Brent Batten: Hot topic of hot fueling
Published 05/07/2013 at 5:10 a.m.
The already hot topic of hot fueling could grow even hotter in coming weeks as county officials and a key tenant at the Immokalee Regional Airport try to hammer out a lease.
Brent Batten: We've been down this sidewalk before
Published 04/18/2013 at 5 a.m.
The innocuous-sounding study is raising fears, however, of a repeat of the disastrous 2003 Naples Park Community Plan.
Brent Batten: Hiller trying to take the Ayer out of MPO
Published 04/15/2013 at 9:30 p.m.
Next in the sights of Collier County Commission Chairwoman Georgia Hiller appears to be Lucilla Ayer, the executive director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Brent Batten: Hearing examiner idea puts Strain on commission
Published 03/12/2013 at 5 a.m.
In today's Collier County Commission climate, even the noncontroversial is controversial.
Brent Batten: Naples is just right for Lefty
Published 01/29/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
The purpose of this letter is to invite you to visit Naples, Fla., as you consider drastic action, to address the tax situation you recently discussed.
Brent Batten: Crist not a hit with Democrats, either
Published 11/20/2012 at 5:05 a.m.
--- Crists popularity among top Florida Democrats there was such that party Chairman Rod Smith had to caution them not to boo or make any sort of demonstration when Crist took the stage on national TV to endorse President Barack ...
Brent Batten: Sometimes, there is a simple answer to confusion in Florida vote tallies
Published 11/19/2012 at 4:44 a.m.
You hear lingering questions about the election like, “How could Barack Obama win 100 percent of the vote in dozens of precincts in Cleveland?” and “How could St. Lucie County have 140 percent voter turnout?”
Brent Batten: Let us reason together over election
Published 11/06/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
Considering the large turnout of early and absentee voters in Southwest Florida, people are obviously finding reasons to vote for either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.
Brent Batten: Commission members didn’t plan on this
Published 10/30/2012 at 5 a.m.
In the space of just over a minute last week, the Collier County Planning Commission lost almost 20 years of institutional knowledge.
Brent Batten: Reticent Collier County manager not talking about Hiller
Published 10/13/2012 at 4 p.m.
The particulars of the departure of a mid-level manager in an organization that employees hundreds of people might be of little import were that organization not responsible for spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money.
Brent Batten: Evaluations shed light on commissioners' ability to misrepresent facts
Published 10/11/2012 at 5 a.m.
So whom should we believe? Is Hiller twisting things around to advance a political agenda or is Coyle desperately seeking to hold on to leadership of the board by casting his rival in a false light?
Brent Batten: Borrowing on the wisdom of Hamilton
Published 10/09/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
There are some big differences between the debt carried by Collier County and that owed by the U.S. government.
Brent Batten: Rural free (Internet) delivery at play in 2012 election
Published 09/11/2012 at 5 a.m.
Democrats are positioning themselves to use federally funded improvements to rural Internet access as a campaign tool in the final weeks of the presidential election.
Brent Batten: Florida delegates ‘thrilled to death’ with Obama’s address
Published 09/06/2012 at 11:43 p.m.
Mickey Gargan, the current chair of Collier Democrats, said Obama’s speech brought together everything Democrats have been hearing all week. “I’m really pleased to see how he summarized what everyone’s been saying. Democrats have finally realized they need to have ...
Florida matters in 2012 presidential election - a lot
Published 09/06/2012 at 6 p.m.
Actress Ashley Judd wasn't able to make it to breakfast Thursday with Florida's delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
Bill Nelson race to retain Senate seat appears to take back burner
Updated 09/06/2012 at 4:37 p.m.
Bill Nelson finally got a mention at the Democratic National Convention.
State Democrats' mantra: Winner of I-4 corridor wins the White House
Published 09/05/2012 at 4:30 p.m.
All week long, Florida Democrats have heard how important their state is in the coming election.
Pollster sees brighter days ahead for Florida Democrats
Published 09/05/2012 at 3 p.m.
No one thing is going to win Florida for the Democrats, pollster Dave Beattie told the party faithful Wednesday morning.
Professor attends political conventions to become 'much better teacher'
Published 09/05/2012 at 2 p.m.
As Susan MacManus goes through one of the handful of media interviews she's asked to do each morning, a young man interrupts to say hello.
Brent Batten: Empty-chair jokes making the day of Democrats at their convention
Updated 09/04/2012 at 7:26 p.m.
Florida Democrats 570 strong on Tuesday heard the outline of a game plan they hope to use to re-elect President Barack Obama come November.
Circus-like atmosphere comes to Tampa Bay surrounding GOP convention
Published 08/29/2012 at 5:15 a.m.
With the nation's electoral eye cast toward Tampa during the Republican National Convention, the normal sounds of traffic and honking horns competed with speakers with bull horns trumpeting a mix of religion and politics.
Brent Batten: Protesters and party-goers must mean it's time for a political convention
Published 08/26/2012 at 10:45 p.m.
A calm before the storm, both literal and figurative, held over downtown Tampa on Sunday as the Republican National Convention arrived like feeder bands in advance of a tropical storm.
Brent Batten: Groups’ cash changes character of election
Published 08/12/2012 at 9:23 p.m.
People in Southwest Florida are keenly interested in the results of Tuesday’s election. Apparently, people outside Southwest Florida are too.
Brent Batten: SCREWED Up: Brock's name appears on PAC's email
Published 08/04/2012 at 2 p.m.
What struck McDaniel, and others who saw the email, is the last line, which reads, Dwight Brock Campaign Naples, 34117, United States.
Brent Batten: Naming right requires right name
Published 08/02/2012 at 5:40 a.m.
