'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' Peter Thomas, Save the Phil; Mayor John Sorey, city to buy 6,7 vacant acres on the Gordon River; Donna Fiala, on Dr. Robert Tober as EMS medical chief.

NewsMakers: "Save the Phil" campaign

Peter Thomas and Craig Lyon on petition.

NewsMakers: John Sorey

Discusses vacant acres on Gordon River.

Newsmakers: Donna Fiala

Discusses Dr. Robert Tober.

Headline news stories dominate this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7.

Peter Thomas of Craig Lyon of the "Save the Phil’’ campaign explain what they will they do with all those anti Artis—Naples petitions; Naples Mayor John Sorey pushes for the city to buy 6,7 vacant acres on the Gordon River; and Donna Fiala, Collier County commissioner, is asked whether the county should keep Dr. Robert Tober as EMS medical chief.

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

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Peter Thomas

Lytle: I know you as a warrior (Normandy veteran) as well as a statesman. Have you considered going to the Phil leadership, either the CEO or the chairman, or both, and saying, "Can we talk about this?"

Thomas: Yes, well, this is what we’re planning to do and Craig can back me up if I have it correct or not ... We’re going to go and ask for a meeting with either the board ... I’m afraid a lot of them have gone because it’s summertime coming up. Or (Chairman) Mr. Lautenbach or (CEO) Kathleen van Bergen, and talk to them and ask them ...

Lytle: ... and take your petitions ...

Thomas: ... we’re going to take all the petitions and everything else.

It is just an unbelievable response from the public. There’s no need for this unbelievable name. It’s unbelievable.

And personally I was the voice of IBM for about eight years in New York. I did not only the commercials, but the documentaries and the training films. They never thought of changing the name, IBM. And that’s what we want, the Philharmonic Center for the Arts.

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Donna Fiala

Lytle: Let me ask you about the Dr. Robert Tober issue. How will you come down on that?

Fiala: I think that Dr. Tober had done a fine job. I didn’t agree with some of the things that he’s done in the past by accusing people of cheating (on medical skills tests) and then when it was proven they weren’t, it didn’t come to light that they hadn’t cheated at all.

But all in all, I think he’s done a great job, and he’s a good man.

He’s passionate about his job, probably too passionate. But there’s nothing wrong with being too passionate.

Lytle: Will he have your support going forward as the medical director?

Fiala: So far, I can tell you, yes. I just don’t know who all will be in that group that we’ll be interviewing. But so far, I can’t see why he wouldn’t be.

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Mayor John Sorey

Lytle: When the idea first came up to preserve the Rennaisance Village property at Goodlette-Frank Road and U.S. 41, you weren’t too hot about that, but you feel more passionately about this land plan on the Gordon River. Why the difference?

Sorey: Well ... I think it’s how big a bite of the apple can we take? I didn’t think it was financially prudent for our taxpayers to commit $24 million ... show me the money. Nobody that I talked to was willing to have the kind of increase in their tax rate that it would be required.

Conversely, of everyone I’ve talked to about this space, I have not had a single resident in the city of Naples that has been opposed to this. So it’s unanimous support to buy this property. And I think the key is we buy it, get control of it, and then we’ll work out what uses we’re going to make of it.

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