$15 Million Raised at 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Naples, FL – January 30, 2017 – At the close of an exciting afternoon, the tally for the 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival’s live auction hit $15,066,000, bringing the total amount raised since the Festival’s inception in 2001 to $161 million. Funds are still pouring in through the Online Auction, which closes on Wednesday, January 31 at 8 pm and has already seen eager participation from bidders near and far.

“When we started planning this event nearly a year ago, we hoped for a successful auction, but the amount of money raised exceeds all expectations,” said Denise Cobb, co-chair of the 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival. “We are so thankful–from our big-hearted guests, to the talented chefs and vintners who make this event truly special, this was a great collaboration from all involved. These funds make a lasting difference for children in our community.”

Donations to this year’s Fund a Need, Children’s Healthcare, closed out the thrilling day, bringing in on-the-spot contributions that raised $1.6 million. These funds will ensure that all children receive the high-quality, in-depth medical attention they deserve in the areas of oral health, mental health, primary care and vision.

Guests from around the world came together to bid on 62 jaw-dropping auction items ranging from exceptional wine and culinary experiences to limited-edition cars and exotic travel packages. All auction lots were generously donated, and all proceeds from the Festival support the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), which has given annual grants to over 40 non-profit organizations and impacted the lives of more than 200,000 children.

The auction’s top single bid of $480,000 went to the 2017 McLaren 570 GT, the latest edition of the recently-launched Sports Series, the most luxurious and refined McLaren ever made.

Additional auction highlights:

  • Two separate bidders will enjoy a week-long cruise to either the Bahamas or the Caribbean aboard a 126-foot Feadship yacht formerly belonging to Malcolm Forbes, all for a total of $600,000.
  • A private jet trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast went for $460,000, featuring dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants as well as a host of other exclusive fashion and wine experiences.
  • $450,000 was raised for a live performance by country music legend Darius Rucker, plus a private dinner prepared by Silver Oak Chef Dominic Orsini and a custom guitar signed by Darius Rucker and David Duncan of Silver Oak.
  • $360,000 was the winning bid for the first Audi MY18 R8 Spyder to be physically delivered in the United States, a sleek machine that races to 124.3mph in just 11.8 seconds.
  • In celebration of the National Parks’ 100th anniversary, a winning bid of $340,000 will bring travelers on a luxury excursion through our nation’s most striking landscapes.

“From the minute our auction opened to the last winning bid, the excitement was palpable and the energy was infectious,” said Bill Cary, 2017 Festival co-chair. “We owe our success to the many people who donated extraordinary items to this event, and to those who bid with immense generosity. Thank you!”

The weekend began with a special pre-Festival tasting and luncheon that gave a select few guests the chance to experience a vertical tasting of ten celebrated vintages of cult winery Harlan Estate, including extraordinary 100-point vintages from 2001 and 2007. The master class tasting was overseen by a panel of experts including Napa Valley pioneer and Harlan Estate proprietor Bill Harlan, and led by his son Will Harlan, along with estate director Don Weaver and winemaker Cory Empting. Moderating the event was internationally renowned wine critic Antonio Galloni of Vinous.

Throughout the Festival, guests enjoyed wine from more than 30 of the finest wineries representing three continents, five countries, and 12 wine producing regions. They were led by this year’s Honored Vintner, fourth-generation Bordeaux winemaker Pierre Lurton. Culinary master Wolfgang Puck returned to the Festival, this time as Chef de Cuisine. He was joined by 17 additional celebrity chefs with a collective 11 Michelin Stars, 13 James Beard Awards, and 10 James Beard Award nominations.

“The entire Festival weekend was elevated by the talents and generosity of so many wonderful vintners and chefs,” added Jeff Gargiulo, 2017 Festival co-chair. “Their efforts make a huge difference in this community.”

Using the funds raised from this year’s auction, NCEF will award grants to local organizations serving Collier County children in need on March 13.

About the Naples Winter Wine Festival

The Naples Winter Wine Festival is the most successful international charity wine auction in the world, bringing together renowned vintners and chefs with wine enthusiasts and philanthropists for a three-day Festival that raises millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children. Every dollar raised under the tent funds the Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), whose annual grants and strategic initiatives have provided more than 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel. For more information, please visit Napleswinefestival.com.

