'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' Fire consolidation progress, Naples Municipal Airport noise issues and spearfishing for the dreaded lionfish

Viewers learn about fire consolidation progress, Naples Municipal Airport noise issues and spearfishing for the dreaded lionfish on this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7. Guests are: Jeff Page, East Naples Fire District, and Kevin Gerrity, Golden Gate Fire District; airport watchdogs Alan Parker and Larry Schultz; and Bill D’Antuono of SCUBAdventure.

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

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Bill D’Antuono

Lytle: How can the lionfish do so much damage to reefs? That’s hard to get through my head.

D’Antuano: Well, it’s an invasive species. And there are no natural predators out there, and they just eat, and eat, and eat, and eat. They can lay 30,000 eggs every four days, and nothing eats their eggs, so it’s just mass destruction. When they start getting on the reef, they expand and grow, and nothing is stopping them except for spear fishermen.

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Jeff Page and Kevin Gerrity

Lytle: The efficiencies you are talking about .. man, this is just like a business.

Page: Exactly.

Lytle: This is just how taxpayers have to run their own household budget, and you’re doing it.

Page: Well, we’re not doing it yet, but you can almost taste it in the air. We’re very close.

Lytle: Agree?

Gerrity: Yes. We really need the taxpayers to help us and push the commissioners into this. It’s a deal that we don’t want to miss.

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Alan Parker and Larry Schultz

Lytle: Because it’s public record, the airport can publicly disclose who’s doing the complaining about airport noise; you say turnabout should apply too, and the airport should publicize the planes and the owners who are violating the curfew.

Parker: And the passengers. Because the people who sit in the back seat of those jets, they are really driving the bus. They drive the schedule. They’re paying for those flights. They own those flights. So we’d like to have the whole thing. Let us know their addresses and telephone numbers.

Lytle: How does the airport respond to that?

Parker: Well, they ... by law they’re not required to ... well, they basically ignore it, but by law they’re not required to manifest the passengers on private planes.

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