About JENNA BUZZACCO-FOERSTER
Phone: (239) 263-4805
Most political junkies catch a plane to Washington, D.C. for their fix. Not me.
When picking a college, I chose to go to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, because of the Iowa Caucuses. There I learned how grassroots politics work in the heartland, saw the beginning and ending of presidential campaigns and recommended the milkshakes at the Drake Diner to Hillary Clinton.
After college, I fled Des Moines for the slightly warmer climate of Sandusky, Ohio, where I covered cops and a small lakefront community. But after 20-plus years of two seasons - winter and road construction - I decided in 2005 it was time to retire my sweaters and move south.
I started at the Daily News in December 2005 as an education reporter. After a brief stint at the Marco Island Eagle, the political junkie in me reared its ugly head, and I took over the Naples city government reporter job in 2007.
When I'm not hounding Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, I enjoy cooking, reading and hanging out at the beach. Still a political junkie at heart, and I've already asked for a fancy touch screen television that John King uses on CNN in advance of the 2012 presidential election.
Think covering City Hall sounds boring? Think again. Here's some of my favorite stories slightly off the beaten City Hall path:
■ Origins of chickens, roosters that have come home to roost in River Park murky Hear that crow? There are chickens and roosters living in River Park, and neighbors and community members aren't quite sure how the fowl got there to begin with.
■ No cross words for this veteran school crossing guard Louise Lopez spent her career as a street walker. Well, it's sort of true. Lopez has spent the past 25 years as a crossing guard for the city of Naples.
■ Holy cow! Could the Chicago Cubs ever end up in Naples? Could Naples be the new home of the Chicago Cubs spring training site? Some people hope the answer is yes.
Everyone has them - Web sites they just can't live with out - and here's some of mine:
All work and no play makes me a cranky reporter. Here's where I head when I need to take a virtual break from a hectic day:
■ Food Gawker Foodies beware: This site will make you drool and could lead to massive messes in the kitchen.
■Etsy Love crafty, handmade goods? You could spend hours window shopping through Etsy's virtual market.
■ Lifehacker The name says it all "tips and downloads to getting things done." And on more than one occasion Lifehacker has saved my day.
Tax watch group unveils state's budget "turkeys," Collier projects survive
Updated 05/16/2013 at 6:01 p.m.
A Florida taxpayer watch group has ID'd the state's "turkeys" from the recent legislative session. Find out what money is coming to Collier projects and which Lee one made the list.
Gov. Scott touts manufacturing sales tax break in Naples stop
Updated 05/13/2013 at 7:08 p.m.
Gov. Rick Scott was in Naples on Monday afternoon to talk about a sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment. The three-year sales tax exemption would apply to certain new manufacturing equipment.
Law pushed by Benacquisto calls for equal coverage for cancer oral medications
Published 05/12/2013 at 5:50 p.m.
A law awaiting Gov. Rick Scott's signature prevents health insurance providers from requiring cancer patients to pay higher costs for oral medications than they do for intravenous ones.
Local leaders hope Hertz's relocation is the first of many
Updated 05/07/2013 at 10:32 p.m.
The immediate impact might be 700 new jobs, but the decision to relocate Hertz corporate headquarters to Southwest Florida may just be the first of many.
Bonita Mayor on Hertz: 'We're the perfect place for corporate headquarters'
Published 05/07/2013 at 1:59 p.m.
Hertz is planning a new corporate headquarters for Estero, just up the road from Bonita Springs. What does Mayor Ben Nelso think?
Freshman legislator: Rodrigues reflects on success, surprises of his first session
Published 05/06/2013 at 5:45 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE — Ray Rodrigues was prepared for his first year in office to be a learning experience, but the final week of the 2013 legislative session proved to be a cram session in parliamentary procedure.
Collier state lawmakers: Success was in the House, and Senate, in 2013
Published 05/05/2013 at 5:05 a.m.
Southwest Florida lawmakers said that push for cooperation — and a clear understanding of top legislative priorities — made the 2013 session one of the best on record.
Naples lawmaker: Florida's new $74.5 billion budget 'balanced, not wasteful'
Published 05/03/2013 at 9:18 p.m.
Florida lawmakers passed a $74.5 billion budget Friday before closing out the annual 60-day legislative session. The budget includes pay raises for state workers and teachers, but doesn’t include federal dollars to cover additional people under Medicaid.
Passidomo's foreclosure reform proposal passes Legislature
Updated 05/03/2013 at 2:16 p.m.
The state Senate this morning voted 26-13 to approve a measure that speeds up the foreclosure process. The bill – which has been sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, for the past three years – now heads to the governor's ...
Florida Legislature passes texting while driving law
Published 05/02/2013 at 4:38 p.m.
A ban on texting while driving is headed to Gov. Rick Scott for his approval to become Florida law. The state Senate this afternoon voted 39-1 to approve a ban on texting while driving.
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