'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Peter Simmons, a candidate for Bonita Springs City Council.

"Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ wraps up its series on the performing arts and heads back into politics. This week’s guests are

Jim Rideoutte, executive director of The Naples Players; Kristen Coury, founder and producing artistic director of Gulfshore Playhouse; and Peter Simmons, a candidate for Bonita Springs City Council.

Rideoutte and Coury explain their niches in the arts landscape and Simmons discusses issues such as casino gambling and Cafe of Life.

"NewsMakers’’ airs Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

Text and video highlights from this and past shows are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

Here are excerpts:


NewsMakers: Peter Simmons

Issues: Gambling & Cafe of Life.

Peter Simmons

Lytle: How much more casino gambling should we have?

Simmons: My take on that is that the (Isadore) Havenick family has done a wonderful job at the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track, and that’s been a family-owned business for a long time. I know Izzy, and quite frankly that issue ... I’m open to looking at it.

Lytle: But you have to have an opinion.

Simmons: Oh, you know, more business and more revenue. I am a pro-business fiscal conservative, so absolutely. I see the up side, and I’d be interested to hear what down side people hear.

Lytle: So you go into it favorably disposed.

Simmons: I go into it favorably disposed.

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