 

 

Asia’s Long-Toothed Cat by Tim L. Tetzlaff Naples Zoo Director of Conservation

Clouded Leopard

Clouded leopards have the distinction of having the longest canines for their body size of any cat – about the same length as felines many times their size. But these toothy wonders pose no threat to people. On the other hand, our taste in sweets – along with about half our packaged  goods – does pose a threat to these elegant cats. Luckily, there’s an app for that.

THE CATS IN QUESTION
Clouded leopards live in the dense forests of Southeast Asia – think of the jungles from Lara Craft: Tomb Raider. Weighing between 25 and 50 pounds, these Asian felines are wonderfully agile in those trees aided by a long, heavy tail for balance. They can climb upside down like a sloth and even use their flexible ankle joints to hang by their back legs. On the ground or in the trees, their cloud-like spots provide ideal camouflage as they hunt animals like birds, deer, and monkeys. At Naples Zoo, we recently welcomed two juvenile clouded leopards. They can be seen on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends in their newly renovated home. (In our vacation spot, a time share is only natural so on Mondays, Wednesdays,
and Fridays, you can still see our spotted leopard there.) As clouded leopards are classified as Vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), these two cats were selected for breeding by the Species Survival Plan® coordinated by the Association of  Zoos and Aquariums.

LIPSTICK AND LEOPARDS?
Although they are protected by national law in many countries and given the highest level of protection by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), clouded leopards are in decline. Surprisingly, what winds up in our shopping carts plays a part in them losing their homes along with many iconic species like orangutans and tigers. That’s because about half the packaged products at the grocery contain palm oil – from toothpaste and soap to chocolate and crackers. Sustainably grown palm oil allows rare wildlife a place to live. But some companies still buy palm oil from plantations that clear-cut and burn rainforests contributing to the direct and indirect deaths of untold numbers of
endangered species.

NOT JUST ANIMALS

Clouded Leopard

The smoke from the burning forests reach far and wide into cities causing air conditions classified as Very Unhealthy. During the worst weeks of 2015 alone, things were even worse as children were directed to stay inside and sometimes schools and airports were shut down. Many open-air businesses closed causing financial crises for families. In one area of Indonesia, air quality reached over three times the Hazardous threshold causing an evacuation of all babies less than six months. All told, likely more than 100,000 people faced an early death from these effects.

SUPPORTING THE SOLUTION. USE THE APP.
As palm oil production expands outside of Asia to meet demand, African forests are already being cleared meaning these tragic impacts could soon be replicated with Africa’s people and wildlife. The good news is the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is helping to transform world markets to make sustainably grown palm oil the norm. Naples Zoo is a dues-paying member of the RSPO. You can play your part by downloading an easy to-use, free app linked from www.napleszoo.org/palmoil. With its barcode reader, the app quickly enables you to distinguish sustainable from unsustainable companies allowing you to support the many products that line up with your ethics as a caring person. And the next time your  lathering up or grabbing that snack, you’ll know you’re doing your part to keep a world where children can safely breathe and leopards still walk jungle paths. Far from the simple menageries of the past, today’s nationally accredited zoos are centers of learning and natural crossroads for biologists, educators, environmental scientists, and researchers – as well as for students, conservationists, and all animal lovers. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens is an award-winning, private 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving wildlife and families here and around the world. More information at www.napleszoo.org

PHIL FISHER fine art

art after dark

February in Naples is always a busy time! Except for a little construction noise, Crayton Cove is a wonderful place to be. Stroll out on the City Dock and enjoy the bay and its many treasures. Watch the pelicans gather in hopes of a fish from one of the charters cleaning fish just caught out in the Gulf. Stop in the many quaint shops and galleries to find a memory to take home. Experience the restaurant offerings that cover the bases from pizza to fine dining.

Phil Fisher

The second Saturday of each month offers an event that touts our talented musicians and artists. This month’s Art After Dark is Saturday February 11 from 6 – 9 p.m. where the public is welcome to come and enjoy. Phil Fisher Gallery is featuring works by Phil Fisher in this show titled “Chasing The Light” with live music by Alchemy. Random Acts of Art, Vintage Charm, Nora Butler Designs & Gallery, Earth & Fire, Naples Ships Store, Cove Inn Lobby 24/7 and Guess Fisher Gallery are participating with their own various events, as well.

