President Jim Juliano introduced guest speaker Penny Taylor - Chair of the Collier County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Taylor gave a timely presentation on Collier County flood zones and the need to remedy the situation in the future. Rapid growth and development has exacerbated flood prone areas and streets. The County has not funded the necessary projects to prevent future flooding incidents and this will be recommended in funding requests later this year. She cited one case where attempts to remedy flooding on Central Ave and US 41 had failed this year, after spending millions.
Commissioner Taylor fielded questions on how Rotary can serve community needs from the County Commissions perspective and she recommended serving the children of Collier County.
With respect to any tree planting Rotary initiative, she indicated Baker Park might be a great place for Rotary to consider. Commissioner Taylor led the club in the 4 way test and the meeting was closed.
The Naples Gulf Shore Sunset Rotary club expresses its appreciation to and and respect for Commissioner Taylor who took the time to address our club despite having an emergency Hurricane Irma Commission meeting scheduled later that morning. We are grateful to her for sharing her thoughts on serving community needs in Collier County .
Mark your calendars, unless otherwise stated all are meetings are at Hyatt House Naples( Expected to reopen Sept 19)