March 8th will now be recognized as “International Women’s Day in Collier County” as proclaimed by the Collier Board of County Commissioners to highlight the work the Women’s Foundation of Collier County accomplishes to benefit women and girls in our community! The proclamation, sponsored by County Commissioner Andy Solis, acknowledges how WFCC positively impacts the […]
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After the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting, the state created an initiative towards a school safety mandate allocating $3 million toward placing a sworn deputy in every public and charter school. This initiative is in the 4th and final year of its funding. The safety of our children and teachers should always be a […]
I was fortunate to serve on the Naples City Council from 2016 to 2020. In those years, I helped lead the efforts of three significant landmark projects. Design and construction of Baker Park Reconstruction of the Naples City Dock Construction of the City’s Emergency Operation Center All three of these projects were started and completed […]
First and foremost, Collier County needs an economic plan that includes long-range planning for smart growth sustainability. This plan should: Entice companies to bring high wage jobs to our area Appeal to young professionals Diversify the economy Create self-sustaining communities Support small businesses Make available useful resources, be it human or product resources. Utilize asset […]
I maintain the core belief that everything important starts at home. Having a safe, healthy and structurally secure home helps build strong and healthy individuals and families. And these homes must be affordable to help ease stressful, financial struggles. Government has the tools to help encourage housing that is sound and affordable. I support policies […]
To address mental health and substance use disorders in Collier County, I was a part of the Collier County Ad Hoc committee that created the first-ever 5 year strategic plan to address these issues in our county. The strategic plan includes the following six priorities: Building a centralized receiving facility Housing and supportive services Increasing […]
With decades of business experience in Collier County, I have always struggled to find talented, innovative, problem solving employees. That is why I strongly support the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and its legislative priorities for workforce education programs, training, internships and apprenticeships so that we can draw highly competent and competitive, job seeking individuals […]
As a native Floridian and avid outdoors person, water quality has always been top of mind to me. I grew up on the water… swimming, boating and skiing. I want all to enjoy the wonders and beauty of our waterways. That is why I support the acceleration of water quality initiatives that keep pollutants from […]
Like Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation says, unlike development practices of 100 years ago, development today can happen in an environmentally sensitive way. Development and the environment can coexist. ” I agree with that concept and support smart growth policies that protect private property rights while also being sensitive to the environment. The […]