Saturday, February 18, Guess-Fisher Gallery will host a special show opening for “St Maarten, Three Interpretations: Atkielski, Fisher & Guess.” The artists will be in attendance to tell the stories behind these beautiful paintings of St. Maarten and its surrounding waterscapes. Third On Canvas is an annual fundraising event where a number of artists, including Phil Fisher and Natalie Guess, will be painting on location on February 19 and 20 all around Old Naples so the public can watch them paint and have the chance to purchase them through the auction on Thursday February 23.

Atkielski

This event raises funds for PAWS Assistance Dogs. There are numerous art activities happening around Southwest Florida, but be sure to stop in and see the Galleries of Crayton Cove, a professional artist community in Old Naples by the Bay, all within a one-block walk, open daily, where 8th Street South and 12th Avenue South meet by the flagpole.

What is LIFE IN NAPLES?

Claudia Polzin
Consultant to Nonprofits

Living in Naples means different things to different people – for those of us that live here year round – we find joy in the  months from April to December – when things are quieter and parking places can be found. But for our wonderful “snowbirds” they many times see a very different city – full of events , too many things to try to fit into a week, no parking places and reservations that are hard to come by in your favorite restaurant. But for all of us it is a city and area of Florida that we love – and the issues make us the unique place that we are; and we have a wonderful way of making it work for all of us.

For the shortest month of the year – February is full of many arts adventures – let’s look at the world of jazz – and all of its many forms – there are many times that you can enjoy a wonderful jazz concert right here in Naples. Beginning on February 5 at 2 p.m. – enjoy Dixieland Jazz in Cambier Park. If Big Band is more to your liking you can go to Riverside Park to hear Naples Big Band on February 5 and 19 at 2pm. So fill up your calendar in February – and fit the Naples Jazzmasters Dixieland Band in on February 11 at River Park at 2 p.m.

A different venue for jazz is at Trinity-by-the-Cove – on February 19 at 4 p.m. – the Fred Moyer Jazz Trio – you will hear them play the original charts of Peterson, Evans and Brubeck. But plan to come early this wonderful venue fills up fast. Another unique venue for unique music is Bower Chapel located in Moorings Park – on February 21 at 7:30 p.m. – Bluegrass Central will be featured. This group that has played all over Southwest Florida presents the authentic bluegrass along with Texas Swing, Classic Country and Americana. (FYI – for any of you that are Naples High graduates and you took art a few years ago – you probably will recognize the gentleman playing the upright bass.)

For those among us (myself included) who are lovers of classical music – this month holds a unique pairing – on February 3 – Gulfshore Opera will present Mozart the Concert Arias and other Rare Vocal Gems in the Daniels Pavilion at Artis-Naples. After hearing the beautiful music of Mozart you can see the fictionalized account of the lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri in the Tony Award winning play Amadeus. There has been debate for years as to their relationship and this play focuses on Salieri’s sole ambition to be a great composer and  the fact that the one component he lacks is the Genius of Mozart.

Another unique art form will be featured during February at the Botanical Gardens – February 1, 8, 15 and 22 – Origami After Dark. Origami – the art of paper folding associated with the Japanese culture. This intricate art involves taking a flat piece of paper and through intricate folds creating three dimensional figures.

For this second month of 2017 – I want to digress a little from focusing on the arts – among all of our beauty and opportunities there are those that live among us that are not so fortunate. Please indulge me as I ask you to also find out about the seniors that are homeless, lonely and without hope; and the children that go to bed hungry. Even though you may not think that the arts and these two issues are intertwined – they many times are – many of our arts groups provide support for the organizations that work to meet the needs of our seniors and children. So remember that  even in our world of extraordinary beauty and opportunity there are those, closer than you may think, that are struggling.

Enjoy jazz, classical music, origami and remember all of the people that call Naples home – no matter what their circumstances.

WHEN IT’S REALLY RARE – LIFE IN THE FACET LANE

Diana Jarrett GG RMV

Jewelry collectors are a varied bunch. People are drawn to gems and jewelry for myriad reasons. One thing they’ll agree on however— rarer  is better. That word rare however is bandied around in marketing sometimes to mean something people are clamoring for. But true rarity when it describes a gemstone means that there are very few of them. That can be the result of their disappearance over time owing to a geo-political occurrence. It often means there were very few of these ever discovered. And occasionally it can describe a precious stone with certain anomalies, or unexpected traits. That should taper the list down pretty far, right?

