'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Mayor Bill Barnett .. Naples City politics

NewsMakers: Naples Mayor Bill Barnett

Mayor talks about Naples City Council.

Naples city politics, a ban on texting while driving and what’s brewing with the local tea party are all topics on this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle” program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

Phil Lewis, editor of the Naples Daily News and filling in for Lytle, interviews Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Naples Tea Party spokesman Chuck Marshall.

Text and video highlights are available at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

Naples Mayor Bill Barnett

Lewis: Welcome, Bill.

Barnett: Thank you, Phil.

Lewis: Your term for mayor is going to end soon, but it’s not the end of your term on Naples City Council.

Barnett: Correct. I guess I’m going back to where I started — or going to try to, anyway. I’m termed out. It’ll be 12 years next February, and I don’t think that they’ve exactly picked the election date yet.

It will be 12 years, and I can’t run for mayor anymore, and I would just like to finish my political career as a councilperson.

Lewis: So, it would be running for a four-year term as a regular councilman.

Barnett: Yes, yes, and I’m looking forward to it.

Lewis: We don’t know when the election is?

Barnett: Well, you know, it’s usually the first Tuesday in February. This years, I guess because it’s state politics in Legislature and everything, it will be around that time. But our City Clerk Tara Norman hasn’t given us an exact date yet.

Lewis: You still have things you want to get done on City Council?

Barnett: Well, you know we have so many projects that we’re working on, all one has to do is watch one or two of our council meetings. And you know, we’re never ... there’s never a boring time where you’re sitting around thinking, ho hum, what are we going to do with… and especially this year… with budget issues.

You know, I mean there’s a lot of long-term projects that I think I can be a valuable member to our City Council.

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