Live Updates: Collier commissioners don't renew contract for Airport Director Chris Curry

FILE -- Steve Fletcher, owner of Fletcher Flying Service, lands one of his Air Tractor 802 at the Immokalee Regional Airport in 2011.

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FILE -- Steve Fletcher, owner of Fletcher Flying Service, lands one of his Air Tractor 802 at the Immokalee Regional Airport in 2011.

Collier County Airports Director Chris Curry on NewsMakers 06-09-13.

Collier County Airports Director Chris Curry on NewsMakers 06-09-13.

Daily News multimedia journalist Aisling Swift will be live tweeting today from the Collier County Commission meeting. Items on the agenda include a discussion about the county manager taking over management of the Collier County airports, and the Collier County Airport Authority executive director's employment agreement with Thomas C. Curry.

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Despite public pressure to keep Airport Manager Chris Curry, Collier County commissioners voted 3-2 on Tuesday not to extend his contract past September, with commissioners Tim Nance. Georgia Hiller and Tom Henning dissenting.

Commissioners Donna Fiala and Fred Coyle defended Curry, with Coyle urging a new contract for the outgoing director, who is leaving after three years. After the vote not to extend his contract, Curry said he would consider all legal options. Curry has his own airport consulting company, TCC Aviation.

Commissioners also voted 3-2 to let County Manager Leo Ochs manage the county airports, and rejected consideration of an outside management contract with Unison Consulting Inc.

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Collier County commissioners voted today to mail a survey to Isles of Capri property owners to determine whether they want to join the East Naples Fire District or remain on their own.

The decision came four months after commissioners voted to consolidate the districts, a move opposed by Isles of Capri, which wanted residents to have a voice in the decision. Earlier this month, after an outcry, commissioners agreed to take a straw poll. How that would be conducted was finalized today.

The county will mail out the survey, with a returnable, stamped envelope, for a vote in November. There will only be two issues to answer yes or no:

■ Should the Isles of Capri Rescue and Fire Service Taxing District remain under the authority and control of Collier County at a current tax rate of 2 mills, with a projected millage rate increase in 2015 to at least 2.5 mills if Fiddlers Creek remained in the district and at least 2.8 mills if Fiddlers Creek joined the East Naples Fire District?

■ Should the Isles of Capri Rescue and Fire Service Taxing District join the East Naples Fire District at a current rate of 1.5 mills, with any future increase determined by the voters of the new East Naples Fire District?

If Isles of Capri residents want to set up their own district, County Manager Leo Ochs said they’d have to act quickly to seek a special act of the Legislature in 2014.

“If that’s the way they’re going,” Ochs said, “they’d better hurry up.”

Click here to read the full agenda.

■ Go to www.colliergov.net to watch the meeting.

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