Joseph Rodriguez, Resident of Marbella Lakes Endorses McLeod for Commissioner

Michelle recently paid an impromptu, unaccompanied visit to our community, where she met and spoke with random residents about their various neighborhood and countywide concerns.

Michelle demonstrated wide-ranging knowledge of the issues raised as well as a passion to serve effectively and meet the expectations of constituents.

Michelle’s genuine sincerity, respect, and modesty resonated very well with everyone that she met, and she deservedly gained their support. This was an unprecedented request that I was eager to accommodate, whereas no one else has ever taken that level of interest to understand the circumstances firsthand.

Anthony Cantasano, Resident of Isle of Collier Endorses McLeod for Commissioner

It is refreshing to see someone follow through to help us with our community’s desires. You’ve been a big help in understanding the MSTU process. Keep up the good work.

Michelle McLeod for balanced development

Letter to they editor published in the Naples Daily News, June 25, 2022

I am a full-time resident and business owner in the Bayshore area. I have been fortunate to have had a full and rich corporate career that allowed me to travel the world and live in many great locations. A few years ago I attended a meeting where several speakers talked about the vision for the future of the Bayshore Area as an art and culture destination.

As a lifelong collector of art this appealed to me as a great opportunity to invest in the community in which I live. So a year ago I opened an art gallery on Bayshore Drive. While the CRA has been active in supporting the positive transformation of the area, I also expected my county commissioner to be supportive of the development of this artistic small business focused area.

I have not found this to be the case with Penny Taylor. It seems that only large developments can get her attention. I believe it is time to change the commissioner in District 4. I am supporting Michelle McLeod as she has a history of supporting balanced development.

Catherine Ehrenberger, Naples

Dom Cotugno, Brookside – Endorses Michelle McLeod

“Indeed welcoming to actually have someone spend time to fully understand our critical issues and what needs to be improved in our community.

Your knowledge, experience and enthusiasm is just what we need as our next county commissioner.“

McLeod Receives Naples Firefighter Union Endorsement

The Professional Firefighters of Naples Local 2174 formally endorses candidate Michelle McLeod as candidate for Collier County Commissioner, District Four.  “While serving as a councilmember for the City of Naples, Ms. McLeod was a strong advocate for first responders and helped lead the effort in constructing the Naples Emergency Operation Center.

As a native to Southwest Florida, Local 2174 believes she will offer a fresh perspective that will advance and enhance the quality of life for Collier County’s residents.”

This letter serves as authorization for Michelle McLeod to utilize the endorsement of the Professional Firefighters of Naples Local 2174 to aid in her campaign.

We wish her all the best going forward!

Respectfully,

President Chris Clissold

Professional Firefighters of Naples

Local 2174

 

McLeod Wows Them Again – Wins Marine Industries Association Straw Poll

Michelle McLeod won over the Marine Industries Association during their candidate forum by winning the straw poll.

McLeod knew their problems and shared examples of how to solve their issues based on past successes and ways to improve in the future.

The Marine Industries Association of Collier County Candidate Forum was held Wednesday, May 25th.

Meet & Greet at Brookside Community

Many thanks to the residents of Brookside for hosting a Meet & Greet for me this past weekend.  It was great sharing ideas and coming up with plans to address neighborhood issues.   And a big thanks to Brookside resident, Frank Perrucci for his support.

“As a city council person, Michelle has proven herself to be very involved in improving water quality issues and waterway uses.  I look forward to our continued efforts in improving the health and enjoyment of our waterways.”

 

I have yard signs for those who would like one.  Let me know and I’ll drop one off for you.

Email Michelle: michelle@mcleodforcommissioner.com

 

Divine Timing

Note – Michelle McLeod is a committee member for the Collier Coalition for Healthy Minds.   This is an unsolicited note Michelle received from a resident in Bayshore.

Who is invisible to you?

When we see painful things, or people we are unsure of, they can become invisible.

Take our homeless population, it is so easy to close our eyes to a homeless person.

Is that person panhandling really homeless?

If I give someone money, will they just spend it on drugs or alcohol?

Our unsureness is a green light to create an invisible shield around these people.

They are people, we must remember that.

I had a situation that I would like to share with you, so that you may lift the invisible shield, ask questions, look towards qualified resources to help those who in this present moment, for a variety of reasons, can no longer help themselves.

My husband and I walk the main road outside our neighborhood a few times a week.  There has been a homeless gentleman who sits on the bus stop bench every day.  There is a make shift “bed” behind the bushes next to the bench, this is where he spends his nights.

Every time we walked by and said hello, he would say hello, he never asked for a handout.  Week after week, we saw this gentleman.  We did not know if he had mental illness, addictions, or he just fell on hard times.  We were unsure how to approach him, or if it was even safe to do so.  What we did know is that our hearts were breaking for him and we had to try to help.

We have a very good, very connected county commissioner in our district, Michelle McLeod.  She is always responsive, she actually calls you to hear your opinion.  I reached out to her via email about our homeless gentleman.  I made it clear he was not a nuisance, the police did not need to get involved, we just wanted to see what resources our county had available to help him.  She immediately reached out to the homeless coalition who called me the same day as I wrote the email.  I talked with Frank, told him what I knew about this man, and Frank said he would go into work early the next day so he could drive by and hopefully talk with him.

Michelle called me the following day to ensure me everyone was doing what they could to help.  I talked with Frank a few days later who said he had spoken to this man and was keeping an eye on him.

