'Daily NewsMakers' Jeff Lytle sits down with Collier County Airports Director Chris Curry

Local airports, congressional politics and extreme sailing in the summer Olympics are in the spotlight for this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

Guests: Collier County Airports Director Chris Curry, who discusses problems with his bosses, Collier County commissioners, at Immoalee Regional Airport; Byron Donalds of Naples, seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. House seat now held by Connie Mack IV; and Naples’ Trevor Moore, who will compete in high-speed, two-man sailing in the Olympics.

Highlights of this and past shows are at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

Here are excerpts:

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NewsMakers: Chris Curry

He discusses problems with commissioners.

Chris Curry

Lytle: If I go out there today and do the same thing will I get in trouble? You know, did they get a break? Were any rules broken (when Collier County Commissioner Georgia Hiller, commission candidate Tim Nance and Immokalee airport tenant Steve Fletcher were in a vehicle at the airport unannounced before Thanksgiving)?

Chris Curry: Well, the rule that was broken was that the vehicle was in an area that was restricted. OK. It was a restricted area that really was not to be accessed by anyone other than airport management unless there was some type of special permission that was given to that. And that permission was not granted.

Lytle: OK. But nobody is being punished, so everything is ... I mean, this is making me crazy. Did somebody do something wrong or not, or did, will anybody be held accountable for it?

Curry: Well, there was something wrong, and what was wrong is that we had a group of individuals that went into a restricted area on the airport. The reason that it did not go much further was because we later identified who was in the vehicle, and again the Sheriff’s Department did not actually see them.

So if the Sheriff’s Department was on the airport and actually saw them in the restricted area, then the outcome may have been different.

But the Sheriff’s Department can only prosecute or hold accountable if they see it for themselves.

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