This week on Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle, which airs Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7:
Collier County Judge Eugene Turner raps the campaign tactics of his election opponent, Jim McGarity, who declined to join Turner on TV;
Naples City Manager Bill Moss tells what he knows about talk of a convention center for downtown and responds to the suspension of impact fees for a year by the North Naples Fire District;
And new Naples Art Association executive Aimee Schlehr discusses the business side of the arts.
Video highlights will be posted Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers
Lytle: Let me ask you about North Naples Fire Department. They’ve decided to suspend impact fees for a year. Good idea?
Moss: I don’t know how you justify charging a person today an impact fee and they’re not charging somebody else an impact fee for a year. To me that sort of upsets the balance on the market in some way.
But frankly I don’t know what the impact fee schedule is, what the fees are. I know for Naples it’s relatively small. The large impact fees that anybody pays are for the roads and transportation and that’s Collier County.
Lytle: As the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts and Myra Daniels taught us, you must take care of the business side too.
Lytle: Especially in this economy.
Schlehr: Absolutely, and you know, we have had to tighten our belts like any other business. We have had to make some significant changes that were, I think, for the positive. And we have a really good staff on board right now. We are getting ready to bring in our development director, which will help with those fundraising efforts. And then of course, you know, controlling all the expenses is vital to what we are doing.
Most important to everything that we do is our mission, and that is, of course, to support artists of all ages, at all levels, through their creative endeavors. And that’s from the very young to those who are coming out of retirement looking for a new hobby, and ultimately maybe a career.
Collier County Judge Eugene Turner
Lytle: Your opponent says you are double dipping (collecting a pension for past service and a salary for ongoing work), but you are not being paid twice for the same work.
Turner: A campaign mailout was approved and paid for by my opposition. The problem with this is that it’s misleading. The state of Florida requires the judiciary to have high ethics, not just on the bench, but in our campaign. And when you submit something that is misleading, it suggests as to how you will be responding in the future.
I find that it is neither judicious nor fair to object to somebody who is following the law merely because you have a personal disagreement with the law.
We’re not permitted to do that in court. We instruct juries not to do that. We must take the law as it’s given to you by the court, by the Legislature. When you follow that law, you should not be criticized.