'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Penny Taylor; Randy Henderson; Wess Norris

Video and text highlights of this and other shows are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

NewsMakers: Penny Taylor

She explains her comeback bid.

News from three leading Southwest Florida cities highlights this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

Penny Taylor, a 10-year veteran of Naples City Council, explains why she wants to come back after two years off.

Randy Henderson, Fort Myers’ mayor, outlines ambitious plans for downtown redevelopment of the River District, including a restored jazz/swing club.

Wes Norris, a Bonita Springs City Council candidate, sizes up the future for the dormant Shangri-La?

Video and text highlights of this and other shows are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

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Penny Taylor

Lytle: Penny, why are you doing this?

Taylor: I feel that I can bring perspective to the City Council. I sat out for two years. I’ve watched ... I’ve watched them. I’ve watched decisions being made, and I think they’ve done a fabulous job ... but the economy has been ...

I was on City Council, you know, when it all started happening, and it was frightening. We were gripped by fear. We didn’t know what was going to happen. Now I think there needs to be some new energy involved.

Sometimes ... sometimes striving for efficiency ... there’s a line and it can become inefficiency; and I’m a little concerned about some decisions being made.

Plus, I like to serve the people. I was able to affect small changes, work as a team, see results and and it was very satisfying.

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NewsMakers: Wesley Norris

He sizes up future of Shangri-La.

Wes Norris

Lytle: Let me ask you about Shangri-La.

Norris: Shangri-La. Yes, sir.

Lytle: What’s going on? And what role should the city play, if anything?

Norris: What’s going on, I believe, is ... I compare it to the Disney purchase in Orlando many, many years ago. No one knows what’s going on. It’s a huge secret and it has been since I’ve been in Bonita Springs since 1981-82. No one ever knows.

I saw in your paper today (Dec. 7) they’re going to open it ... a small opening for some meetings and some things of that type.

I would like to have seen City Hall there back when we were looking for a place for city hall.

Lytle: Too late for that.

Norris: Too late for that, absolutely. But that’s what I would have liked to have seen. I’m glad it’s going to open. I think it’s very positive.

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NewsMakers: Randy Henderson Jr.

He outlines downtown redevelopment.

Randy Henderson

Lytle: Your River District is right there on Caloosahatchee River, which is a terrific amenity in itself.

Henderson: As a matter of fact, this last piece of the puzzle ... we aimed at engaging that river opportunity to invite others would come by water or just come to enjoy the water.

Lytle: You’re going to also have room for concerts and things down there.

Henderson: I have a dream, the council has a dream that we will have an amphitheater down there to do just that.

Lytle: That shows up in your drawings.

Henderson: Yes, it does. And I think it will be powerful. The infrastructure that we’re going to break ground on in the first quarter of next year will give an inviting entrée for this opportunity in the way of esthetic beauty and it’s very exciting.

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