Hello! My name is Ed Kant. I have been a resident of Naples and Collier County for over thirty years. I came down here from the frozen north (New England, actually) to see what I had been missing and I never looked back. I sold my private engineering practice in Connecticut and moved here permanently.
In the time I have been here I have seen our community grow from a relatively intimate vacation and retirement community to a more metropolitan center for southwest Florida. Thirty years ago, all of Collier County had only about 50,000 permanent residents. Today we are pushing 450,000, although the growth has slowed considerably. Up until my retirement from Collier County government about six years ago I was the County’s Transportation Operations Director. Prior to that time I served as the Transportation Services Director. Before coming to Collier County government, I served in Lee County as Transportation Capital Projects Manager and Manager of Design and Construction. When I first came to Naples, I was in the private sector as an executive of a medium-sized engineering firm and then had my own company for about four years until coming over to the public sector.
Retirement means many things to many people. Since I do not play golf or tennis and since I have been to the beach at least once, I decided that in my retirement I wanted to write and to teach. I have been blessed with the ability to do both – plus a little real engineering to keep up to date in my areas of practice. Since my “retirement” I have been working as a consultant for several large multi-national engineering firms as well as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Florida’s Transportation Technology Transfer Center. In addition, I am an invited lecturer at the University of Washington’s Transpeed Institute in Seattle and Spokane, and an invited lecturer at Florida International University’s Lehman Center for Transportation Research. Most of my university teaching is in the areas of highway safety and low-cost solutions for fixing safety-related roadway issues. I also teach several courses in Work Zone Traffic Control and Traffic Safety for the American Traffic Safety Services Association. In addition, over the years I have published a number of papers in several technical journals and I am a sometime contributor to the Naples Daily News Letters to the Editor. My most recent post in the Letters column was a response to a guest commentary regarding the red light cameras catching him drifting past the stop line and wondering why he got a ticket, excuse me, a code violation notice…
This blog/column is a new venture for me and I hope to be able to provide readers with answers to some of the issues that have been getting headlines or that I have been asked by friends, such as: when is a STOP really a STOP; why can’t we get more STOP signs; why do we need so many signs; what does all that paint on the street mean; and, any other traffic or transportation related question you may have. Please email me at the address shown below if you have any questions or care to comment on any of my observations.