Three big headline stories are featured on this week’s Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle program airing at 10 Sunday morning on ABC7.
Chris Curry, now-former Collier County airports director, is asked: Will he sue the county over his dismissal? Is the NAACP’s claim of racism helpful?
Roger Desjarlais, Lee County manager, is asked: Can Lee really stop Naples beach sand trucks from using Lee roads? Also, how many layoffs will be coming for county employees due to budget cuts?
Kevin Rambosk, Collier County sheriff, discusses how he will he enforce a new state texting-while-driving law, and how the CCSO has adjusted to the loss of red light cameras.
Here are edited excerpts.
* Video highlights will be available Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.
Lytle: What happens if Collier County officials hear your concerns about the truck traffic on Lee County roads, and they say, you know, "These are public roads. We really need to bring some of those sand trucks into Lee County roads. We’re going to do it anyway,’’ Can you stop them?
Desjarlais: No. We have no legal right to stop them from using the roads. And we have acknowledged that to the Collier County folks. The trucks will roll on our roads, and we will just keep track of them and hope that there won’t be any accidents. Hope that the trucks will observe speed limits and if there’s damage to the road afterward, we’ll work with Collier County to repair the roads.
Lytle: Your advice to your successor, if there is to be one, would be what?
Curry: I would say, come in, focus on running the airports and manage the airports day by day, because that’s as much guarantee as you have working with the county commissioners.
Lytle: How are you dealing with the loss of the red light cameras?
Rambosk: We did not look at replicating what the lights did, because that would be too manpower intensive. What we did do though is specifically look at placement of deputies to enforce what intersections had the highest violation rate, the highest crash rate. And we’ve also identified areas throughout the county where we encourage our deputies when they’re doing reports or other activities to sit in those high-visibility locations so people know that we are there; we have been enforcing; we haven’t seen a significant increase in accidents related to red-light running.
But we still get them, and we’re going to continue to enforce. And as I mentioned to the County Commission that we’re going to do everything we can to continue to keep our roads safe with the tools we’ve got.