. William McDaniel, Jr., Chair Hon. Andy Solis Hon. Donna Fiala Hon. Burt Saunders Hon. Penny Taylor Dear Chairman McDaniel and Commissioners: On behalf of the  Collier Citizens Council, a coalition of civic and community leaders in Collier County, we respectfully urge you to pause and reconsider your short-term rental policy on property in unincorporated […]

Wanted: Ethical Behavior in Public Service

By Mike Reagen* Seeing Christian Bale’s stunning performance in VICE, the Academy Award-Nominated film, tracking the Vatican Summit, waiting for Mueller’s Report and learning about Florida’s Sunshine Law made me recall Thomas Jefferson’s quote: “I consider ethics, as well as religion, as supplements to law in the government of man.” American Society for Public Administration […]

Public Forum to Clarify the Constitutional Amendments

By Dave Trecker The smoke has finally cleared on the constitutional amendments. After months of agonizing, the courts have whittled down the original 13. By one! That still leaves twelve amendments to bewilder the voters. And it gets worse. Five of the remaining 12 are “bundled,” with two or more unrelated topics combined into a […]