'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... College sports, beach renourishment and the future landscape of Estero

Guests on this week's 'Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle.'

Guests on this week's "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle."

College sports, beach renourishment and the future landscape of Estero are featured on this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ show airing this morning at 10 on ABC7.

Nick Batos and Don Eslick of the Estero Council of Community Leaders discuss problems with the design of the Hertz headquarters, Estero cityhood and trucks hauling sand to Collier beaches.

Leo Ochs, Collier County manager, sizes up long-range plans for beaches and passes, plus economic development progress, airports management and a new contract for Dr. Bob Tober.

Ken Kavanagh, athletic director at Florida Gulf Coast University, discusses Dunk City’s upcoming season and potential expansion to Germain Arena, and shows off the Sweet 16 ring that men’s players will be getting.

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


NewsMakers - Ken Kavanagh

FGCU Athletic Director

Ken Kavanagh

Lytle: With your popularity and basketball success last year, ticket sales are up this year. Parking is on short supply at Alico Arena. Are you ready here to announce that Florida Gulf Coast University will buy Germain Arena?

Kavanagh: No, we’re not there. I mean that would be neat down the road that the demand has reached such points that we really have to seriously consider doing that. But ironically, I was at a previous school that played our games about a mile and a half from our campus because of a situation like that, and there’s a number of schools that do that. But we’re not there yet right now. We first want to get to the point we can sell out every game in Germain, I mean Alico ...


NewsMakers - Leo Ochs

Collier County Manager

Leo Ochs

Lytle: How’s it going with negotiating a salary with the ambulance medical director Dr. Bob Tober?

Ochs: Well, I’m not directly involved in that, Jeff. But our county attorney and our (County Commission) chairwoman (Georgia Hiller) are working I know with Dr. Tober and his representative to finalize a contract. I expect that will be back on our November agenda.

Lytle: Are they going to be up to arrive at a salary that is agreeable to Dr. Tober?

Ochs: My understanding is yes, that they will.


NewsMakers - Batos and Eslick

New Hertz building in Estero

Nick Batos and Don Eslick

Lytle: Are you willing to go to the mat with Hertz over the design of its headquarters. They want something with more glass, more modern, more energy-efficient. Could this be a deal breaker?

Batos: No, I don’t think so at all. I think that our design standards have always been either Mediterranean or something compatible. And there are a lot of ways of making things compatible. And I think that our dealings with Hertz so far is that they’ve been great to deal with. They’ve tried whatever they can do, and I think they’ll continue to do that.

Lytle: So they’re going to be able to achieve something energy efficient, innovative, state of the art, a landmark everybody can be proud of. You think you can still do the deal?

Batos. Hmm, hmm. Absolutely.

Eslick: Yep.

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