18K yellow gold ring featuring Zultanite Pink Sapphire and Diamond Courtesy Lance Fisher

Lately we are enjoying a rare gemstone that although having been a recent mid 20th century discovery has a lot of other qualities going for it that defines its rarity. Zultanite®, as a transparent colored gemstone comes from a single source in the Anatolian mountain region of Turkey. Yep, one source, and it’s tough to access to boot. Its unusual crystal structure means that almost 93 percent of the rough is lost during polishing. This truly  rare stone also shifts colors in different lighting situations.

18K Yellow Gold Earrings featuring Zultanite Vietnamese Ruby and Diamonds Courtesy Lance Fisher

Take Zultanite® from indoor incandescent lighting to natural outdoor light and watch the transformation. It may exhibit sparks of canary yellow, cognac pink, ginger, kiwi green, raspberry pink, rich champagne and sage green. Well, it didn’t take long for creative types to jump on this stone. Today’s innovative jewelry designers are unleashing their imagination with Zultanite®; pairing it with complementary colored stones and flaunting its dramatic vibe. As more jewelers include this rare treasure in their inventory, they give consumers the option of becoming a bonafide collector of rare gems. When it’s mined out, this stone will take its place in history.

Until then, savvy collectors will keep building a jewelry wardrobe with this chameleon-like beauty. When you’re craving something no one else has, consider real rare Zultanite®. You’re welcome.

SWINGING WITH PURPOSE is making a huge difference

Swinging With Purpose (TM) continues to make a difference for the women and children in our community! The inaugural “Battle of the Sexes” was held at Quail West Golf and Country Club. Captains Nancy Lopez (PGA Hall of Famer) and Chris DiMarco (PGA Professional and Golf Channel’s Morning Drive host) led a fun-filled day where fourteen couples battled for our beneficiaries. Captain DiMarco led the guys to victory with the biggest winner being the organizations serving women and children in our community.

“It’s All About Nancy” luncheon was held at Stonebridge Country Club where 150 guests enjoyed an afternoon Q & A and a “listen and learn” on the 18th green. Both events were sold out and the two days activities generated more than $85,000 in net proceeds. We extend a special thank you to Nancy Lopez, Chris DiMarco, and the Quail West and Stonebridge members for their continued support of our mission. Because of these collective efforts, we will exceed $300,000 to our beneficiaries in our fourth year. Due to the generosity of our golfing communities at large, WE are making a HUGE difference for these organizations.

Golf legend, Nancy Lopez, has been our spokesperson since the inception of Swinging With Purpose™. It was a chance encounter that I had with Nancy Lopez at the CME event here in Naples in November, 2012. We shared our passions for women and children and from that connection, the SWP mission unfolded. Nancy has given her heart and commitment to our mission. And when she comes to Naples on our behalf, the love and respect that we have for her is unbelievable and truly heartfelt. We are forever grateful to Nancy Lopez for lending her name and her heart to our mission.

Swinging With Purpose™ (SWP) held its inaugural golf tournament in 2013 benefiting the Shelter for Abused Women & Children. The second year, its beneficiary was PACE Center for Girls Immokalee, where the proceeds were used to implement a wellness and fitness program, the first in a PACE facility, for the girls. The program still exists and is having a positive impact on the girls and their self-esteem. All golf tournaments to date have been completely sold-out with a field of 120+ players. Mark your calendars as the 2017 tournament will be held at Kensington Golf and Country Club on May 7th, 2017. Details will be available soon on the SWP website.

In 2014, SWP formed its own 501(c)(3) organization which now allows the Board of Directors to carefully select multiple beneficiaries. Through various golf venues, we invite golfing communities throughout the Naples area to “swing with purpose” for these grass roots organizations. Because SWP operates with a totally volunteer Board of Directors, 95 cents of every dollar collected in 2016 went directly to our beneficiaries.

