No zoning change for Isles of Capri
Isles of Capri is liked by many for its location, mixture of houses, and entry to fishing — backwater and offshore. People go to for leisure eating provided by 4 eating places in a tropical waterfront setting.
When developed in the ’60s, it was zoned residential with a centrally situated space for minimal enterprise/business enterprise. The zoning designation C-3 assures the atmosphere desired by residents who select to purchase as full-time or part-time house owners.
A developer, Fiddler’s Creek, desires to change zoning to permit a 14-story rental, 200-seat personal membership restaurant, moist and dry boat slips, ship retailer, and so on. to drastically alter the look and use of an environmentally delicate island. As a 21-year resident, I be a part of my fellow Capriers in strongly advocating no change of zoning.
Paul Westberry, Naples
Strongest workforce for Naples City Council
For years, too many points essential to Naples residents had been ignored. Two years in the past a brand new metropolis council was seated and so they took motion to tighten constructing variances, totally fund our storm water grasp plan and lakes remediation. They accredited resident-only seaside parking on lots of our streets.
Incumbent council members Terry Hutchison and Ray Christman led these efforts and are greatest geared up to proceed voting for optimistic change for Naples. They perceive that Naples is at the beginning a residential city, and that defending our fragile surroundings is important to long-term financial vitality.
Beth Petrunoff is by far the most certified candidate to be a part of this management workforce. She shares their core values and likewise brings beneficial enterprise expertise, workforce constructing knowhow and a refreshing can-do perspective. She has impressed voters together with her in-depth understanding of the key points. She isn’t tied to any particular curiosity teams. She will likely be an unbiased voice with recent concepts. Beth is worthy of broad voter assist and can strengthen the workforce at City Hall.
Vote Hutchison, Christman, Petrunoff.
Anne Carlucci, Naples
What Black History Month means to me
I’m white. I grew up throughout the closing chapters of an period when one knew one’s place. We didn’t want to be taught that good individuals had been Christians, that boys had extra essential roles in life than women, and that being white was higher. These had been a lot part of our tradition that, rising up, we knew which was our rung on the ladder.
But occasions, they had been a-changing, and present occasions challenged this order. George Wallace made a speech “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” and was cheered for it. Schools built-in, typically with violence, the civil rights motion divided the nation, and Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize, however was later assassinated. Cities burned. Moral consciences awoke.
Black History Month was included into public faculties in 1976, however it wasn’t till my very own youngsters attended college that it had an affect on me. I discovered from their assignments that my ignorance was each embarrassing and blind. A void existed the place there ought to have been a wealth of data on a subject basic and central to our improvement as a nation, and my very own historical past.
I lived and labored in the Washington DC space, and liked the metropolis with out figuring out its majestic Capitol, stately White House, and gothic Smithsonian had been constructed by slaves. I knew Frederick Douglass and Harriett Tubman, however nothing of Dr. Charles Drew, to whom I seemingly owe my life. My fathers and uncles all noticed fight in WWII, however the roles of the Arlington Black code-breakers, Tuskegee airmen, and Air Force Gen. Benjamin Davis went unpublicized.
Black History Month teaches American historical past. It teaches about struggle heroes, poets, artists, musicians, inventors, scientists, educators, authors, and the on a regular basis heroism of extraordinary women and men who’ve to battle for what so many can take for granted. And it continues to train me about the cloth of American life, the wealthy layers of its tradition, the disparity that may poison our effectively, and the hopes I’ve for our future.
Susan McGuire, Bokeelia
The fact will unite us
Some have mentioned that President Biden’s speech on the anniversary of Jan. 6 was divisive although he had promised he would strive to unite us. However, Biden is aware of that solely the fact can unite us. As lengthy as Trump Republicans imagine the Big Lie we’ll by no means be united. Therefore, he made a robust argument for validity of the 2020 election and for the proven fact that the Big Lie is certainly a lie.
Henry Hall, Fort Myers
Keys to reasonably priced Collier housing
As a retired actual property agent fascinated with Collier County reasonably priced housing, here’s what I see. There isn’t a lot now, with little in the pipeline. Commissioners accredited a rental complicated not way back with some proportion of the flats put aside for “essential workers” outlined as well being care, police and firemen. Since this complicated will proceed to be owned and managed by business pursuits, I believe as soon as full the set-aside will one way or the other be forgotten. Incentives to builders have a method I imagine of being forgotten as the revenue motive kicks in and workers and commissioners change over time. My resolution, which isn’t new, is that reasonably priced housing can solely be assured by authorities sponsorship, possession and administration. Anything commercially owned will ultimately succumb to market circumstances and get elevated out of the reasonably priced class. To allow the authorities involvement, I see three avenues open. First, subsidy by federal, state and native jurisdictions. Second by elevated taxes on the basic inhabitants who will likely be served by the occupants of reasonably priced housing, and third by personal contributions akin to are continuously supporting our charitable, medical and social efforts to support the much less lucky.
Charlie Berry, Naples
Keep Collier’s profitable college board
Local college board elections will quickly be upon us. Please be aware of the info:
Collier County Public Schools commencement fee remained excessive regardless of a pandemic, distant studying, and the challenges introduced with having to ship an entire new method of educating through laptop.
Unlike different public college board conferences, Collier had few, if any, raucous, offended crowds, disrupting the enterprise of the board. Keep political grandstanding out of the faculties.
Unlike 5 years in the past, Kelly Lichter and Erica Daniels weren’t on the board, inflicting expensive mediation due to their unreasonable, self-serving calls for.
Unlike many constitution faculties, Collier County Public Schools serves ALL youngsters, no matter their disabilities, household challenges and financial standing. Public funding is supposed to fund training for all youngsters.
Under the route of Kamela Patton, superintendent, the faculties had been secure and effectively run. Indeed, Kamela Patton was voted greatest superintendent in the state of Florida; she is in the operating for nationwide recognition.
Politics and self-interests have stayed safely away from the operations of our faculties. The educating workers are skilled professionals delivering public training, separation of church and state, as assured by our federal authorities.
Re-elect our present functioning School Board, who’ve discovered the key steadiness between good enterprise sense, excessive requirements, equity, and security.
Sandra L. Button, Naples
This article initially appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: Letters to the editor for Tuesday, February 1, 2022