Week ahead in state and local government: Feb. 17 to Feb. 21

Marjory Stoneman Douglas with Chief James Billie.

Submitted by Linda Fasulo

Marjory Stoneman Douglas with Chief James Billie.

Here’s a look at some of the events and major state and Southwest Florida government meetings that could generate news reports in the coming week:

Monday

■ It’s Presidents’ Day. Many government offices and Lee and Collier public schools are closed.

■ The Collier County Tourist Development Council will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Commissions chambers, third floor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 U.S. 41 East, East Naples.

■ The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee is slated to take up a bill (SB 198), filed by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, that seeks to block employers from taking steps to access workers’ social-media accounts. It’s at 4 p.m., 110 Senate Office Building, the Capitol.

■ The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee will consider a proposal (SB 192), filed by Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, that would ease the state’s lobbyist gift ban by creating exceptions for food and drinks at certain types of events. It’s at 4 p.m., 412 Knott Building, the Capitol.

Tuesday

■ Lee County commissioners will hold their regular meeting at 9:30 a.m. in commission chambers at the Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers. Commissioners will look at purchasing bus shelters for LeeTran and whether to provide additional law enforcement in the Orange River during the times manatees seek warm water refuges in Lee County.

■ The Marco Island City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 51 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Council members will discuss an ordinance amending the land development code to allow Rose’s Marco River Marina to build a storage barn and service building.

■ The 10th annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival kicks off with an opening luncheon at 10:45 a.m. at Everglades Isle, 803 Collier Ave., Everglades City. The festival, which runs through Saturday, is made up of daily activities, programs, workshops and presentations all about the Everglades. The festival is named for the journalist and environmentalist known for her staunch defense of the Everglades against efforts to develop it. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.msdfestival.com.

■ There is no school at Lee County Public Schools due to a teacher inservice day.

■ The House Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill (HB 169), filed by Reps. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, and Ronald “Doc” Renuart, R-Ponte Vedra Beach, that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. It’s at 1 p.m., 12 House Office Building, the Capitol.

Wednesday

■ Naples City Council will hold its regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 735 Eighth St. S. The council members who won the election in January will be sworn in. Council will also discuss sewer and wastewater capacity improvements along Bembury Drive, 13th Avenue North, 14th Avenue North and 15th Avenue North and levying $24,376 per property to hook them up to the city’s utility.

■ Bonita Springs City Council will hold its regular meeting at 9 a.m. at City Hall, 9101 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Council members will discuss a code of conduct for elected officials and will elect a deputy mayor.

■ The House Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee will take up a proposal (HB 851), filed by Rep. Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami, that would deal with a series of university and college tuition issues. That includes a proposal that would allow in-state tuition for children who are U.S. citizens but whose parents could be undocumented immigrants. It’s at 1 p.m., Reed Hall, House Office Building, the Capitol.

Thursday

■ The Naples Airport Authority will hold its regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 735 Eighth St. S. The authority will discuss the airport’s noise program and current status.

■ The Collier County Planning Commission will meet in commission chambers at the Collier County Government Center, 3299 U.S. 41 E., third floor. Commission members will discuss revising the Brandon Residential Planned Unit Development, including changing the location of the entrance road on Veterans Memorial Boulevard.

■ The state university system’s Board of Governors will meet. Among the items on the agenda are a report from Chancellor Marshall Criser and confirmation of new presidents for Florida Atlantic University and Florida A&M University. It’s at 1 p.m., Traditions Hall, Gibbons Alumni Center, University of South Florida, Tampa.

Friday

■ Orlando attorney John Morgan, who has spearheaded a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana, will appear at the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa. It’s at noon, Maestro’s, David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa.

Saturday

■ Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton will speak during the Collier County Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner. It’s at 7 p.m., Waldorf Astoria Naples.

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CopWatch writes:

Tuesday - City council will consider changing name of Bald Eagle Dr. to Forklift Thruway.

■ The Marco Island City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 51 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Council members will discuss an ordinance amending the land development code to allow Rose’s Marco River Marina to build a storage barn and service building.

Konfuzius writes:

The dilemma is that some people on Marco Island believing money is everything. It is not. Another ugly development direct in the neighborhood of residential areas is terrible. City Council stop it!

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Peter_Panzer:

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Peter Panzer alias Albert Speer the GESTAPO denunciator!!!
That is not the modern America. How long can he do it on this blog?

gladesgator writes:

John Morgan in Tiger Bay Club in Tampa!! What idiot put this in this paper?

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784.048 Stalking; definitions; penalties.—
(1) As used in this section, the term:
(a) “Harass” means to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress in such person and serves no legitimate purpose.
(b) “Course of conduct” means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of “course of conduct.” Such constitutionally protected activity includes picketing or other organized protests.
(c) “Credible threat” means a threat made with the intent to cause the person who is the target of the threat to reasonably fear for his or her safety. The threat must be against the life of, or a threat to cause bodily injury to, a person.
(d) “Cyberstalk” means to engage in a course of conduct to communicate, or to cause to be communicated, words, images, or language by or through the use of electronic mail or electronic communication, directed at a specific person, causing substantial emotional distress to that person and serving no legitimate purpose.
(2) Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking, a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(3) Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person, and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury of the person, or the person’s child, sibling, spouse, parent, or dependent, commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

CopWatch writes:

(4) Any person who, after an injunction for protection against repeat violence, sexual violence, or dating violence pursuant to s. 784.046, or an injunction for protection against domestic violence pursuant to s. 741.30, or after any other court-imposed prohibition of conduct toward the subject person or that person’s property, knowingly, willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(5) Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks a minor under 16 years of age commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(6) Any law enforcement officer may arrest, without a warrant, any person he or she has probable cause to believe has violated the provisions of this section.
(7) Any person who, after having been sentenced for a violation of s. 794.011, s. 800.04, or s. 847.0135(5) and prohibited from contacting the victim of the offense under s. 921.244, willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyberstalks the victim commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(8) The punishment imposed under this section shall run consecutive to any former sentence imposed for a conviction for any offense under s. 794.011, s. 800.04, or s. 847.0135(5).
History.—s. 1, ch. 92-208; s. 29, ch. 94-134; s. 29, ch. 94-135; s. 2, ch. 97-27; s. 23, ch. 2002-55; s. 1, ch. 2003-23; s. 3, ch. 2004-17; s. 3, ch. 2004-256; s. 17, ch. 2008-172.

exasperation writes:

copwatch, I get it but apparently "kon" whatever does not....whoever this is, is one sick SOB! Is there anything in this world that he/she likes or agrees with??? Disgusting at best, not even entertaining any more. kon, do yourself a favor and move to a private island where you can have every thing your way.....

Konfuzius writes:

in response to exasperation:

copwatch, I get it but apparently "kon" whatever does not....whoever this is, is one sick SOB! Is there anything in this world that he/she likes or agrees with??? Disgusting at best, not even entertaining any more. kon, do yourself a favor and move to a private island where you can have every thing your way.....

islandeye under another blogger name. How s----- are you? You think people with a normal IQ can not figure out who you are? You are just nuts!

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