Collier County Commissioner Penny Taylor announced that she will seek reelection to her second term on the commission.
Taylor, who represents the county’s 4th District, was elected in 2014 and was named chairman by fellow commissioners in 2017. Her election to the five-member board followed ten years as a member of Naples City Council including a year as Naples Vice-Mayor.
District-4 encompasses the area west of I-75 between Pine Ridge Road and Davis Boulevard including the City of Naples.
Taylor also chaired the 10-member Metropolitan Planning Organization MPO in 2016 and 2017 and chaired the Tourist Development Council in 2015 and 2016. In addition, she co-chaired the county’s first City of Naples/Collier County Sea Level Rise panel discussion in commission chambers in 2017, attracting a standing-room only audience.
As a member of the commission, Taylor initiated the following:
- the resumption of talks between the City of Naples and Collier County to cooperatively seek federal grants to upgrade the water system in the Bayshore Drive residential/commercial area and the installation of fire hydrants.
the annual solidarity walk during annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day parades in which community leaders of all faiths and ethnicity walk together
- the annual Mock Commission Meetings event for middle school civics class students.
the Against All Odds award program to recognize outstanding individuals who have achieved their goals against overwhelming odds.
re-establishment of the Summer Intern Program for high school students, requested by the NAACP.
- re-establishment of a stronger Ethics Ordinance weakened by a previous commission.
a process establishing formal input from, and ongoing communications with, Native American tribal interests, as a chairman of the MPO.
- the proposed Community of Faith organization to address the need for volunteers during county-wide emergencies such as hurricanes, forest fires and flooding. Ironically, Hurricane Irma required the first meeting’s postponement until Jan. 24.
- a program following Hurricane Irma to announce statewide and nationally that “Naples is Open for Business” resulting in a downtown Naples concert raising approximately $65,000 for the hardest hit areas of the county.
The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 28. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 6th.
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Executive Aide to Commissioner Penny Taylor