County Commissioner District 2 - REP
2022 General - Voter Guide Ranking
County Commissioner District 2 - REP
2022 Clean Water Questionnaire Responses
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- Question 1 : Yes1) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is finalizing the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), and while the plan should reduce harmful discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, discharges will still occur when the level of the lake gets too high. Do you agree the Army Corps and the South Florida Water Management District must send more water south during the dry season in order to minimize the possibility of discharges and their impact on human health and the environment?
- Question 2 : Yes2) Florida is booming, with an estimated 1,000 people moving here every day. As a result, development is pushing growth further into Florida’s rural and natural areas, imperiling wildlife and natural resources like clean water. Will you oppose changes to your county’s Comprehensive Plan/Urban Development Boundary that would allow non-agricultural development in rural areas outside the urban, most densely developed area(s) in your county?
Collier has a long term growth and development plan. We will grow appx another 50% over years to come. I will oppose changes to that plan that deviate from the original well thought out plan.
- Question 3 : No3) State legislation, FDEP data and the Blue-Green Algae Task Force all report agriculture as the dominant source of phosphorus and nitrogen within most impaired watersheds of Florida. Do you agree industries and property owners should be held to clearly enforceable pollution standards and penalties; including mandatory adoption and verification of best management practices, and to implement inspection programs targeting septic, agriculture and industrial wastewater?
I'm for smaller government and less control. While I do believe in education and best practices, I oppose oppressive measures to enforce and penalize hard working people. Septic tanks will and do fail, upon failure, they can upgrade to more environmentally friendly systems or opt into city sewer if available.
- Question 4 : No4) Key water bodies along the Florida coast, including the Indian River Lagoon and Biscayne Bay, are plagued by excess nutrient pollution which kills seagrass. This in turn has led to increased turbidity and reduced habitat essential for fish, birds, marine mammals, and other marine species. If elected, would you support aggressive measures to address water quality problems, including (but not limited to) a mandatory septic inspection program, increased investment in septic-to-sewer conversions and upgrades to municipal sewage treatment facilities, increased stormwater pollution controls and tougher fertilizer restrictions coupled with strict enforcement?
Again, Im not for telling people what they can and cant do. The role of government is first, to protect and secure the peoples God given rights. We can obtain clean water objectives without going with "strict enforcement". There are are bio reactors that use clean energy to filter storm and runoff water that use woodchips to remove 95% of affluents that may be found and pump the clean water back into our water bodies.
- Question 5 : Yes5) Special interests in Florida spend lavishly to influence elections at the local, state and federal level. The sugar industry, phosphate mining industry and big utilities, among others, spend millions to aid candidates who then back their preferred legislation - too often, at the expense of clean water. Do you agree your campaign will accept no contributions from any source with ties to polluting industries including, but not limited to, the sugar, phosphate and utility industries?
Ill accept donations from people who believe in my values, ideals and principles of God, Constitution and common sense.
The everglades are a natural filter. Before Okeechobee, water ran down through the everglades and into the ground to our aquifers.