NewsMakers: Tim Nance 2013
Collier County Commissioner Tim Nance and Nick Batos, chairman of the Estero Council of Community Leaders, are guests on the next "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.
Nance discusses how long he will maintain support for Dr. Bob Tober as EMS medical director, how will he deal with opposition to oil drilling in Golden Gate Estates and what’s new with the I-75/Everglades Boulevard intersection.
Batos explains why he thinks is it necessary for Estero to push for cityhood, and answers whether Estero will still be able to work with Bonita Springs on other issues such a health care.
Here are excerpts.
Lytle: Will you maintain your support for Dr. Bob Tober as medical director for Collier County Emergency Medical Services?
Nance: I was in full support of Dr. Tober but not for an extended contract. I want to see a contract that’s finite.
Lytle: A couple of years?
Nance: A couple of years so that we can work for it and see if we can get this together. I want to hold everybody accountable, not just Dr. Tober. I don’t think anybody has really distinguished themselves as being ... as bringing leadership forward in this issue, including him. And he and I talked about that individually. But I’m supporting him, and I want to see things move forward. You know, I want to see some people checking these things off the list.
Lytle: So come September, you’re willing to go on the record as saying, you will vote in favor of a contract of a year or two or whatever for Dr. Tober ...
Nance ... Oh yes, I already have ...
Lytle: ... You’re not going to flip on Dr. Tober.
Nance: Absolutely not. Absolutely not. No. I’ve said that I’m in favor of a contract, but not an extended one, and let’s throw up our shirt sleeves and let’s get to work.
Lytle: Nick, I can’t believe we’re having this conversation.
Batos: Well, a few months ago I wouldn’t believe we’d be having it either. I guess as you may be aware we’ve been approached many times over the last seven or eight years to try to support the incorporation movement. We (the Estero Council of Community Leaders) never found that there was a compelling reason to do so. So we never really did it.
About three or four months ago we found out that Bonita Springs had decided to start annexation proceedings of some residents ... about 800 resident voters in Pelican Landing and The Colony, and then just a month ago we found out that they were going into a voluntary annexation proceedings with WCI and the Pelican Landing Homeowners Association for a marina they have there just to the west of the Hyatt.
Lytle: Right. That was it. That was the last ...
Batos: This was the game-changer for us. We were working on great relationships with them. We still hope to continue working with them. But to have portions of our community bitten away at the edges. People I guess are putting a tag on it ... annexation creep. Once you’ve started this, there’s no end. We don’t know where the end is.