A few weeks later my husband and I gave this man a gift certificate to a restaurant on the same street as the bus stop.  We talked to him – he had been hit by a truck about 8 months ago and was in the hospital for 66 days.  His name is Mike.  He was embarrassed by his looks.  He felt he was not good enough to sit outside at this restaurant.  We told him he looked fine (and he did), but he could also walk up and order take out if he felt more comfortable.

Our daughter is a social worker who had worked at TMH where she was involved with a number of homeless cases.  She advised that we could help him by getting Mike underwear, socks, T-Shirts, etc.

Here is where the Divine Timing comes in:

On Saturday I went to Walmart and purchased those items along with a toothbrush & tooth paste and some snacks.  My husband got in his car and drove by his bus stop, but Mike was not there.

On Sunday, (Palm Sunday), we grabbed the Walmart bags and took our morning walk. Mike was not there on our way out.  On our way back we saw him sitting on his bench.  As we were about 10 feet from him a large, new truck pulled up, rolled down the window and called Mike over to talk.

My mom instincts went up – who was this person, friend or foe?  We waited a minute or two, then Mike was grabbing the doorhandle of the truck.  My husband stepped up and said, Mike wait, we have something for you.  We handed him the bags and looked into the truck where an “earth angel” young man was sitting in the drivers seat.  He said:  I am taking him to Integrity House, we are a church and we purchase homes to help people like Mike have a second chance. (www.integrityhouses.org) He then said Mike just said to me, “but I don’t have any clothes or food”, and then you two hand him what he needs.

Our hearts soared, tears formed in our eyes.  “our Mike”, was going to sleep in a bed, he was going to be able to use a flushing toilet, things we take for granted.  Mike was getting a second chance due to a chain of events that brought him out of the invisibleness of homelessness.

It was such divine timing that we were all there at the same time.  We were able to give Mike what he felt he needed to be worthy of going to this house.  We were able to learn about Integrity House and know where Mike went, rather than look for him day after day wondering what happened to him.  What are the odds of that?  Divine Timing.

We walked home with our hearts full.  We want to share this story so you too can be part of change, however big or small your part is.  People are good.  Change can happen.  Second chances are there for everyone.

Look everyone in the eye, smile at them.  They are someone’s child, maybe someone’s mother or father, or brother or sister.  They are someone.

The ripple affect is a very powerful thing.

Where will your ripple lead to?

 

McLeod Knocks It Out of the Park at Isles of Collier Candidate Forum

Here’s and unsolicited response from an attendee

Dear Michelle,

You hit it out of the park today at the event at the Isles— articulate, prepared… I could go on.

Great job!

Best wishes,

Jill Johnson, Isles of Collier resident

The audience was greeted by an array of croissant sandwiches, fruit and cheeses as the Candidate Forum for Isles of Collier Preserve began. Most audience participants were unfamiliar with the candidates, so this gave them a great opportunity to meet the candidates for the first time.

Jacob Winge, president of the East Naples Civic and Commerce, moderated the panel with questions specifically design for this audience.

Questions included affordable housing and proper location, preserving green space, enhancing Sugden Park, traffic congestion on 41 and ways to relieve it, methods to encourage developers to build desired outcomes, and more.

It was obvious Michelle McLeod had done her homework and answered with sound facts and methods to solve the problems the community faces, while her panel counter parts were left with short answers that guessed at what could be done. Incumbent Commissioner Penny Taylor primarily restated historical problems and why solutions would be hard to come by.

It was obvious McLeod was reaching the audience as attendees nodded and whispered to each other giving “thumbs up” signs as they listened to solutions provided by McLeod.

Here is just one example of McLeod’s responses to the question: What would you do to remedy traffic issues on US 41 here in East Naples?

Here’s what we know about traffic…

  • Traffic has direct correlations to a variety of different factors.
    • One factor is the economy. When the economy is doing well, traffic is up.
    • Another factor is growth. When growth occurs, traffic increases.
    • Another factor is special events. The more special events we have, the more traffic we will have.

These are just a few factors that directly affect our traffic counts.

  • Our current seasonal traffic counts have not yet hit our peak in 2005 but they are getting close. Current counts shows that there are 7000 more cars in a 24-hour period crossing the Gordon River Bridge than in the last 5 years. As a point of reference, we are still shy 5000 more cars from our peak.

How can we best mange traffic: There is lots we can do. Strategically we can…

  • Encourage green space over commercial or housing projects whenever possible.
  • When green space is not an option, encourage mix use development which encourages people to walk to grocery stores, restaurants, parks, etc. instead of driving to these areas.
  • We can create more live/work environments to lessen traffic. This is a big one.
  • We can support the Complete Streets model to encourage non-motorized transportation with walking and bike paths.
  • We can better manage special events to avoid overbookings on a particular day and area.
  • Though US 41 is a state road mandated by FDOT, we do have the ability to synchronize traffic lights. There’s new traffic controlling software available that better calculates optimal flows of traffic so it would be in our best interest to invest in these types of programs.
  • We need to assure that developments that are being built out east are self-sustaining to help minimize the need for those residents to travel into town.
  • Then there is always the option of adding an additional travel lane on the east trail. When 20,000 more cars are traveling on a roadway that triggers the ability to add an additional traffic lane. In most areas on the east trail there is enough right away to add this.

Of course, there were more questions before and after that, but this provides an example of how McLeod answered each question. Great job Michelle!