It should be noted that SWP raises funds to meet specific needs of the carefully selected beneficiaries. We pride ourselves on “needs” based fundraising. We know our beneficiaries and our donations are very NEEDS specific. We are respectful and responsible with YOUR donor dollars. Our fundraising may be a combination of monetary and in-kind donations. It is our goal to increase exposure to the community that these grass roots organizations exist.

Our beneficiaries become family and we encourage their collaboration amongst each other to provide support to each other. Special note: Our beneficiaries to date include The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, PACE Center for Girls Immokalee, Our Mother’s Home, LACES of Love, Dress for Success, Providence House and Baby Basics. Because of the overwhelming success of the November fundraising efforts, we will take on a new beneficiary, Sunlight Home, for whom we will purchase a multi-passenger van.

For more information on Swinging With Purpose™, visit our website at www.swingingwithpurpose.org or email Diana Riley, Founder, at Diana@swingingwithpurpose.org. We are always interested in volunteers who might be interested in donating their time, tokens and talents. We believe “to whom much is given, much is expected.”

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A SIZZLING SAUSAGE meal starts HERE

America’s No. 1 sausage brand is making your time in the kitchen easier for sausage connoisseurs everywhere, with the launch of The Sizzling
Sausage Cookbook. Johnsonville hopes the new The Sizzling Sausage Cookbook appeals to grillmasters and grilling amateurs alike as it introduces the new cookbook to the marketplace. Johnsonville Sausage owner and The Sizzling Sausage Cookbook co-author Shelly Stayer partnered with
Johnsonville member Megan Nehls to develop a cookbook for those who need some inspiration in the kitchen, whether it’s a quick family dinner, a game day party, a festive gathering with friends or snack time for the kids.

“Now that grilling sausage is easier than ever before, we wanted to share our favorite recipes—some based on family favorites and others putting a new spin on classic sausages dishes—with sausage lovers everywhere,” says Nehls. The Sizzling Sausage Cookbook is inspired by the company’s launch of the first – and only – indoor electric sausage grill designed exclusively for Johnsonville fresh sausages.

“We’re all time-starved, so we wanted to give folks quick, easy and well balanced recipes that they can have fun with in 30 minutes or less,” says Stayer. Johnsonville takes the guesswork out of grilling with the Sizzling Sausage Grill™. And now, with The Sizzling Sausage Cookbook, consumers will have dozens of delicious recipes to pair with their favorite sausages and brats, from hurry-up appetizers to please a hungry crowd, to quick weekday meals for busy families and game-day treats for sporting events.

About the co-authors-

Shelly Stayer

Shelly Stayer is the co-owner of Johnsonville Sausage, the inventor of the Sizzling Sausage Grill and an all-around

“mompreneur”— she’s been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in both Wisconsin and Florida. She and her husband, Ralph C. Stayer, own Johnsonville Sausage. Ralph and Shelly live in Naples, Florida, where her involvement in community relations has helped countless children and families in need, and earned her several awards in both Florida and Wisconsin. The Sizzling Sausage Cookbook is Shelly’s third book. Together, Ralph and Shelly have seven children, many of whom are involved in the family business.

Megan Nehls

A love of food and cooking is nothing new to Megan Nehls. Growing up, her parents owned a supper club in Fox Lake, Wisconsin. Megan quickly realized the joy friends and families experienced over a meal together. But when Megan moved to foodiehaven Chicago, cooking became a luxury her tiny studio apartment no longer could afford. And outdoor grilling was a distant memory—19 stories down to be exact. Enter a career at Johnsonville Sausage and the Sizzling Sausage Grill, two things that have allowed Megan to combine her passion of cooking healthful meals with her love of marketing.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling GOES ONLINE At Hodges University

Dr Ali Wolf

Students interested in pursuing an online master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) now have the opportunity thanks to Hodges University. In January 2017, the university launched a fully online program for students looking to earn their degree but who are unable to attend class on campus. “Providing the same level of education and learning, the online program will allow a greater level of access for students who are unable to attend classes on campus,” said Dr. Amber Pope, clinical mental health counseling program chair at Hodges University.

Students who enroll in the online CMHC program will adhere to the same course requirements as those enrolled in the current CMHC program,
which is offered in a hybrid format with traditional, on-campus meetings, as well as online instruction. All core and elective classes will contain at least three synchronous sessions lasting two and a half hours each. Students will also be required to complete four residencies throughout the program. Each will occur over the course of a Friday-Sunday weekend and will require students to attend the residencies on campus in order to receive the hands-on practice, which is essential for the development of master’s level knowledge and skill.

