'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... Trey Radel, Sen. Garrett Richter, Donna Fiala tackle local, federal and state ssues

NewsMakers: Trey Radel 2013

NewsMakers: Garret Richter

NewsMakers: Donna Fiala

Local, state and federal officials tackle issues on this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ airing at 10 a.m. Sunday on ABC-7.

Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner, discusses a comeback for red light cameras and county staff turnover. Florida Sen. Garrett Richer, R-Naples, discusses a controversial grading system for teachers, and a state gambling study he is chairing. District 19 U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers, looks at immigration policy and gun control.

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

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Trey Radel

Lytle: Is this bipartisan immigration reform legislation the right thing to do, or is it good politics for the Republicans?

Radel: Look, I’m a fluent Spanish-speaker. I am in touch with the Hispanic community here, and when I say that, I say that because it’s not about just dangling out, “Hey, we want to give you token citizenship.” What this is about is spreading, not just the conservative but American message to all people of freedom and opportunity, and that’s why people come to this country. And I don’t want to dangle things out there for political purposes. I want to do it to make a better country.

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Sen. Garrett Richter

Lytle: So what is the work of your gaming committee liable to mean for the Immokalee casino and the Bonita Springs dog track?

Richter: The quick answer is, I don’t know. But the longer answer is what the committee is doing is we’re going to be commissioning a study for a third party to actually describe the fiscal, the economic and the social impact to the state of Florida on expanding gaming. Once we have that information and the foundation under which we can make a thoughtful decision, thoughtful legislation, it will go up for ... through the Legislature, and at that point we’ll have a better answer to what is the impact to the existing Seminole contract.

Lytle: Could be a hot political issue in 2014?

Richter: It’s heating up now, and I imagine by then, it will be very hot.

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Donna Fiala

Lytle: So what’s going to happen with county officials leaving? Is anything going to happen, and or is this just welcome to the next four years?

Fiala: You know, I just ... I have no control over that, nor does Commissioner (Fred) Coyle. It’s only the three others that have the control over that, and I’m hoping that they see that ... the damage that can be done.

I fear, next we’ll lose Chris Curry. He’s the best airport manager we’ve had in the 12 years I’ve been on there. I mean this guy has brought the airports to a professional level, and he’s doing business at them, rather than catering to anyone. He’s done a fine job. And for some reason, everybody is focusing on Immokalee. Look a the Marco (Island) Airport. It’s grown, and grown, and grown, and hums along very successfully.

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