'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... St. Matthew's, Vann Ellison

This morning on “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle” at 10 on ABC7, Vann Ellison, CEO of St. Matthew’s House, fights back against the Daily News and looks ahead; Christian Tobin, East Naples/Golden Gate firefighter union leader, pushes for consolidation via the ballot box; and Vin DePasquale, owner of The Dock and Riverwalk restaurants, shares a vision for downtown Naples.

Video highlights are

at naplesnews.com/


Here are excerpts:


NewsMakers: Vann Ellison

He looks ahead at St. Matthew's House.

Vann Ellison

Lytle: In Bonita Springs, St. Matthew's House has pulled away from a controversial site, a former bank.

Vann Ellison: Right.

Lytle: But the owner of the property is keeping the application for a homeless shelter alive, and you've said that you wish that he wouldn't do that because it just raises suspicions and questions: Is St. Matthew's House waiting in the wings and are they going to come in and surprise us again?

Ellison: Right. We haven't been in negotiations. We're not under contract; that's not us initiating this. And it's difficult for us, because the crowd that's opposed to us, they think it's me pulling a fast one on them ... And that just keeps the folks who are angry or fearful in Bonita Springs stirred up. And it's really ... it's sad for them.Christian

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