On this week’s Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle:
n Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner: Is Georgia Hiller right about the county spending like drunken sailors? What impact is Hiller making on the board?
n Sandy McClinton, new chair, Lee County Democrats: How can President Barack Obama win re-election?
Will the tea party flame out?
n Dee Sulick, Naples City Council member
Should the city go its own way on ambulance service? Should U.S. 41 be rerouted east to Goodlette-Frank Road?
NewsMakers airs Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7. Highlights of texts and videos are available at naplesnews.com/newsmakers
Lytle: Even City Council can’t escape the Emergency Medical Services controversy. Some people at City Hall are thinking about and even promoting the city having its own ambulance service.
Has that caught up with you yet?
Sulick: Well, as you know, from an article just recently, we’ve had two or three instances where there’s been a delay (getting ambulances to city residents). And I think it’s something that bears looking into certainly; and I think it’s something that the city should look at.
The city ... everything that we do is geared toward giving the best service to the residents of the city of Naples. And if that becomes ... if it’s deemed that that is something that’s necessary, I think it’s definitely worthwhile for us to pursue and investigate and then come to a decision after we’ve looked at all of the pros and cons, the costs and the involvement in stepping up to that.
Lytle: But let me ask you about the big picture. It seems to be some of the delayed response issues we heard about were due to just going to the wrong address.
Lytle: I think I can fix that, especially if it means keeping more of the countywide EMS system together. We already see North Naples kind of going off on their own. Wouldn’t it be better for the better interest of countywide EMS to try to solve the problems rather than have the city go ... ?
Sulick: Exactly. It’s not something that there’s a yes or a no at this point. I think there has to be a lot of investigation as to why these instances happened and what were the real root causes and how to perhaps fix those causes and then work from there.
It’s not something that’s a yes or no answer.
Also discussed on Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7: Rerouting U.S. 41; her bid for re-election?