Corkscrew Island Neighborhood Association June 19, 2012 _____________________________________________________________________________
A meeting of the Corkscrew Island Neighborhood Association (CINA) took place at the Corkscrew Sanctuary on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Fifteen people attended. President Bill McDaniel opened the meeting at 7 pm with the pledge of allegiance.
Minutes of April 17, 2012 Meeting The minutes of the April meeting were read and approved with no amendments.
Motion: a motion was made that the April minutes be approved with no corrections or amendments. It was seconded and passed unanimously.
President Bill McDaniel back President Bill McDaniel expressed pleasure to be back to moderate a CINA meeting again, explaining that his campaign committee meetings were also held on the third Tuesdays, which conflicted with CINA meetings. He thanked Secretary Doug Wilson for filling in for him in his absence. Bill is a candidate in the Collier County Commissioners’ race running for District 3, which election will be held August 14, 2012.
Debate Between Candidates for County Commissioner Doug reported that he had contacted the leaders of the two factions of the Golden Gate Association, about getting together and hosting a debate for the candidates. They are both on board and a telephone conference call is scheduled for Friday to iron out details. A discussion followed whether to have a debate for property appraiser and clerk of courts Dwight Brock. The Board of CINA could make the final detail decisions and circulate the information to the members. Maureen suggested the most important is the commissioner debate because that involves our issues, not the whole county. Jean offered that there is also an issue on judges (Naples Daily News has done a review of the judges). The other associations wanted it earlier since absentee voting starts mid-July. The decision was for Doug to go ahead and pick two dates at the AG center and send them to the candidates, inviting them to come and meet us. You can get an absentee ballot on: AllYourVotes.com. July 20 is Bill’s review for Naples Daily News.
Crime in the neighborhood Bill reviewed and affirmed what had been said before about crime in the neighborhood since he wasn’t here at the last two meetings. He further asked if we should bring the sheriff in to deal specifically with rural crime and speak about preventive measures since the resources and communications out here have changed. We now have Twitter, smart phones, video cameras. We want a positive impact on our neighborhood. Maureen suggested asking the sheriff to come to the October CINA meeting which will be after the August 14 elections. There has been theft at Big Island, it’s been hit three times for fuel and incidentals. The economy is not getting any better. There‘s tremendous stress out there in people.
Alligators Bill reported that six alligators had been killed over at the Big Island mine. They interviewed Dee Dee today, it will be on the 6 o’clock news.
Summer neighborhood picnic Nancy Wilson reported that she had been declined by the Sanctuary to hold a picnic on Sanctuary grounds and didn’t know where else to go. Bill offered to hold the picnic at his Big Island Excavating where they have a green space they are working on. The picnic will be held after the election on August 14, the date to be decided by Dee Dee Broxson, who works at Big Island, and Nancy.
Fire prevention Mike Knight from the Sanctuary who opens our meeting room doors, reminded everybody that it is still dry, so don’t burn trash or brush.
Wildlife sightings Lynn Radi said his granddaughter saw a cougar in the neighborhood. A discussion followed about the meaning of this.
Ed Carlton to retire from Sanctuary Mike Knight announced that Ed Carlton, director for 38 years of Audubon Corkscrew Sanctuary is retiring in ten days. Jason Lauritsen will be the new director.
Motion: A motion was made to adjourn the meeting at 8 pm. It was seconded and passed unanimously.