Anybody who, after 34 years of watching county commissioners squabble, just gets up, walks out of a meeting, goes down the hall and turns in his resignation, merits some sort of special recognition.
Brent Batten: Olympics not going swimmingly
Published 07/17/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Clearly, the Olympics need to be downsized. And I have just the solution — get rid of swimming.
Brent Batten: Donalds attempts to do the undoable
Published 07/07/2012 at 5 p.m.
One cant help but suspect that in this election, where a relatively small number of votes may be enough to propel a person to Congress, the political rookie going up against bigger names with more money may be onto something.
Brent Batten: Making a federal case of the flood map process
Published 06/28/2012 at 5:45 a.m.
President Barack Obama has an approval rating of less than 50 percent.Congress has one that is less than half of that. If sentiments around the halls of county government are any indication, the people who work for them fare even ...
Brent Batten: Filing fees make for a party
Published 06/11/2012 at 6:27 p.m.
The Republican and Democratic parties are beneficiaries of a system that places high qualifying fees on potential candidates and in turn returns the bulk of that money to the parties
Brent Batten: Long hot summer looms at City Hall
Published 06/09/2012 at 4 p.m.
As the discourse and disharmony over fire district consolidation burns like a brushfire around Collier County, a smaller debate smolders within the confines of City Hall.
Brent Batten: Chiefs propose a different sort of fire merger
Published 04/18/2012 at 5:26 p.m.
The three departments have outlined a plan under which they merge, not with each other but with the ambulance service already operating in their boundaries.
Brent Batten: One man's tax shelter is another's new road
Published 04/16/2012 at 5:20 p.m.
While some wealthy people do pay a lower rate, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Buffett Rule being debated in the U.S. Senate this week focuses attention on those who benefit from tax shelters.
Brent Batten: Brock vs. Board. The conflicts within the conflict
Published 04/14/2012 at 3 p.m.
A March 14 document from zoning manager Ray Bellows sought a change to the county's Land Development Code. In it he wrote: "This amendment is intended to clarify that aviation related uses are permitted as an essential service on the ...
Brent Batten: One small step for medical care
Published 03/28/2012 at 5:48 p.m.
The county managers office is drafting an ordinance to create a Public Safety Authority, an important component envisioned in a year-old report issued by a panel of community health care leaders.
Brent Batten: Obesity survey hard to swallow
Published 03/14/2012 at 6:14 p.m.
There are plenty of jokes to be made over the Gallup survey that places Naples among the least obese metropolitan areas of the country. ---- But look a bit deeper into the survey and its ramifications and theres cause for ...
Brent Batten: Big Brother is watching, but not as often
Published 03/07/2012 at 4:27 p.m.
Going almost unnoticed in the talk about millions and billions bouncing around Tallahassee these days is a matter of thousands that is worth noting.
Brent Batten: Red light lawyers in a class by themselves
Published 02/29/2012 at 7:29 p.m.
"At the end of the day, thats what attorneys should do, represent the people, not just corporations and government."
Brent Batten: Mistrust lingers between clerk, commission
Updated 02/20/2012 at 5:25 p.m.
Relations between the Collier County Commission and its staff and Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock have never been what one would call convivial.
Brent Batten: Taking talk radio to the House floor
Published 01/09/2012 at 5:15 p.m.
Broadcasters, journalists and the like have the makings of a good representative every bit as much as the comedians, football players and vintners there with them.
Brent Batten: Year in review 2011: Summer better than others
Published 12/28/2011 at 2:59 p.m.
2011 year in review: Summer better than others.
Brent Batten: A new take on an old, old idea
Published 12/21/2011 at 2 p.m.
Also included is a provision that allows citizens of two-thirds of the states, via petitions, to propose an amendment.
Brent Batten: Gingrich offers debatable proposition
Published 11/28/2011 at 5:30 p.m.
The Lincoln-Douglas debates ... would be virtually unrecognizable to a modern audience accustomed to what passes for debate today
Brent Batten: Airport staff right to question Georgia Hiller's authority
Published 10/26/2011 at 6:54 p.m.
- I disagree with Commissioner Georgia Hiller. ---- I hope somebody does question her being on county property.
Brent Batten: The business of saving homeowners money
Published 10/14/2011 at 3:27 p.m.
Compared to other places, Collier County’s property tax base is too heavily residential.
Brent Batten: Unmasking the Occupy movement
Published 10/12/2011 at 4:06 p.m. 1 Comment
Halloween is right around the corner. Perhaps that explains why friends of the Occupy movement are trying to dress it up in so many costumes.
Brent Batten: Art in the large, sad eyes of the beholder
Published 10/10/2011 at 4:40 p.m.
You can clip this list out an take it with you to Walmart the next time you seek to add to your collection.
Brent Batten: Calling all CEOs and angels
Published 10/07/2011 at 4 p.m.
An eye-popping portion of the strategic plan speaks of a “capital investment coalition” which would raise $100 million a year for five years, money that would be available to invest in businesses that will drive the diverse economy of the ...
Brent Batten: "Occupation" writer beats columnist to the punch line
Published 10/05/2011 at 3:48 p.m.
The appearance of the occupation movement so close to home offers a columnist an excellent opportunity to poke fun at the protestors.
Brent Batten: Cain wins in primary battle
Published 10/03/2011 at 5:14 p.m.
Before the votes are counted, or even cast, Cain appears to have scored a win Friday when a panel of political appointees selected Jan. 31 as Florida’s primary date.
Brent Batten: Hiller's call for new blood makes Coletta's boil
Published 09/30/2011 at 4:22 p.m.
“The list that I have in the packet reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Jackson Lab. I was actually rolling on the floor laughing. I said, ‘Wow! Same old, same old.’ We need new ideas and new people.” Commissioner Georgia ...