“It is our goal to provide a student-focused experience in an online program taught primarily by core-faculty with extensive professional and academic experiences. We want our online students to develop an in-depth understanding of counseling practice and theory, as well as be able to demonstrate high competency in counseling skills and interventions,” said Dr. Ali Wolf, CMHC professor.

In a survey conducted by current clinical mental health counseling faculty at Hodges, local professionals and national mental health counseling programs believe their students and employees, who are not currently enrolled in a master’s program, would be interested in attending Hodges’ CMHC online program. By offering a completely online program, it would serve as the only accredited online CMHC program fulfilling the need in the state of Florida. In addition to the online program, CMHC faculty are currently researching and developing educational strategies to provide enhanced training to students who are bilingual and aspire to practice bilingual therapy. Dr. Tom Hofmann, Applied Psychology program chair and CMHC professor, stated, “We emphasize the advantages of overall diversity, and we understand the challenges of building counseling fluency in more than one language.”

Hodges alumna and Applied Psychology adjunct faculty member Liana Calderin explains the importance of this research, saying, “We live in a community where, once you become a therapist, it is a strong possibility your clientele will not be native English speakers.” She goes on to say, “There are two bilingual groups: those who speak English and learn Spanish, and those who speak Spanish and learn English. It is much more than learning the language, their culture and background play a large role.”

Located in Hodges’ Nichols School of Professional Studies, the CMHC program is accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). As of September 2016, Pope stated, “Since the program’s inception in 2011, 44 students have graduated from the program and more than 90 percent of our alumni, who were seeking employment as counselors, have
acquired full- or part-time employment in a counseling-related area.” To find out more information about Hodges’ clinical mental health counseling program, visit www.hodges.edu. You may also contact Dr. Amber Pope at apope@hodges.edu or Dr. Ali Wolf at awolf1@hodges.edu

United States Congressman FRANCIS ROONEY

by Congressman Francis Rooney

2017 should be a great year for America! This fall; voters all across the country sent a clear message: it is time to change the status quo and put hard working Americans first again. For newly elected Representatives, now is also a time to move from campaigning to governing. It is time to honor the promises made and enact the policies that were espoused throughout the summer. I am honored by the confidence that voters placed with me and committed to keeping your trust.

With an opportunity to accomplish goals that conservatives have desired for many years, there will be an aggressive schedule for the 115th Congress. We will spend more time in session than any legislature in decades, and our first 200 days will produce legislation to reverse the failed policies of the Obama administration. Congress must act quickly to repeal and replace Obamacare, which has sky rocketed healthcare costs for millions of Americans, stop President Obama’s job killing regulations, ensure veterans get the care they deserve, defeat radical Islamic terrorism, cut taxes, and fix our broken immigration system.

My first opportunity to reduce government overreach and regulations was by voting in support of the REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny). The regulatory state, which has grown exponentially under the Obama administration and become an unconstitutional fourth branch of the federal government, has imposed a costly burden on businesses and consumers. This burden has stifled job creation and kept many Southwest Florida residents from securing good paying jobs. Under the REINS Act, the House and Senate would have to vote on a proposed rule and the president would have to sign it before enforcement of the rule can begin. If a resolution is not passed, the rule cannot take effect. This Act will reduce the influence of federal regulatory agencies and begin a return to constitutionally based governing.

In addition to these important national issues, I am focused on key local issues that affect the daily lives of all Southwest Florida residents. Even prior to my first day in office, I began discussions on water quality with the Army Corp of Engineers and with many of my colleagues in the House of Representatives. The goal is to find the best ways to expedite projects that have already been approved and designed. These projects will improve water retention both north and south of Lake Okeechobee, restore natural flows, and allow for better overall control of the flow of water into our region. Restoring our Everglades and Lake Okeechobee Watershed, obtaining the federal funding owed for water quality projects in Southwest Florida, and ensuring affordable flood insurance options for homeowners are critical.

In closing, I encourage you to visit our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest information on all that is happening in Washington and in our community. I value your comments and suggestions, so please share your thoughts via calls, emails and social media.
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