A very busy day it was. And the class got a live civics lesson related to Florida’s Sunshine Law.

The day at the Hodges University Community Room began with a dedicated video presentation from Governor Rick Scott (GNL XIII). He pointed out several positive economic trends in the Florida economy over the last two years.

Former Florida State Representative Dudley Goodlette then followed up with a panel discussion of Florida’s key issues. He and State Representatives, the Honorable Kathleen Passidomo and the Honorable Matt Hudson, discussed budget, health care and campaign reform.

A Civic Involvement presentation by some GNL leaders encouraged the Class to participate in government.

Dudley Goodlette returned as moderator of a panel which discussed Collier County’s key issues. Four very interesting panelists each made a short opening statement, after which some lively questioning from the Class ensued.

After a welcome break for lunch, Chuck Mohlke led a panel that included Naples’ Mayor John Sorey discussing the issues facing the Cities of Collier County.

Jeff Lytle of the Naples Daily News then led a three person panel (not four) on the current hot topic of Collier County Fire & EMS Services. A fourth person was prohibited from participating due to conflicts associated with the Florida Sunshine Law.

Finally, Jeff Lytle and panel discussed a timely topic, US Immigration Law revisions. It was fascinating to listen to the various views on this contentious issue.

The day concluded in the Community Room with a lively Social Hour, which included some mighty fine wines. Several very positive comments were heard from Class XVII members.

Doug Draeseke

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