'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Blake Gable of Barron Collier Companies and Richard Akin of Health Care Network of Southwest Florida; and Lee Supervisor of Elections, Sharon Harrington

NewsMakers: Sharon Harrington

What went wrong during early voting.

NewsMakers: Richard Akin & Blake Gable

Plans for a new hospital.

NewsMakers: Thomas Patton

Cooperating & competing for new business.

Blake Gable of Barron Collier Companies and Richard Akin of Health Care Network of Southwest Florida unveil plans for a hospital in the Immokalee/Ave Maria area on this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing this morning at 10 on ABC7.

Other guests: Lee County Elections Supervisor Sharon Harrington, on what went wrong during early voting and Nov. 6; and Tom Patton, Charlotte County’s economic development director, on how counties cooperate and compete for new business.

Here are highlights.

* Video highlights will be available Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers

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Sharon Harrington

Lytle: Nothing that happened on Election Day or early voting should have been a surprise. You knew it was coming; even the large ballot. And some supervisors of elections were ready — let’s rock. Your office does not appear to have been ready.

Harrington: We were ... we felt that we ... when we changed the precincts, they were pretty much even across the board. We initially had some, before we made the changes, of over 6,000 voters in one precinct. We don’t have that anymore. I think the highest one we have is about 4,000.

But what we did was, we looked at the trends of early voting and mail ballots. We exceeded ... far exceeded our mail ballots this time than what we had in 2008, and we felt with the continued early voting and the continued increase in the mail ballot that we would still have enough equipment at the polling locations to handle the crowd. And it was a miscalculation.

It didn’t turn out the way we thought it was going to.

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Blake Gable

Lytle: Are you coming at this proposed hospital as a business proposition? Could this in and of itself be a moneymaker?

Gable: You know, I’m fairly certain that if I went to my board and said that I wanted to build a private, for-profit hospital, they would have fired me on the spot. That’s not the way we approached it. What I went to the board with was, we know there’s a need. Someone needs to try to solve this. Let’s figure out how this works.

Lytle: So this makes sense in connection with your other business ventures out in that area.

Gable: It all ties together.

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Tom Patton

Lytle: Charlotte County’s immediate neighbor to the north is a fascinating place, Sarasota County, and you have Manatee County above that, you have DeSoto County to your east ... are you partnering with them?

Paxton: You know, I like to think we are. There’s a not of partnering that goes on when you’re trying to promote your region, but there’s a little bit less partnering that goes on when you’re trying to close a deal.

You know, there’s a little bit of competition between us. I call it “coopetition.’’

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