NewsMakers: Myra Daniels
On name change to Artis--Naples.
Newsmakers: Bob Ball
On the new I-75 interchange.
NewsMakers: Harvey Bennett
On the retirement visa program.
The curtain goes up on the arts, air travel and the economy on this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.
Myra Daniels, founder and former CEO of the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, discusses the name change to Artis--Naples and progress on East Naples youth education center; Bob Ball, executive director of the Southwest Florida International Airport, looks ahead to a new direct route to the airport from Interstate 75; and Harvey Bennett, senior vice president of Florida TaxWatch, sizes up the Florida economic rebound.
* Video highlights will be available Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers
Daniels: I have full faith in the Phil. You know, I’ve never loved anything like I’ve loved the Phil. And I still love the Phil. And I want it to flourish.
But I don’t want it to be stabbed.
Daniels: Has it been stabbed?
Daniels: Well, read your own columns and letters to the editor. The new name, I think, has some problems. I have great faith that the board is wise enough to see that the research here on the ground floor is very telling. Don’t you think that?
Lytle: How has the institution been stabbed?
Daniels: I guess maybe because nobody really understands the reason why you change a full name that’s successful. I don’t want to get into a personal catfight. I want the right thing done by the Phil.
Lytle: So the new I-75 interchange is going to be between the Daniels and Alico roads exit.
Ball: That’s correct, yes.
Lytle: So that could save a good five, maybe 10 minutes.
Ball: It’s going to save considerable time, and it will also provide relief to the current intersections on 75 at Daniels and Alico.
Lytle: The retirement visa program could be a game-changer.
Bennett: Absolutely. Many countries in this world have so-called retirement or silver visas where they allow well-documented, people of good means, wealthy, healthy, well-documented to retire in their nation, agree not to take a job so you avoid the so-called illegal alien issue, job issue; but bring their assets with them. We’ve got plenty of homes in Florida for them to buy. Plenty of businesses they can invest their money in, and they would be allowed to spend the golden years of their life in the Sunshine State.
We think that’s a great idea.